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Reviews, features, author interviews and book excerpts from the the publications I enjoy most.

Plant By Numbers

Plant By Numbers by @rainforestgardn

Houseplants always  look amazing in the garden centeres but there are a few I bring home and they just don’t look so good after a few weeks.  Today I’m talking with Steve Asbell  who is a Garden Writer, Artist and Author of ‘Plant By Numbers : 50 Houseplant combinations to decorate your space’.    I received […]
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A Garden of Marvels

A Garden of Marvels

Post by Brenda Haas. Comments on Facebook Post : Lisa Eldred Steinkopf I can’t wait to read it! I read her first book and loved it! January 31 at 7:56pm · Unlike · 2 Brenda Haas Lisa, I didn’t read the first one… I hope it’s ok to read out of sequence ! January 31 […]
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Fran Sorin : Roof Top Gardening

Digging Deep with Fran Sorin : Podcast

Have you ever read a book that motivates as it inspires you to express yourself in the garden.  I felt that way about Fran Sorin’s book ‘Digging Deep’.   Fran challenged me almost a year ago when I first read her book to get organized with my creative side in the garden.  Tonight I’m honored to […]
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Four Seasons of Roses 2014 by Susan Fox

I love sharing daily year-round about roses so when I received my copy of Four Seasons of Roses by Susan Fox you can imagine my excitement. Susan provides a calender, plenty of note space and detailed information about what to do in your rose garden January – December. One of my Favorite Rose Shrubs to […]
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Peas with Baked Ricotta

Peas with Baked Ricotta and Bread Crumbs

I’m not a vegetarian but I can be during the spring and summer harvest season.  The next few months when some of the veggies we started from seed are being harvested is truly one of the best seasons out of the year.  I’m really excited to share with you today the latest publication by Deborah […]
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One of my favorite chapters on Kids in the Garden

Gardening with Confidence – with Helen Yoest

She embraces gardening with her southern charm and style that shines through in her writings.  Helen Yoest is the owner of Gardening With Confidence™ website and can be found monthly in many of our favorite gardening magazines like  Better Homes and Gardens, Country Gardens, Traditional Home, and Southern Living Magazine.  Mid 2012 her very first […]
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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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The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener

Growing Veggies Year-Round No Matter Where You Live

This past Monday on #gardenchat (a Twitter based chat forum) we welcomed Canadian all natural grower Niki Jabbour.  Niki is the author of ‘The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener’ .  I had the privilege of meeting Niki Jabbour at the Philadelphia Flower Show this past spring so it was a delight to introduce her online to my […]
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Tulip Bundle on Valentines Day

Tussie – Mussies :The Language of Flowers

Happy Years – Memory says the Tulip Last Monday on #gardenchat we welcomed the talented author Geraldine Adamich Laufer (also known as @gardengeri ) as our guest host.  It was an hour filled with love as we  got to ask questions and learn more about the language of flowers from our #gardenchat friend Geri.  If […]
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I Live In Tomatoland

It isn’t every day an article or book can change your lifestyle.  Of course for me it takes additional weeks during my prime growing season to get through an entire book because I’m more of a visual person who would rather be out taking photos or some where with my hands in the soil.   After […]
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I Garden Urban Style

Rockin’ #gardenchat With The Garden Rockstar

Today I received my copy of  I Garden: Urban Style Grow The Garden that Fits Your Space & Schedule by Michael Nolan and Reggie Solomon.   The photo to the left is a MUST share considering I can’t help but imagine the creative ideas I’m going to get out of this book to help make this […]
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Grow It * Prepare It * Eat It : My Motto when Gardening

P.Allen Smith Brings Garden To The Table

As we dive into the sometimes exhausting chores of spring cleaning here in the Midwest, there is one thing going through my head that helps keep me energized: ‘Grow It * Prepare It * Eat It’. Could Gardening get any better then that….
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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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Chris McLaughlin: Heirlooms and Bunnies

Just when I thought there couldn’t possibly  be another thing I could  love about Chris Mclaughlin, one of my favorite garden writers : I read her favorite quote on facebook which states: “I can’t wait to turn 50. That day I become a respectable heirloom.” ~ me OH MY WORD…how cute is that?! I am […]
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Landscape Design Book that Keeps on Giving

  The small collection of books that never make it to the shelf in my office. Is there anyone who can say they don’t own a few good books that are hard to part with?  Coming from me, that is a major statement because I’m not a huge fan of just ‘whipping’ out a book […]
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Grocery Gardening

Grocery Gardening Brings Summer to My Midwest Winter Kitchen

Like most of the Midwest, this true Northerner spent most of yesterday preparing for what is being called the ‘BIGGEST STORM OF THE SEASON’.  This Garden Girly says ‘ BRING IT ON’ after spending the day before shopping for supplies and returning home to find Mr. UPS man had left me a wonderful surprise! My […]
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