English Garden Escape

My Poppies in 1992 First Home The footage is from a delightful garden tucked behind an English couples home in Kent. I loved seeing how the gardens were laid out and how you were welcomed into each room with established trees, roses and perennials. I was inspired to try growing poppies again …..

Fearless Food Gardening Event on #gardenchat

index Want to grow your own food successfully? I love the words of LaManda Joy (Peterson Garden Project founder) ‘Lessons from WW2: Keep it Simple Stupid’. This Chicago grower tells it as it is and speaks from experience as she teaches a new generation of food gardeners in  Pop-up Victory gardens. LaManda has spent  the past […]

One Word Photo Challenge: Purple

Creeping Phlox One of my favorite hobbies is to take photos of just about everything.   Jennifer Nichole Wells  who hosts one of my favorite photography blogs is hosting a ‘One Word Photo Challenge’.   This weeks color is one of my favorites in the garden and so my image comes from my early Spring garden border. Creeping phlox […]

Kick Start the Day Blueberry Smoothie

20140204-104804.jpg Blueberry Smoothie to Kick Start The Day This delicious and refreshing smoothie recipe has been my favorite all winter long.  I’ve been using frozen berries and some greens that I’ve been able to harvest from my greenhouse during the last few months.  Blueberries are not only popular, but also repeatedly ranked in the U.S. diet […]

6 Spring Gardening Tips You Won’t Want To Miss

proven winners landscape Spring is just a few short days away and many are looking forward to getting out into the garden to grow something.   Here are a few quick tips that have saved me time and money in the garden that I hope will help you as well. 1. Composition matters … don’t just buy one perennial […]

Easy Sow Zinnias

Zinnia News One of my favorite seeds to sow direct in my Ohio garden is the zinnia seed.  There are dozens of different varieties in all shapes and sizes making this the bloom that will work in any mostly sunny to full sun landscape. I have been direct sowing zinnias for over 10 years in my Country […]

Carrots, Chicken and Herb Soup on Sunday

Chicken and Carrot Soup Recipe It’s been an extremely cold winter for the Midwest  and I was doing so well not falling under the weather.  Today I’m suffering from a horrible head cold and I’m trying super hard not to let it get the best of me by loading up on veggies and extra fruit with vitamin C.   One of […]

Pulled Pork #FennelFriday Secret Ingredient

Pulled Pork and Slaw We are getting our share of winter this year in the Midwest and nothing warms me and my family up like home made comfort foods.  Today the house smells amazing from this family favorite recipe that I love cooking in the slower cooker all day with scents of garlic and my special BBQ sauce. Pulled […]

Plant By Numbers by @rainforestgardn

Plant By Numbers 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 […]

5 Important Things You Should Know About Tomatoes

Brandywine and more : Summer Harvest There is no denying that one of the highlights of summer is home grown tomatoes.  If you have every experienced growing your own and being able to pick your own fruit and bring it into your kitchen to dice up for a meal or snack. Tomatoes are just all about healthy living no matter how […]

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 […]

Wrapping and Chatting Family Sunday

Sweet and Sour with the Egg Rolls A friend on Twitter shared earlier that she was enjoying the day in two speeds:slow and slower. This is Tweet totally captured my Sunday as I spend it sharing memories with my family. My Dad was awesome…. … If you saw my shares ‘down by the river’ yesterday I have my father to blame for […]

Growing a Table Setting

20140219-014213.jpg Growing what I can bring to my dinning room table is what I enjoy most about growing. Today as I sort through seeds I’ve saved I can’t help but imagine how beautiful a table set with zinnias,snapdragons and dahlias as the center piece will look during the Summer months. Growing a Table Setting A few […]