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Autumn Features

Autumn is a time when the garden begins to rest. In these shares I capture what I enjoy most about that short time before Winter arrives in my Ohio garden and home.

So Sad To See You Go!

Sad to See You Go

Our first hard frost happen this weekend and with it came the fall of many colorful leaves. The ginkgo tree was the most noticeable the morning after the frost. Unfortunately, the evenings have been flirting with the freezing temperatures gradually dropping the electric yellow leaves throughout the week. See the sudden ginkgo leave fall that […]
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Friday Flower Flaunt

Autumn Garden For Flower Friday

Happy Autumn from my rose garden planted in 2012. The falling leaves from the swamp maple paint the landscape with it’s gold and red leaves. Look close to see one of my favorite dwarf hydrangeas. The Little Lime Hydrangea is one of my all time favorites especially this time of year as its pink edged […]
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Plumbago in Autumn

In my ‘Red, White and Blue Garden’ the plumbago is still putting on a striking color show. I’m so glad I added this to this little 6’x6′ growing space outside the mud room entry. The only problem I’ve had with this plant is I keep forgetting it’s name. @BG_garden plumbago — renita alexander (@kineard3) October […]
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The Hum of the Neighors Combine

Sights and Sounds of My Midwest Autumn

Fall is the most colorful time in my Midwest garden as the plants and trees show off one last time before going to sleep for the winter.  Here are a few of the sights you won’t want to miss from my Midwest Autumn. These are a few of the things I love most about Autumn. […]
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New Chrysanthemums and a Growing Tip

Each  Autumn a few of my local garden centers carry a few new varieties of chrysanthemums.  It is so much fun to look at the spectacular show on display at the center and pick a few new ones to grow in my home garden. This month while looking for a tree to replace one we […]
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It’s Autumn at Bench’s Greenhouse

It’s almost Autumn and I’m totally in the mood to decorate the garden as we head into the fall season. One of my favorite things to do is to head out for a drive and check out the sights and sounds in my area as the season changes. Trunk full…. Time to head home and […]
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Why Limelight Hydrangea in Your Homegarden

Why consider a Limelight Hydrangea? Not only is this shrub easy to grow, it can be found in most garden centers and the rich colored blooms may help you make your decision. There are hundreds of blooms that are about 8″x 5″ full flowers that can be cut and brought indoors. This Limelight Hydrangea was […]
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Muscari Bulbs : Easy Planting Tips

One of the highlights of spring  is watching these sweet scented blue bulbs called Muscari explode in the border of my landscape. Today I’m sharing with you a few of the reasons I’ve added these blooms to my gardens for over 20 years and how easy they are to add to yours. If you are […]
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Pumpkin Cake

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe

Beautiful day for a drive in Ohio as the tree have taken on breathtaking color and the air is crisp with scents of dried leaves. Watch out for the fields being covered with cow manure … there are a few scents out there you might not want to take in. OVER ALL – it is […]
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Kicking off The Holiday Season ….Wreath Winner Announced

And the Winner is …… ( watch the video ) Thank you everyone who  participated in the Cheerful Tradition Wreath Giveaway.  It has been inspiring reading about your holiday traditions you enjoy to continue each year.  Big THANK YOU to my friend P.Allen Smith for arranging this product giveaway.  I can’t wait to see where […]
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Recipe Here - Hunt's Fire Roasted Tomato Vegetable Soup

Fire Roasted Tomato Vegetable Soup #HuntsRecipes

Fire Roasted Tomato Vegetable Soup Busy week leading up to Thanksgiving and I’m super thankful for the recipe I’m sharing with you all today.  This is the perfect meal to warm the family up on a cool autumn evening. The seasoned tomatoes and hearty chunks used in this recipe may just have my home canned […]
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Holiday Planning With Southern Living

In July I was checking my list of last minute summer planting to be sure I had enough flowers to dry for my Christmas garland for that coming December.  December is my favorite time of the year but dreaming of Christmas decor in my summer garden has been a tradition for the past 10 years […]
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Cheerful Original Classic Wreath Giveaway

The cooler temperatures in my Ohio garden has brought me indoors to stay warm and start decorating for the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.  I’m so excited to be able to offer this giveaway from my friends at P.Allen Smiths because I have had my eye on his collection of Holiday decor since I first saw […]
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November Hydrengea Leaf : Rich Color

Passion for the Autumn Past

Learning from the past in the garden is very important.  In fact, it is one of the reasons I started my ‘blogging’ career just two years ago.  Taking images of the garden and sharing that information from season to season not only helps me grow in my gardening experience it helps me know what works […]
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Finding the Perfect Spot

A few days ago the first of my spring bulbs that I forced in the greenhouse started to open.  I quickly cut the sunny yellow daffodils and brought them into my earth tone home for all the enjoy.  By day two of having them in my home I noticed they really didn’t match my decor […]
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