Peonies: a Fragrant Late Spring Flower to Last and Love

The peony flower, (genus: paeonia) is one of the most elegantly iconic flowers associated with late spring. We eagerly await those first peony buds to open up to reveal luscious, showy flowers. And the scent? It’s sweet and intoxicating. It’s no wonder that peonies are considered by many gardeners to be the perfect flower for … Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Purple Flowers

Purple flowers are among the most striking and versatile flowers for any garden. You can use them to add drama and flair to an otherwise dull nook. Or, you can use them to balance out other bold colors. However you choose to use your purple flowers, one thing’s for certain. These beauties add appealing color … Read more

Knockout Roses – Stand Out Fall Flowers

Those of us who live in temperate zones are indeed fortunate to have more time to enjoy the late bloomers of fall. Our garden blooms have certainly diminished but those that remain are all the more appreciated. One of those is our Knockout Roses. #flower #flowergarden #Porches #Landscapes #CountryLiving #CurbAppeal #roses #Perennials #Shade #Ideas #Planters #Small #Entrance #Walkways #ColorCombos #DIY #Spring #Balconies #OrnamentalGrasses #Backyards #Outdoors #Shrubs #Tips #Spaces #Hydrangeas

Those of us who live in temperate zones are indeed fortunate to have more time to enjoy the late bloomers of fall. Our garden blooms have certainly diminished but those that remain are all the more appreciated. One of those is our Knockout Roses. Knockout Roses These patented knock out roses are not strutting their … Read more

Night Blooming Cereus – Queen of the Night Flower

“Cereus-ly” Worth the Wait The Night Blooming Cereus is a wonderful, mysteriously elegant desert plant. Lady Cereus, also goes by the names of Queen of the Night, Christ in Manger, Dance of Night and Orchid Cactus. We haven’t yet grown this lovely lady-in-waiting ourselves yet, but several in our community are growing them and have … Read more

Garden News: Leaf Blowers, Fall Flowers, Birds and Winter Holly

Fall Color is not solely about the leaves turning.  We’ve tucked in our fall and winter crops for the season. The maintenance is now a minimal task and so it leaves a little extra time to admire the surroundings. Audio Article – Garden News: Cordless Leaf Blowers We just did a side-by-side review of two … Read more

Fall Garden Maintenance and Tips

Garden Newsletter With three weeks of summer remaining before the fall equinox—as of this writing—we’re proceeding with the changeover to our fall/winter crops. So fall garden maintenance and tips is the theme for today. Season transitions always have their challenges because you can still have temperature swings that leave crops vulnerable. In our zone 7a, … Read more

Fuyu Persimmons – the Best Tasting Persimmons to Grow

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But wait… persimmons Taste Awful, Right..? Yes and no. We’ll sort that out here. Bottom line? The fuyu persimmon is the best tasting persimmons to grow, and the most resilient! Not only is the fuyu persimmon tree a strong growing tree, but the fuyu persimmon fruit is large, very sturdy, long lasting and incredibly delicious. … Read more

Rugosa Rose Bush – Growth, Benefits and Uses

The rugosa rose bush is a stout and ferocious grower that can fend for herself. Sometimes written as rosa rugosa, rugoso and regosa, no matter how you spell it or say it, this bush is one prolific shrub with tremendous benefits. She’s got her liabilities too, but far more on the plus side. So let’s … Read more

Copper Rain Chains for Your Home Decor

We love our copper rain chains!! Whenever we post videos of our rainchains on Facebook they go viral, and people want to know more about them, so we’re sharing some of that info and videos here for you. Topics Covered: Where can I buy rain chains? Where do the rain chains attach? Do the rain … Read more

Growing Lavender and How to Make Lavender Oil

Lavender is one of the most commonly known and widely used herbs and essential oils in the world. The name lavender comes from the Latin word, lavare, which means “to wash”, after the naturally fresh scent and therapeutic properties of the plant. Lavender is an extremely versatile and lovely member of the mint family, and a … Read more