My Poppies in 1992 First Home

English Garden Escape

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 …..
March 15, 2014 2
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Fearless Food Gardening Event on #gardenchat

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 […]
March 14, 2014 2
Creeping Phlox

One Word Photo Challenge: Purple

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 […]
March 13, 2014 10
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Kick Start the Day Blueberry Smoothie

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 […]
March 12, 2014 5
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6 Spring Gardening Tips You Won’t Want To Miss

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 […]
March 11, 2014 4
Zinnia News

Easy Sow Zinnias

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 […]
March 10, 2014 3
Chicken and Carrot Soup Recipe

Carrots, Chicken and Herb Soup on Sunday

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 […]
March 9, 2014 2
Pulled Pork and Slaw

Pulled Pork #FennelFriday Secret Ingredient

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 […]
February 28, 2014 1
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 […]
February 27, 2014 1