Mystery Sunflower

Happy Volunteers

What could be better then a plant that takes care of itself and brings happiness? NOTHING –  That is why I’m excited to share a few of my favorite sunflowers that are popping up in my garden this year.  These sunflowers that have been added to my garden by the visiting birds is just another […]
willow upclose : is it the shrub for your garden?

Is Dappled Willow the RIGHT Choice in your Landscape

The willow that gives personality to the landscape 3 out of the 4 seasons in my Midwest may not be the right choice for all landscapes.  I first noticed the dappled willow or  ‘Hakuro-nishiki’  a few years ago on a residential property on the way into town.  The quick growing shrub was beautiful and appeared […]
Bren Sharing Harvest Today #selfie

It’s OK to #Selfie Share in Moderation

Being a photographer gives me an excuse to be the one hiding behind the lens of a camera.  I wouldn’t consider myself shy  but I’m constantly trying to build confidence to toot my own horn in person or online. The trendy of sharing #selfies has actually helped me be more confident at sharing a candid […]
My First Eggplant 2014

Dirt to Dinner : Skillet Eggplant Recipe

If you garden and grow your own food you KNOW the joy just before lunchtime when I picked my first 2 oriental eggplants from the raised bed garden.  Hmmm…. what can I do with just a small amount of eggplants and a garden filled with herbs, garlic and onions?  I’m skillet grilling in olive oil […]
Grilled Veggie and Pasta Recipe

Summer Pasta with Roasted Veggies and Basil Recipe

It’s the first days of summer and I’m seeing signs that my tomato harvest isn’t too far away.  The basil is in full bloom and ready to be picked and I’m craving a homemade pasta dish.  Tonight we are enjoying this easy recipe that you can recreate adding most any veggies you have ripe in […]
PlantsMap Gardenchat Guest Host

PlantsMap : Growing a Community on #gardenchat June 30

On Monday #gardenchat ( Twitter Chat Forum) the Founders of PlantsMap.com are guest hosting the 1 hour event.   I’m really excited to have Bill and Tracy Blevins on #gardenchat to share about their amazing gardening social platform called PlantsMap.  I recently started my own documentation on Plants Map featuring my BGgarden .  Bill Blevins helped […]
Ohio Science Highways - Barn

I’m Obsessed With Farm Structures : #barnstalking

On my Mothers Side of the family my grandparents and uncles were Michigan farmers. When it comes to my obsession with barns I can’t help but question if farming is something that runs in your blood?  It’s kind of like a craving …. I just want to get in the car and drive down the […]
3 Things to Love About June Gardening

3 Things to Absolutely Love About Gardening in June

The 30 days of June are always filled with outdoor garden adventures because the temperature in the Northern Hemisphere is amazing and quite perfect in my opinion as a Midwest gal! It’s hard to believe we are at the end of June 2014 and I can’t help but reminisce on the wonderful things the garden […]