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I Caught the Winter Sunset in Michigan

It’s been a while since I chased a sunset. Living in the woods during the winter season doesn’t make for many colorful sunsets to enjoy.  Tonight I caught a beautiful scene just outside of Lansing Michigan on the way to the Great Lakes Trade Expo. Leaving Ohio through a mild wintery mix of snow and […]
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Getting Crafty

Magnolia Wreath : DIY Weekend

The Christmas decor are all put away and it’s time to freshen up the home with some inspirations from spring. A quick trip to Hobby Lobby and for under $15 I’ve put together a new wreath for the fireplace in the Great Room. These are the 4 branches of silk flowers I bought today.  I […]
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Project Orange Thumb : Applications Now Being Accepted

This is the year to get involved and start growing a community gardens in your area.  With Project Orange Thumb your dream of growing fresh food while beautifying your community can become a reality. Fiskars is tripling the number of grant recipients to award 30 applicants $3,500 in cash and tools.  The deadline to submit […]
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Why You Should Attend a Seed Swap

Why attend a local seed swap? Meet some amazing people who enjoy growing and collect seeds that you won’t find any where else. I’m excited to share with you these awesome seed swap events on this post today. Come collect some seeds!
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Creating Garden Art During the Winter Months : Meet Beth Billstrom

If you’ve ever visited the North in during the winter months you know it can bet very drab and sometimes very hard to remember the landscapes filled with warming growth during the summer months. Today Master Gardener and artist shares her love for watercolors on a podcast presentation….
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Garden Ugly Project : Begonia

Clicking through photos from gardening 2014 I came across this image of the begonia that spent the winter in my master bathroom. The plant survived …however it got really ugly! Loading Ask me about the garde ugly project… This is going to be fun! #gardening #gardenchat View on Instagram Of Course … you know me […]
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Last Day in the Greenhouse

The end of 2014 is leaving us with plenty of sunshine… I’m not going to complain because ( read more and see the video from the greenhouse here)
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Top Flower Picks Of 2014

These are my top flower picks from 2014 gardening in hardiness zone 5b Ohio. Under each images I feature I will share what I loved most about the bloom. Nasturtium Growing the nasturtium from seed in early spring is rewarding not only because it is an inexpensive seed but because it is easy to grow. […]
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Bill and Tracy Blevins

Connecting People With Plants

They are the co: creators of the community for anyone interested in plants, gardens and green spaces. Meet Bill and Tracy Blevins of PlantsMap.com  Both are extremely active on social media sharing their passion for gardening.  I love following Tracy on Twitter because she is always sharing something new from the garden world.  Bill Blevins […]
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Successes and Failures in the Garden 2014

It’s Monday …  when I turned on my PC and started my Pandora playlist for background music as I worked the first song was Manic Monday. This weekend was our first hard frost in Ohio and I lost a few pretties outside but everything I wanted to save for next year or grow over the […]
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TwitPic Is Shutting Down #ThrowBackThursday

Today was going to be a Throwback Thursday featuring my first garden and the lessons I learned growing under a walnut tree way back when.  When I went to find the image I remembered sharing on TwitPics years ago the sight read :    PANIC!!!! I didn’t save most of my images from when I first […]
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Leaves Are Falling … Autumn Garden Walk

The season is passing by so fast this year … leaves are falling and the garden seems to be holding on. Today I want to share with you some of my favorite shrubs and perennials in a short video. Thank you for visiting my garden today – Happy Autumn Support my Friends Carol and Kerrie […]
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Distant Drum Sunrise

This just maybe my last walk and share from my front rose garden to capture the blooms for 2014. After being cheated out of a spring filled with new rose blooms I’m not going to complain about the abundance of blooms this late in the season. It’s killing me not being able to cut them […]
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A few of my favorite mums

New Chrysanthemums and a Growing Tip

Each  Autumn a few of my local garden centers carry a few new varieties of chrysanthemums.  It is so much fun to look at the spectacular show on display at the center and pick a few new ones to grow in my home garden. This month while looking for a tree to replace one we […]
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It’s Autumn at Bench’s Greenhouse

It’s almost Autumn and I’m totally in the mood to decorate the garden as we head into the fall season. One of my favorite things to do is to head out for a drive and check out the sights and sounds in my area as the season changes. Trunk full…. Time to head home and […]
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