About Bren

Everyday Gardener in Hardiness Zone 5b * Photo Addict * Gardener * Foodie * I'm on the HGTVgardens Team * Administrator of #gardenchat *
Website: http://www.bggarden.com
Bren has written 831 articles so far, you can find them below.
Orange Thumb Winners 2015

2015 Project Orange Thumb Grant Recipients Announced

Click this link to see the detailed list of winners : Fiskar Project Orange Thumb.  As a leader in the lawn and garden industry, Fiskars believes in contributing to community gardening and the healthy, sustainable living it provides. Through Project Orange Thumb®, Fiskars awards cash and garden tools to help support community garden goals across […]

I Brought the Snow With me to Atlanta

It was an adventure to get here but well worth the travel in winter weather …. I’m in Atlanta this week sharing from the Garden Blogger Conference. I will be sharing from the event on #GBCatl hashtag so be sure to connect using social media.

The Amaryllis That Brightened My Winter

When I first planted this bulb as we rang in the new year I was a little nervous at how long it was taking to show signs of life. After about three weeks it started to sprout some green. I had fun sharing this on my Instagram early in January. Shares From Instagram After the […]

Splash of Color in the Shade Garden

The news is reporting that we may break records in my Ohio garden for the month of February with record lows. Today is a perfect day to reflect on the shade garden from last summer. Come enjoy the photo show I share today on this post.

Growing Cardoon With Online Help

I bought these cardoon seeds two years ago and never added them to my garden. I think when I purchased them I may have mistaken them for my beloved annual ‘fireworks’.Gomphrena.Today as I sorted seeds preparing for spring sowing I came across them and decided to ask Twitter users if anyone had grown the Cardoon […]

Perfect Valentine’s Day : Attend a Seed Swap!

Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine … not just another Hallmark Holiday. I use to love Valentine’s Day as a kid making up cards to give to everyone. This year I’m asking my sweetheart to attend a seed swap with me! Don’t miss the exciting information about a local seed swap going on this weekend along with a photo collection of vintage Valentine’s Cards.

Cutting Garden Journal By Sarah Raven

My Midwest gardens have featured flowers that can be cut and enjoyed indoors for the past 20 years. I first fell in love with the idea of adding flowers to my garden that could be cut after my sister in law gave me a cuttings to bring home from her beautiful Ohio garden when I was a new home owner. When I received Cutting Garden Journal by Sarah Raven I became even more excited about expanding my cut flower garden.

One Good Bugs in the Landscape

Knowing good bugs is a great way to avoid using pesticides in your landscape and garden. Recently at the Great Lakes Trade Expo put on by the Michigan Nursery Landscape Association I got to speak with John Stone of the Michigan State University Pesticide Safety Education Program. John brought a rack filled with tubes of […]
Secone time around - Blooms in Late August

Delphiniums : Welcome Bees, Hummingbirds and Summer Smiles

This plant ended up being planted right off of my front porch because I knew it would put off long spike blooms of blue that would compliment the Rudbeckia and Echinacea (Coneflower) growing in the same garden. When I purchased the plant it came in a 4 pack from one of my favorite garden center in …. (More)

Think Bees and The Blooms They Enjoy

Paul was speaking at the Michigan Nursery Landscape Associations on some pretty cool topics including pollinators in the garden. After hearing Paul speak I really got thinking about the blooms bees enjoy in my garden. In this post I share a few of my favorites along with growing tips.

Snow Storm Walk In The Veggie Garden

The storm prediction came pretty quick but the snow system stalled over the Midwest this weekend. The snow started late Saturday and is still falling steady 24 hours later. I’ve been clearing the sidewalks to the mud room, front porch and sun room on and off all day. Just before sunset I took a walk […]