Ultimate Walkout Landscape

Infinity Edge Reflection Pool 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 […]

Why Limelight Hydrangea in Your Homegarden

IMG_4437.JPG 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 […]

Take The #icebucketchallenge in your garden!

#Icebucketchallenge clipart Have you been seeing people from around the country of all walks of life dumping buckets of ice water over their heads? I’ve seen some pretty cool ones coming from the garden world.  I was challenged on Tuesday to take the #icebucketchallenge by my friend Kerrie at SeedKeeperCo in Chicago so here it goes….. Can’t […]

Think Weed and add a Joe Pye to Your Garden

DSC_6297 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) […]

Container Envy at Chippewassee Park

IMG_3143.JPG 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 […]

Spicy Cheese Kale Chip Recipe

Spicy Cheesy Kale Chips I’ve got tons of kale growing in my home garden this year! Not knowing how easy it was to grow kale I totally loaded up on starter plants in the late spring and added them to my raised beds here in growing zone 5b Ohio.  Each day I harvest at least 2 baskets full of […]

OUCH … does that hurt? Hosta Flowers

Hosta Flowers 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 […]

Summer Crush on Perennial Hibiscus

Summer Crush in Michigan Garden 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 […]

Saving Water During Dry Spell

20140806-010933-4173128.jpg 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 […]

The #Saturday6 Bloggers Talk about Family-Friendly Gardening on Twitter #gardenchat

Troy-bilt on #gardenchat August 4th 2014 You’ll know I’m a huge fan ( and the administrator) of #gardenchat network so I want to tell you about tonights event featuring some of my favorite gardening bloggers and Troy-Bilt . We’re happy to welcome back Troy-Bilt® (@Troybilt), a leading manufacturer of lawn and garden outdoor power equipment, as host of our #gardenchat. Tonight, we’re […]