This is the first year in my landscape located behind the garage that the Joe Pye weed is larger then my Oakleaf hydrangea. At first I was totally bummed that my beloved hydrangea had to be cut all the way back to the ground after the hard winter. Once the Herbaceous perennial ( Joe Pye weed) […]
This Dahlia is from LongField Gardens In my home garden today … taken with my iphone5s. Give Dahilas a chance and grow some of your own!
Road trip on Tuesday brought me to beautiful Midland Michigan to be a part of the Michigan Landscape Design Tour held by MNLA. After checking in to my hotel room located on the Northwood University Campus I headed in town to check out the sites. Thanks to the floral landscape in front of the Farmers […]
Summer is quickly coming to an end and it is time to seriously start thinking about Spring. As the blooms start to fad and the cool days of Autumn are just around the corner it’s time to start digging holes for bulbs. One of my favorite additions to the garden that I enjoy having as […]
Hosta plants have been a staple in my garden for over 20 years. I can’t imagine a garden in the Midwest without these easy to grow perennials. There are hundreds of different sizes and shapes all of which flowers at some point during the late season. Blooms of which I have been cutting off the […]
Little did I know when I planted this 3″ pot filled with a hibiscus perennial in my new rose garden in 2013 it would quickly grow to be one of my summer crushes. I’m talking about a few of my favorite hibiscus including Heartthrob that has huge blooms that come back every year in my Ohio home […]
All summer it seems I’ve been watching the rain develop over to the North and South of my garden leaving us dry and having to water the garden. Recently neighboring community Toledo, Ohio water source was declared toxic and over 400,000 residents were advised NOT to drink or water vegetables with the city water that […]
YES Please ….. It is the first week in August here in the Midwest and we are experiencing a dry spell that I remember reading predictions about in the Farmers Almanac last winter. I told myself then that I would reflect on how much snow we had and how I would stay warm dreaming […]
Orange,red,purple and most definitely green peppers are at the top of my list of favorites to grow and prepare during the summer months. Preparing the pepper by slicing, dicing, or keeping it whole are all ways you can not go wrong when enjoying a healthy pepper. In today’s post I want to share with you […]
Earthworm Technologies guest host on #gardenchat on Twitter Monday, July 21, 2014 and the buzz was all about Sustainable Organic Gardening . Our friends at @EarthwormTec picked this topic because they felt everyone could benefit from getting some gardening tips to not just help grow your own herb gardens, flower gardens, vegetables and fruits but to open your […]
Some of the most stunning blooms in my home garden this week are coming from the Hibiscus Plants. There are three different types of hibiscus in my garden and I ‘m going to share them with a growing tip for you today on this blog post. Perennial Hibiscus In the image below is my is […]
The only explanation for the blooms finally turning blue after lower the pH of the soil is that this hydrangea did not bloom last year. Maybe if it would have bloomed they would have……
What could be better then a plant that takes care of itself and brings happiness? NOTHING – That is why I’m excited to share a few of my favorite sunflowers that are popping up in my garden this year. These sunflowers that have been added to my garden by the visiting birds is just another […]
The willow that gives personality to the landscape 3 out of the 4 seasons in my Midwest may not be the right choice for all landscapes. I first noticed the dappled willow or ‘Hakuro-nishiki’ a few years ago on a residential property on the way into town. The quick growing shrub was beautiful and appeared […]
HELLO … because zucchini bread rocks and the squash is super easy to grow! Read more in this post for the recipe.
If you garden and grow your own food you KNOW the joy just before lunchtime when I picked my first 2 oriental eggplants from the raised bed garden. Hmmm…. what can I do with just a small amount of eggplants and a garden filled with herbs, garlic and onions? I’m skillet grilling in olive oil […]