“the wonder plant”

“the wonder plant”

I’ve had the same Aloe Vera plant in my kitchen since 2003.  It was a gift from my Grandmother and I’m proud to have kept it thriving and standing up to its nickname “The Wonder Plant” for nearly 2 decades.  Anyone can care for an…

Ornamental Allium

Ornamental Allium

This summer marks five years in our home.  We have created quite the oasis in your backyard and every spring I look forward to the bulbs rising, multiplying, and showering our yard with color upon color. At the end of last summer season, I scored…

Winterizing Your Dahilias

Winterizing Your Dahilias

To dig? or not to dig? Dahlias can be a tender annual and in my experience, in growing and caring for dahlias for years, the best way to ensure your dahlias make it through the winter is to dig them.  I have tried both digging and…

4 tips to make your hydrangeas last longer

4 tips to make your hydrangeas last longer

The spring of 2015 was the first year I added Hydrangeas to my yard.  After 2 years of maturation, I was finally able to start using them as cut flowers for my home. They make great centerpieces for parties but my one complaint has been…

Bride to Be

Bride to Be

I’ve grown this dahlia variety since the summer of 2012 when Chris and I married.  Instead of ordering flowers for our wedding, we decided to plant our own tubers and bring a touch of ‘homegrown’ to our wedding. Our wedding theme was vintage and rustic,…

Lauren Michele

Lauren Michele

Lauren Michele was the spotlight of my flower garden the summer of 2017.  This was my first year with this tuber and it did not disappoint!  It’s blooms were roughly 3 inches and the more I cut them, the more they bloomed!  The variation of…

Early Summer Bloomers

Early Summer Bloomers

Stargazer Lily Calla Lily Cone Flower Before the dahlias take over my flower garden, much of the attention is on the bright early summer bloomers.  My husband was persistent about growing Stargazer Lilies, which now after three summers have grown to be nearly six feet…

Teddy

Teddy

Teddy is probably my second favorite variety of dahlia from Swan Island Dahlias.  It holds a special place in my heart as it was also part of my wedding bouquets.  It stands out beautifully with cone flowers and simple white yarrow.  Like all the other…