Apple Blossom

Amaryllis I forgot to label my amaryllis bulbs in the containers I planted them in. The experience of watching the bloom take on color this month has been like Christmas all over again.  The surprise of what the bloom color will be is almost as exciting as having the uplifting color indoors during these drab winter […]

You Can Grow Roses

Fullscreen capture 242013 50425 PM Do you remember the first time you saw a Knock Out rose shrub?  What was your impression of that new promise to be able to have a rose garden with ease in your home garden? I will admit when I first saw the Knock Out at the garden center I was working at about 8 […]

LF User Spotlight

Fullscreen capture 1302013 73327 PM Each day is filled with networking about the fun things I grow in my greenhouse or in the garden depending on the time of year. There are many amazing people on Twitter who enjoy sharing their experience by commenting to others.  If it weren’t for conversation on the social networks I don’t think I would […]

I Saw an Angel in a Conifer Garden

23545f9e077c11e2aeda22000a1de2e0_7 On a beautiful autumn day I got to spend the day in one of the most inspiring gardens in Michigan.  Conifer expert and horticulture editor Ron Elardo gave my friend Maria and I a tour of his personal conifer garden as well as the Hidden Lake Gardens.  I share more about this visit on Conifers […]

Gardening with Confidence – with Helen Yoest

One of my favorite chapters on Kids in the Garden 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 […]

Where Do You Find Peace?

Instagram #autumn rose garden Peace Are you a ‘soon as your head hits the pillow you are out’ kind of person or does it take some time to find that inner peace before drifting off to sleep land? I don’t usually have a hard time falling to sleep even during the busy times in my life over the past year […]

Flickr Friday : Did You Know

20130105-003523.jpg Did you know that the largest sharing and photo networking site Flickr was created by Caterina Fake in 2004?  I was quit impressed to read of her other achievements over the year and what a pioneer in social media she has been.  Browsing her blog has been an eye opener for me as from the […]

Isn’t It Wonderful

snow_decorBG Many wonder how can I stand to see the lush landscape go from green to bare and almost lifeless.  A few have asked me why do I enjoy living in Ohio especially during the winter months when the temperatures drop way below freezing for many days.  The image above is just one of the many […]

#barnstalking

124623114660464727_5RBarz9f_c They are structures that blended into the country fields around me until I found a hashtag on Instagram a little over a year ago.  I was captivated by some of the amazing images Instagram users like briandowd and cmykchicago were sharing.   These two instagram guru’s share some of the best instant images daily and I […]

Happy New Year

feature Happy New Year Everyone! I think this is the first year I’m not feeling bummed about being ‘fluffy’ (my term for being over weight) and making a new year resolutions that is domed like all the years past.  One thing I learned in 2012 is that you have to put your heart into life and […]

Winters Late Arrival

snow_feature Winter Storm Takes on Ohio the Day After Christmas We have been waiting for this snow ‘storm’ after missing the jet-stream that brought snow to the Midwest the week before Christmas. Winter finally arrived late afternoon in my garden and it was fun to share images and tweets with everyone using social networking.  The shares […]

Count Down 2013

Growing Year-Round in OHio Some of my favorite shares from 2012 ….. IF you can’t view this Flickr Slideshow : Click Here. to be re-directed to my FLickr Pro Page. A Few of My Favorite Things in 2012 ……  I can’t wait to share more with you in 2013! Like this:Like Loading…

Amaryllis Natural : No Soil

20121213-190515.jpg Have you ever grown anything with no soil? I was inspired by a photo on Google+ this morning by Nancy Wallace  (Garden Consultation) to try growing my amaryllis in a glass container with no soil. I had seen images of bulbs growing this way before in a few popular home magazines but have never actually […]

Black Olive Tapenade

oliveDish I shared this tasty treat on Instagram last night and had a few folks ask if I would share the recipe.  This is the perfect treat on a cozy winter night and  goes great with most any red wines. Black Olive Tapenade  Recipe : Click Image It’s shares like these that make me wish I […]

A Piece of NYC : Cannoli Style

LA Burdick Chocolate Basket The chocolate in this photo share appears to have nothing to do with growing but I’m going to share with you how it is about of growing garden relationships using social media.  You see, I started following this talented foodie / lifestyles writer back in March 2012 while attending the Philadelphia Flower show. We both […]

Poinsettia Care : They Can Survive The Holidays!

Poinsettia at Bostdorff Garden Center / BG Ohio A friendly reminder that it is time to water those Poinsettia plants you received at Thanksgiving.  A few weeks ago I had the privilege of spending the afternoon at Bostdorff Garden Center in Bowling Green, Ohio with garden writer Kate Copsey.  During our visit I captured some video of Mrs. Bostdorff who was so kind […]

Amaryllis : Planting Tips

20121211-233958.jpg Every year I’m super busy decorating my home, baking cookies, making Christmas cards and getting together with family and friends that I totally forget to plant my holiday bulbs.  I’m lucky if I remember to drop those cute little paper white bulbs I pick up at the local independent garden center into a container after […]

Winner Announced / 2 Tickets to the #nwfgs

small_nwfgs One of the lively container designs featured at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show 2012 I want to thank everyone who entered the Northwest Flower and Garden Show ticket giveaway  featured on BGgarden.com site this week. I look forward to sharing with you at the show in February 2013 using social media.  The qualifying participant […]

From My Tool Tote : Giveaway

BGgarden_pruner_corona (2) There are a dozen garden giveaways going on right now in the gardening social world.  I think it is awesome to see everyone getting into the Christmas spirit and giving from their gardens.  That is why I asked my friends at Corona Tools if I could giveaway a few of my favorite products I use […]

Veggie Growing in December

Broccoli from my Summer Garden Be sure to click on the image below to read the rest of the story….. When the days leading up to Christmas get a little hectic there is always inspiration and a breath of fresh air in the greenhouse.   Click on the images above to find out more about what I’m growing in my Ohio […]

Christmas Give Back To Nature #GardenWalk

Air Plants - BGgarden.com My Thursday #gardenwalk share is from The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. It is a quick hour drive up north from my home and garden and I wish I could get up there more often to visit.  Matthaei Botanical Garden and Arboretum connects people with nature. They teach about sustaining the […]