Flowers in the garden

Mid-Michigan is still experiencing chilly days even though our Spring flowers are blooming.  Today it is only in the 40’s, and we are expecting rain.  My garden is producing a spectacular display of flowers this year, perhaps because it is aging. We moved to this home ten years ago this coming Fall.  Just saying that…

garden visit: applewood estate

the applewood estate, former home of Charles S. Mott and his wife Ruth, is located in Flint Michigan.  the home and gardens are open to the public for group tours and events.  our garden club visited 18 of the landscaped acres a few weeks ago.  the home and property spans 65 acres of orchards, trees and…

daisy and roses

this year, i planted some daisy near my knock out roses.  i really admire how the flowers complement each other.  they have been blooming side-by-side for several weeks now and with weekly dead-heading have been continuing to bloom and look pretty at the back of my home. although this site is not full sun, it…

garlic chives and globe thistle

another favorite herb of mine happens to be garlic chives.  the white flowers attract both bees and butterflies to my garden in the late summer.  these garlic chives, which are sometimes called Chinese chives, have garlic flavored leaves which i use to flavor Asian inspired dishes. the plant is from the Allium family and garlic…

lysimachia or loosestrife

i love my gardening friends.  i totally recommend joining a garden club.  even though i am an advanced master gardener, i am on a big learning curve when it come to plants, flowers, shrubs, annuals, perennials, and the like.  i have learned so very much from my gardening friends.  and better yet, gardeners like to…

foxgloves

in yards filled with pets or small children comes a caution about having these beautiful flowers nearby.  foxgloves are very poisonous–that means, all parts of these plants and flowers.  so, think twice about planting them.  but, if you decide to have them in your garden, beware–as soon you will become addicted. the botanical name for…

lamb’s ears

  sometimes called wooly betony, lamb’s ears are another one of my favorite plants.  they are primarily mound forming grown for the soft fuzzy leaves that seem to have a white appearance.  during the summer, they grow taller with the leaves taking on a felt-like texture. some varieties will flower, and others seem to spread…