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…

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…

Lenten Rose

Well worth the wait is the Lenten Rose or Helleborus.  It has taken around three years for my plants to really take hold and offer up beautiful flowers.  I love my three plants, and this Spring they have produced a lovely effect in my shade border. Michigan is a great location for these plantings, as…

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…

Spring Cara Cara and tangerine salad

A spring citrus salad can be so refreshing.  The pastel color of the fruit helps to make the salad presentation bright, light and fresh.  I chose to use Cara Cara navel oranges for my Easter salad this year.  I found them at Whole Foods this past weekend, and their sweet taste is delightful. This variety…

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…

leather leaf viburnum

recently i read that no garden can have too many viburnum plantings.  i must agree.  i have totally fallen in love with these woody shrubs.  when we moved into this home that was built during the early 80’s the perimeter of the yard was planted with several ten foot tall viburnum.  i wasn’t quite sure what…

the green garden

  i am still working on preparing my kitchen garden beds for the growing season–cleaning, cultivating, and composting. i even have an expansion plan for this season. we have worked on raking and blowing leaves that were used to protect my flowers, herbs and other edibles from the harsh winter the last few weeks. we…

forcing bulbs

  i purchased these bulbs a few weeks ago and they bloomed just in time for Easter.  the small daffodils are lovely when they first open and bring the air of springtime into the room. the daffodils in my garden outdoor are just peeking through the soil, and are not this far along.  that makes…

spring tulips in the market

i was visiting Connecticut last week and while shopping in the Whole Foods store, i loved that the entrance was filled with spring flowers.  the tulips were spectacular, as well as so many other spring bulbs.  i stopped and just had to take a photograph, since i have been looking at snow and more snow…

spring daffodils

  i am a collector of plants. not every plant, but certain plants, i collect different varieties of the same plant.  for example, i love spring daffodils.  i know i have planted hundreds of them over the years, and i expect them to last forever, only to be disappointed that they don’t always come back….

dwarf spring iris

my garden is beginning to green up and a few spring flowers are blooming.  some of my favorites have to be my dwarf iris.  they are only about 4 or 5 inches tall, but they are so cute.  these flowers help me get ready to be out in the garden again. i just love them….