Tales of a Cautious Rose Pruner

Red Carpet Rose After Winter 2014 Patiently waiting in my Northwest Ohio ( gardening zone 5b ) garden for the sunshine and warmer temperatures to wake up my rose shrubs. It is the first week with temperatures above freezing and I’m anxious to see any signs of life coming from my treasured roses. With all the excitement being shared on social […]

Got Bugs?

Bugs in my Garden Did you know that there are  many good bugs you may want to think twice about in your garden.  It’s true .. there are many fabulous bugs I welcome to my garden each year.  These bugs are called beneficial garden insects and they can help you grow organically and safely.  When you invite good bugs […]

Easy Seed Starting Project

#gardenchat Friend Tom Sent HOT SEEDS! After the winter of 2014 and the below normal temperatures in spring , I’m excited to get sowing seeds indoors.  Now that the weather forecast is starting to look like there are warmer days ahead it makes me super anxious to think about what to plant in my summer garden.  Seed sowing is super easy […]

It’s Time To Think Grow Your Own Fruit

Strawberry Plants Spring is taking it’s time here in the Midwest at warming up and that isn’t holding the nurseries and garden centers back from providing the trees, shrubs and plants that can be plant now. Just like Autumn planting season, this is the time to start planting many fruit shrubs and trees. Here are some of […]

I’m Sharing a Tip on Learning and Growing #PlantASeed

#plantaseed Earlier this month Kim Vij tweeted me about this really cool event taking place March 31 designed to get kids in the garden. @BG_garden @Pinterest so sorry I missed your #Pinspiration chat, we're excited about our March 31 project #plantaseed http://t.co/1zvC5eCJCf — Kim Vij (@EducatorsSpin) March 9, 2014 So I clicked on over to Kims’ […]

It’s Spring … Lets Celebrate in the Garden

Magnolia Blooms Steal the Show Today is the first official day of spring and I’m happy to share what we’ve got to look forward to. This years growing season is filled with new seeds that will grow twice as many vegetables and flowers for cutting along with new landscape designs.  I can’t wait to share as the season starts to […]

Green In Time For Spring

20140319-232956.jpg A few of my favorite green captures from my world in the past few days leading up to Spring! A Few of My Favorite Greens I can’t wait till Spring and sharing my garden as it turns green with you. – Bren Like this:Like Loading…

English Garden Escape

My Poppies in 1992 First Home 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 …..

Fearless Food Gardening Event on #gardenchat

index 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 […]

One Word Photo Challenge: Purple

Creeping Phlox 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 […]

Kick Start the Day Blueberry Smoothie

20140204-104804.jpg 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 […]

Easy Sow Zinnias

Zinnia News 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 […]

Carrots, Chicken and Herb Soup on Sunday

Chicken and Carrot Soup Recipe 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 […]

Pulled Pork #FennelFriday Secret Ingredient

Pulled Pork and Slaw 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 […]

Plant By Numbers by @rainforestgardn

Plant By Numbers 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 […]

A Garden of Marvels

A Garden of Marvels Post by Brenda Haas. Comments on Facebook Post : Lisa Eldred Steinkopf I can’t wait to read it! I read her first book and loved it! January 31 at 7:56pm · Unlike · 2 Brenda Haas Lisa, I didn’t read the first one… I hope it’s ok to read out of sequence ! January 31 […]

Wrapping and Chatting Family Sunday

Sweet and Sour with the Egg Rolls A friend on Twitter shared earlier that she was enjoying the day in two speeds:slow and slower. This is Tweet totally captured my Sunday as I spend it sharing memories with my family. My Dad was awesome…. … If you saw my shares ‘down by the river’ yesterday I have my father to blame for […]

Growing a Table Setting

20140219-014213.jpg Growing what I can bring to my dinning room table is what I enjoy most about growing. Today as I sort through seeds I’ve saved I can’t help but imagine how beautiful a table set with zinnias,snapdragons and dahlias as the center piece will look during the Summer months. Growing a Table Setting A few […]

Magic Bunny

Magic Bunny Guess What …. it snowed again in my Ohio garden! I had to shovel a 2 foot deep drift to get into the bunny barn / greenhouse today. I’m totally smiling and giggling because I couldn’t wait to hold and play with my little compost maker named Magic Bunny! Can’t view this post : Click […]