My Mid-Spring Garden

Our May weather typically swings back and forth like a pendulum between warm days and cool days, with a soft rain tossed in here and there. Today was cool, tomorrow promises warmer breezes. Earlier this week I stepped out into my mid-spring garden garden to snap a few photos after a gentle rainfall. Last weekend I managed to get quite a few annuals planted, like this beautiful pink tuberous begonia. Did you know there are over 1000 species of … [Read more...]

12 Vegetable Gardening Tips

Do you have gardening on your mind? Vegetable gardening that is!  More and more people are growing their own vegetables and herbs these days. It's fun, it's healthy, and it's rewarding to eat food that you grow with your own two hands. Whether you're just getting started growing your own veggies or you're an old pro, I've got 12 vegetable gardening tips to help you on this healthy journey. Special thanks to my fellow bloggers for allowing me to … [Read more...]

Indoor Gardening with Grape Hyacinths

Spring bulbs are popping up everywhere outside and I love seeing them! But I want to see them inside too, so I bought a few grape hyacinths at the flea market with the intent of planting them indoors for awhile.  I've been picking up more plants lately for the house. Indoor plants help to purify and humidify the air. Plus studies show that plants can increase attentiveness by up to 70%.  And so I did a little indoor gardening with grape … [Read more...]

12 Inspiring Garden Ideas

Last year hubby and I painted the outside of our house and this year I've vowed to pay more attention to the garden spaces. Perennials need to be divided and moved around, weeds need to be kept under better control, our backyard fence needs to be replaced, and I need to redefine garden beds. I probably won't get to all of it this year but maybe a decent dent can be made. As usual, I turned to Houzz for inspiring garden ideas. Portland Landscape … [Read more...]

DIY Cigar Box Planters

Over the years I've shared some of my favorite collections with you ... white ironstone, aqua bottles, and vintage books. But I don't think I've ever shared how much I love wooden cigar boxes. Yes ... smelly old cigar boxes! I prefer the more rustic ones and truth be told, I love the smell of a good cigar! With spring in the air I'm itching to get my fingers in the dirt and what better way to get my fix than with DIY cigar box planters? I filled … [Read more...]

Country Style Fence Ideas

One of these days I would love to get a new fence. I like our rustic style fence in the backyard but it's really more shabby than chic. I found a collection of pretty, country style fences on Houzz for inspiration. Let me know which one you like best! Traditional Exterior by Atlanta Architects & Building Designers Historical Concepts Here's the typical white picket fence. I've always adored houses with a picket fence out front. And I … [Read more...]

Create Your Own Container Water Garden

Water in the landscape is becoming more and more popular and it's easy to see why. The sound of running water, whether it's a small fountain or impressive waterfall, is soothing and relaxing. Not to mention water gardens are so pretty! But if you're not ready to jump in and get both feet wet with a full-fledged pond, you can easily create a container water garden. A stately and gorgeous Sacred Lotus is planted in a simple dark gray patio … [Read more...]

Enjoying My Garden in July

Wow. I can't believe we're more than halfway through July. I want summer to slow down because I'm a warm weather gal and I feel so alive during the summer months. The earth is bursting with flowers and plants, the birds are singing, the butterflies are winging, and I feel like Mr. Bluebird's on my shoulder! Almost every day I take a little walk through my gardens because they're always changing. So without further adieu, here's my garden in … [Read more...]

Beautiful Oriental Lilies in the Garden

Yesterday when I came home from work I saw a flash of beautiful pink out in the garden. That's when I realized my oriental lilies were in bloom. Just a couple of the buds were open. And now today, several of them are blooming their hearts out ... and they're just gorgeous! So pretty! I had to grab my camera and try to capture their beauty.   I have both white and pink lilies out in the garden. The white blooms are huge ... about 6-8" … [Read more...]

Water Lilies ~ The Jewels of the Water Garden

If you're an avid gardener looking to do something a little different, you might want to consider adding a water garden to your landscape so you can enjoy the many varieties and colors of beautiful water lilies. There's something so special about these colorful jewels.  (All photos courtesy of Aquascape, Inc.) I have to confess I never thought much about water lilies until I started working at Aquascape. And now every day I get to work in the … [Read more...]

5 Inspiring Ways to Create a Cottage Style Garden

This summer we're working more on the outside of our house, which includes painting it ... ugh!  But I'm also lending a critical eye to our garden spaces. I've always wanted a cottage style garden ... you know, that riotous floral look with foxgloves stretching high and daisies spilling out of a picket fence. So I searched on Houzz for inspirational cottage garden ideas and came up with 5 ways to achieve this relaxed and sometimes messy look. … [Read more...]

Perennial Flowers in My Garden

We've been getting buckets of rain this past week and it's great for the garden! Rainwater has many nutrients and is always better for your plants than tap water from the hose. After a recent rain I grabbed my camera and 35 mm lens and ventured outside to capture photos of my perennial flowers in the garden, wet with rain. Some of the hostas are blooming. I'm still waiting for the one with the lavender flower to bloom. I wish I remembered which … [Read more...]

Outdoor Living with Water Gardens

One of the reasons I focus so much on decorating my home is because it's like my little escape from the world. When I come home after work I feel like I'm going to a little bed and breakfast in the country, and it relaxes me. Not that my job is stressful though ... I love what I do and I'm fortunate to work for a company that creates beautiful outdoor living spaces with water gardens. I thought I'd kick off the weekend by sharing some of the … [Read more...]

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