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Take The #icebucketchallenge in your garden!

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 […]
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Think Weed and add a Joe Pye to Your Garden

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) […]
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Container Envy at Chippewassee Park

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 […]
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Hiding Out with Hostas : Tips on Planting Tulips

Summer is quickly coming to an end and it is time to seriously start thinking about Spring. As the blooms start to fad and the cool days of Autumn are just around the corner it’s time to start digging holes for bulbs. One of my favorite additions to the garden that I enjoy having as […]
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Spicy Cheese Kale Chip Recipe

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 […]
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OUCH … does that hurt? 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 […]
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Summer Crush on Perennial Hibiscus

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 […]
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Saving Water During Dry Spell

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 […]