Easter flowers

Today has been an absolutely beautiful day in Michigan.  I can’t remember when the sun, the sky, and the temperature has been this lovely.  My daffodils are blooming and it really feels like Spring has come to stay. I love flowers for a special table setting, and I always try to have something different for…

drying summer flowers

Not only do I enjoy my summer garden while it is in bloom, but I usually try to save some of the flowers of the season.  I simply use my garage greenhouse and old sheet pans.  I put out flowers from summer floral arrangements and also from my garden throughout the season. I allow them…

Up North flowers

Each summer when we travel up North, I am always delighted to admire the lovely window boxes and street flowers that fill the shopping districts of the Northern Michigan towns.  Here are some of my favorite flower boxes — but, realize that there were so many more that were equally beautiful.       The…

summer window boxes

Last weekend, for Memorial Day, I prepared and planted my deck window boxes.  I usually give the wicker boxes a coat of fresh paint, and then fill and plant them.  Since they are made of wicker, I usually do not fill the entire box with potting soil, as it would be too heavy and is…

Windmill Island Gardens: Holland MI

Imported from the Netherlands, a large authentic working Dutch windmill is located in Holland, Michigan.  I toured the city and gardens last week for the annual tulip festival. The windmill is twelve stories tall, and is turned by wind power.  The millstones within the mill grind grain into flour.  With entrance to the gardens, visitors…

My garden will be awake soon

I can’t wait until Spring.  Today we had some sunshine and blue skies.  Even though the outdoor temperature was only 22 F this afternoon,  the sky looked spectacular.  I gazed out my window at my snow-filled picket fence garden and continued to dream about warmer days. March is a good time of year to review…

Garden seeds –a review

The seed catalogs have been arriving at my home for the past few weeks, and the excitement of having new plants and seeds for the Spring has begun.  The miracle of seed germination includes both hope and dreams for a beautiful flower or vegetable plant. I don’t collect many seeds from my own plants, as…

hotel gardens in Las Vegas

A couple of weeks ago, we visited Las Vegas and were surprised at the lovely garden displays within several hotels.  We especially enjoyed the hotel gardens at the Wynn Hotel.  The lobby was filled with lights and flowers, displayed very similar to holiday bowl floats.  The floral displays were filled with color and beautiful design….

autumn equinox at Dahlia Hill

One weekend ago, we celebrated the autumn equinox at Dahlia Hill in Midland, MI.  This garden is unlike any other garden. Nearly 3000 individual tubers are planted each Spring, which begin to bloom in July, continuing until the first frost.  Over 250 varieties of dahlias are planted by volunteers in eight terraced garden levels.  …

afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian hotel

afternoon tea often means something different at every hotel. i have sampled tea many times both in Canada and in the United States, and have found the service to vary based on the setting.  a couple of weeks ago, my daughter and I were served afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian Hotel where we were…

summer coneflowers

surrounding my perennial and herb gardens are coneflowers.  technically, Echinacea are considered herbaceous plants from the daisy family of flowers. i love the colors and the size of my various species of plants.  i have been adding them around my garden fence over the past few years.  this year, i added three new plants, and…

the conservatory at longwood gardens

last week i visited Longwood gardens just outside of Philadelphia Pennsylvania.  i have never experienced a garden that was nearly 1000 acres.  this magnificent estate and gardens belonged to Pierre DuPont and his family, and was created over a period of nearly 50 years. the gardens include majestic fountains, more than twenty garden rooms, and…