summer garden fun

Living in Midland Michigan gives me the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful gardens in the State on a weekly basis.  Summer in these gardens is filled with concerts and other activities for people of all ages.  The beautiful flowers and green background of old trees and landscape designs is such a treat…

Hypertufa pots for the garden

Over the years, I have been a member of three different garden clubs and two different Master Gardener Associations.  And, within these groups, I have met many wonderful people with so many interests and knowledge.  At each of these groups, I have attended lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations, and hands-on activities.  Some of the most interesting…

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…

teach children to garden

Since I am an advanced master gardener, I enjoy preparing for my vegetable garden during the month of January. The cold snowy weather gives me a chance to look through catalogs and plan for the vegetable growing season. In past years, I have even started to grow some vegetables under grow lights indoors during the…

Garden tool review: pruning shears

Two weeks ago, I created my yearly decorations for my front porch.  I like to use natural greenery and garden materials to decorate.  Most of the materials come from my garden, and that gives me great pride during the different holiday seasons. I use some materials year-to-year, like collected pine cones and sometimes other decorative…

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….

Watering shrubs during the Fall: fireman style hose nozzle

During the past few weeks, I have been working on the traditional fall clean-up required to put my perennial and vegetable gardens to bed.  A couple of weeks ago, I began with pulling up my tomato, pea and pepper plants. Next, I continued to weed all of the beds and remove excess debris. I have…

late summer in the garden — green tea goddess hand soap

after an August vacation week, i returned home to find many of my tomatoes ripe and ready for our next dinner.  although the hot summer sun in Michigan could never compare to our week in Florida, the tomatoes look beautifully colored red. several are still developing, but my largest harvest so far this year has…

herbs from home

one of the best things about having a home garden is being able to snip a sprig of an herbal plant to brighten the kitchen table.  i selected several herbs from my garden and created a simple arrangement in several small vases. after the dinner, i can use the herbs for upcoming recipes.  the sage…