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Gardening in zone 5b

North America is divided into gardening zones to help categorize and create organization when sharing garden information. This is where you will find information about growing in zone 5b Ohio.

Territorial Seeds

Curiosity has me wanting to ask on my blog today if anyone else uses social networks like Facebook and Twitter more then they do their personal blog?  In the past year I’ve had the privileged of attending a few social media seminars focusing on the topic of how to use these forums.   The number one […]
Raised Beds

Small Budget Big Blooms

Winter is usually the time of year that I use to organize and get caught up on any reading I have collected during the year.   For Christmas I received ‘The Small Budget Gardener’ by Maureen Gilmer as a gift.    I’m enjoying the book even though I’m not reading every word.   It doesn’t mean it isn’t […]
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Proven Winners : Extravaganza

When you plan your garden each year what varieties of blooms do you use to makes your garden a winning combination? Do you mix annuals in with perennials or do you stick to only growing veggies? However your garden grows, chances are you have something by Proven Winners adding to your gardening experience. I’m a […]

Winter Bouquet

A few of my favorite things are herbs and annuals I can grow or winter over in the greenhouse.   I take pride in the herbs that are produced in the winter.  Growing fresh parsley and keeping blooms that would normally only be grown in the summer here in zone 5 makes me feel like I’m […]
Bren's Italian Salsa

Back in the Kitchen with Italian Salsa

Nothing beats opening a jar of canned roma’s from the summer canning projects and mixing it with some of my favorite herbs from the winter greenhouse.   Tonight’s dish was whipped up with some garden fresh love. Simple and fresh ingredients  will make any dish a gourmet addition to the menu. CLICK IMAGE above for RECIPE […]

Christmas Presents from the Garden

One of the highlights of the summer is the beautiful foliage and fragrant blooms on the large Oakleaf Hydrangea .  Many of us remembers the Hydrangea from our childhood from our  grandmothers garden.   We are fortunate to be able to fall in love with this beautiful bloom in our adulthood thanks to the  new varieties […]

Ginkgo After Autumn Frost

Each early Autumn the majestic Ginkgo tree in my garden quickly takes on its gold transition. Within hours of sunrise after the first frost the leaves quickly fall to the ground. Today I share a video of the tree that captivates me with hopes of holding on to its beauty anytime of the year. Click […]

Autumn Rustic Roast Dinner

The harvest season in the garden has come to an end and now we are enjoying the fruits of our labor on the dinner table.   Todays recipe share is made with our Irish potatoes we grew and stored in the cellar for the past few months and carrots that were harvest last week before the […]

Extreme Green and Dressing

Nothing grows as healthy as my lettuce mixes in the greenhouse.  I usually have at least a dozen container growing at random times so we can always enjoy a fresh mix on the dinner table.   For information on the seeds I use and my greenhouse conditions read more HERE or click on the image to […]

First Frost of the Season

I’m starting to see winter in my neck of the woods. Black Lace™ Sambucus Nigra I’m seeing some stress on my Proven Winners Sambucus after 2 nights in a row of temperature down in the low 30*F’s. The view this morning after the heavy frost of the 8 foot shrub is a reminder of winter. […]

Autumn Storm on Ginkgo

The weather turned dark quickly this late Tuesday morning. Here is the view from under my Gingko tree that appears to have taken on Autumn color over night. I can’t help but think the 60 plus MPH winds may have scared those Autumn tones out of it. My hopes are that there will be a […]

Seasons Change

I’m loving the change of seasons as I work hard to prepare for more shares from my garden to continue into the winter season. Cleaning the garden beds, putting trellis away for the winter, loading up the greenhouse where I am growing year round and collecting images from my garden world to share with you […]
Illumination® Orange Tuberous Begonia / Proven Winners

Begonia Heat in Autumn

Illumination® OrangeTuberous Begonia by Proven Winners Click in the Gallery above for closer look! The Illumination Orange Begonia by Proven Winners that I found at a local Garden Center has been growing on my front porch since early June.    I’m loving the heat these summer favorites are putting off during these cool days of Autumn.   […]
Alien Pack?

Wonder Wednesday : Aliens?

Something  about walking the black swamp woods this time of year puts me in a  trance.  It is almost like exploring another time which makes me lose track of the world outside of the woods.   I can’t help but wonder if I am sharing that walk with someone unknowing. Perhaps that other is in […]
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Bloom Tuesday

As the nights begin to creep closer to the freeze mark I can’t help but wonder how many more Bloom Tuesdays shares from outdoors we will enjoy for this year.  To some the thoughts of Autumn includes putting the blooms to sleep for the winter and a rest period of sort to prepare for next season […]
Dendranthema 'Frost Igloo'

Fertilize Friday

A showcase of Chrysanthemums that I’m enjoying in my garden on Fertilize Friday.   If you click on the images above you will see a larger image with description.  I think my favorite this year is the daisy like mum with the yellow centers.  That bloom is just so ‘happy’. Like this:Like Loading…

Out of the Box Autumn Containers

Autumn is starting to put on its much anticipated  yearly color show in Ohio.  I must admit, I was a little worried with the dry  month of September  and the fact that we had lost so many leaves off of the mature trees.  Today I began to see the familiar signs of the season that […]

Lantana Pods

It has been almost a year since I’ve been totally into seeds.  I grew most of my annuals and veggies in the gardens this year from seeds.  The urge to seed shop is still a compulsion of mine and I have yet to pass a good seed display in the shops.  As the season changes […]
Fanfair Stages

Friday Flaunt Captures Stages

Gaillardia ‘Fanfare’ Common name : Blanket Flower The Blanket Flower always puts on a fabulous show the first year in my garden.  The second year it is just a memory because I never have luck with this perennial returning to my garden.   The Gaillardia in the image above is in its’ second year so this […]
Clouds Arrive

Images from the Equinox

I was getting a tad bit frustrated with the glare I was getting on my lens from the full moon. When I read that it was a the first full moon on autumn equinox in 20 years the glare didn’t seem so bad. Before giving up and turning in for the night, I headed back […]

Canning Tomatoes: Complete the Circle

I’ve been using the Hot Bath Method to set up many different types of tomatoes for the past 12 years.  In this video I share with you tomato canning day in my kitchen.    For a list of what you will need to do this project refer to my blog post at Canning Tomatoes Part1 . […]

Autumn Walk in the Black Swamp

Did I mention how much I love using Wordpress? Using a new way of sharing images that are in the blog gallery in todays share from my neck of the woods. It is beginning to look like Autumn in BGgarden.