Grasses that stand up in winter

Grasses that stand up in winter

What can I say? Its been a long winter. We had a blizzard on Sunday– a real one. All of this snow is giving me a new appreciation for grasses that stand up in winter. The photo above shows the ‘Northwind’ switchgrass standing strong with about 8″ of snow at the base. The photos below show the same plants with about 15″ of snow at their base. I have other grasses in my garden, but none of them seem to hold up like these. What use is a floppy grass if you can’t appreciate it in the winter? Grasses that stand up in winter are something to be appreciated, quite honestly, all year long. Their vertical punctuation in an otherwise flat landscape is exactly what is needed.… Read Full Post
Garden Gifts to make Mom smile

Garden Gifts to make Mom smile

Yes its early, but now is a great time to start thinking about garden gifts for the special people in your life. I am getting so stir crazy for spring that I might start getting garden gifts for myself soon. Garden Gifts This might sound boring, but its hard to beat a gift certificate to a local garden center!  Yes, I know what you’re thinking, that this would be the easy way out, but what if you include yourself and a lunch after? How cool are these?!? I would love to get these Marimo Moss balls as one of my favorite spring garden gifts. They are easy– you simply take a cool container and drop them in. The folks at The Sill have these available.… Read Full Post
Creating a hanging succulent terrarium

Creating a hanging succulent terrarium

Winter getting you down?  How about creating a hanging succulent terrarium to get you through? I have been so impressed by my collection of hanging succulent terrariums that I felt it was worth sharing this again. I see so many of these online with the wrong plants and wrong supplies that they are destined to bring failure to their new home. Have you noticed these cute hanging succulent terrariums popping up in your favorite catalogs and decorating blogs? Don’t be fooled by their sleek design and beautiful colors, these are extremely simple to put together and are a great way to add plants to even the smallest spaces. Read on to learn how I made my seven different succulent terrarium and how to maintain your plants.… Read Full Post
Red, White, And Blue Additions to Your Patriotic Garden

Red, White, And Blue Additions to Your Patriotic Garden

Henry James once said, “I think patriotism is like a charity – it begins at home”. So, why not jump-start your patriotism right outside your front door? Whether it’s President’s Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or just an overwhelming sensation of patriotism, there’s never a shortage of days where you can wave the stars and stripes over your  patriotic garden. However, you might not know where to start. If this sounds like you, check out these tips to add some art to your patriotic garden. Add Red, White, and Blue Naturally If you’re a fan of natural beauty, one way to add some patriotism to your garden is to plant flowers that represent the colors of the Star-Spangled Banner.… Read Full Post
Garden Renovation: Piece by Piece

Garden Renovation: Piece by Piece

The time has come. This garden renovation needs to happen.  I can no longer stand to look at my “catch all” bed any longer. I’ve been patient, I’ve been frugal, and I am tired of looking at this any more. The nice thing about writing this blog is that I can take any garden project and say that I am doing it for blog content. Perfect! For a long time I have been admiring a yard in our neighborhood that is absolutely beautiful. It is well composed, there are unique and interesting plants, and at the same time it has a very peaceful and meditative feeling to it. Every Sunday Capone and I go for a walk and I almost always go by this house just to see their landscape.… Read Full Post
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