Gardenia Indoors

f07a4f0ad33411e1aee522000a1e8a5f_7 There is nothing more fragrant then the fresh bloom of the gardenia plant.  This beautiful species caught my eye back in late winter last year when I was a guest of Costa Farms to view the amazing trial gardens in Miami, Florida where their greenhouse are located. One thing I’ve learned as a photographer is […]

Takeya Iced Tea and Me

DSC_9661 I’m going to totally brag about my addiction to sharing images and connecting with people in this blog post today.  I’m still all giggly about the fact that  I won a Takeya Iced Tea Kit just by doing what I love to do most : Pinning! A few weeks ago I was going through my […]

Growing Healthy Citrus in Ohio

Lemon Shrub Blooms in August My very first citrus shrub that was gifted from Black Diamond Nursery in Perrysburg,Ohio. I had just completed a photo assignment in 2009 for a project I was doing for Garden World Report featuring some of my favorite garden centers and what they were doing during the holiday season. You can find out more about […]

Pink Promise

pinkpromose This is the year of the rose in my garden. Thanks to all the information and social networking support from my rose enthusiast friends I’m being adventurous and growing roses I never dreamed of trying in my Ohio garden. The other day while shopping at a local garden center I came across this healthy looking […]

Clean Up Saturday with Baby Hawk

Liriope muscari Busy week ahead with heading to the Independent Garden Center Show and loading up the GMC and throwing a party with LaManda at the Peterson Garden in Chicago. I made a commitment to spend most of the day on Saturday cleaning up around the front landscape of my home. I’m glad I made that choice […]

Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Salad

Tomato,Mozzarella and Basil Salad Do you shop at the grocery store for food items that will go with what you are growing this time of year? I call it the ‘Garden First Shopping List’.   The other day while picking up some much needed meal planning staples like bread, milk and eggs I grabbed a chuck of mozzarella cheese […]

Lend a Green Thumb Follow #GMCNYC

blogher2012-296x300 I’m heading to New York City for the BlogHer12 Event tomorrow. I can’t stop pinching myself …. I’m actually going to #BLOGHER12! To kicking  off #Blogher12 in true garden gal style I’m  joining a few green thumb bloggers who will be meeting the fun gals from GMC to navigate through Manhattan to Sprainbook Nursery located […]

Why My Lawn Is Important To More Than Just ME!

Lawn Care w/ Calico Kitty Calico Betty Enjoying the Lawn in Our Garden “A plot of grass,usually tended or mowed, as one around a residence or in a park or estate.” is the defination for Lawn on Yahoo Education. Who wrote that narrow definition anyways?  The definition of lawn to me is so much more…  it includes a very important […]

Plant Up Some Kid-Friendly Hanging Boxes

BGgardenSwing12 (2) Being a Mom has been a pretty cool gig… especially when we can play in the garden soil together.  A few years back I came across these really neat hanging baskets that had clips on them that could attach to the side of a deck.  The first thing I thought of was the railing on […]

Why I’m #gardenchat s Biggest Fan

GCbirdy For the past two years I’ve been watching the clock and counting down the minutes until the Monday night party begins! This Twitter based chat forum has made Monday  super exciting unlike the years before when it was only the day that marked the start of the work week. For the past few years I’ve […]

Tu b e r o u s B e g o n i a Champagne

Begonia At first glance the bloom of the tuberous Begonia looks like a rose.  The champagne color caught my eye while shopping at a local IGC. and I just knew it would stand out on the shaded deck near our pond.  This annual has been growing in the hanging basket featured in the image above for […]