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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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Distant Drum Sunrise

This just maybe my last walk and share from my front rose garden to capture the blooms for 2014. After being cheated out of a spring filled with new rose blooms I’m not going to complain about the abundance of blooms this late in the season. It’s killing me not being able to cut them […]
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A few of my favorite mums

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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Infinity Edge Reflection Pool

Ultimate Walkout Landscape

The aultiment  When I think of walkout landscaping this spectacular lake front garden that was part of a landscape tour I went on in Cleveland Ohio in 2012 is the first thing that pops into my mind. How cool is this platform that hoovers over Lake Erie giving you the effect that you are walking […]
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Remembering Spring in my September Garden

It’s early a late morning share from my rose garden that I started out front my sun room two years ago. September 25 was a perfect weather day in the garden with a cool breeze and temperatures in the low 70’s. The roses blooming today like they do in late May is a wonderful surprise […]
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Tips on Growing Begonia in the Home Garden

In the spring I did some experimenting and started a few begonias from seed / root. I had grown a begonia from a tuber a year ago successfully but because it was my first time the green that slowly grew was lost when I put it back in the greenhouse the following Autumn. Here’s how to grow […]
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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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Dahlias and Coffee - myth busters in the garden

Coffee for Roses with C.L. Fornari @TheGardenLady

Not only did the title catch my attention with mention of ‘Coffee’ but the fact that I followed a suggestion from a source on social media and use coffee grounds in my garden to help the plants. Does it really do anything ….
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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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Here Comes Autumn

There are eight more days until the first day of Autumn … someone please inform #mothernature
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I'm in love with these leaves!

How to Grow Caladiums Indoors

One of the prettiest leaf patterns on a plant is that of the caladium. I just love the beautiful colors in the large heart shaped leaves of this plant and would do almost anything to keep it growing indoors through the winter. A few years ago…..
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Saving Seeds from My Mystery Plant (Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Hortensia’)

First introduced into my in town small garden  years ago not knowing what it was but trusted the garden center owner who encouraged me to purchase my first plant. After moving to the country it was one of the plants that should have been moved but left behind.  The plant is perfect for the elements […]
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DID YOU know 1/3 of the food on your plate you can thank the bees! #foodfarmchat

Eat, Tweet and Grow Food: My Takeaway from #MeetVeggies

Social media has made me a better gardener and I can’t imagine growing without it.  To be able to talk to people around the world who are growing in different ways inspires me.  We can all learn from one another about how to grow success using the web.  If it weren’t for being so active […]
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