Family · Flowers · Health · Organic · Outdoor · Pictures

Interview with one of my favorite gardeners, my grandma!

When did you start gardening? The summer of 1959, our first summer in Patricia Park (in Des Moines).  That was the 1st time we lived in a home long enough and with a big enough yard to really garden.  I was so into gardening then that when my youngest son, who was in kindergarten, was asked… Continue reading Interview with one of my favorite gardeners, my grandma!

Flowers · Outdoor · Shade and Sun Plants · Shade Plants · Sun-loving Plants · Tip of the Day

Top 10 Reasons You Should Add a Hydrangea Limelight to Your Garden

Top 10 Reasons You Should Add a Hydrangea Limelight to Your Garden 1. A shrub that could pass for a beautiful perennial, it really adds to any perennial border. 2. They are extremely low-maintenance. 3. They have a super-long blooming period, from the 2nd week of July until the first frost. 4. They make a… Continue reading Top 10 Reasons You Should Add a Hydrangea Limelight to Your Garden

Bulbs · Flowers · Outdoor · Pictures · Sun-loving Plants

Dinner Plate Dahlias

One of my garden’s big success stories this past summer was dinner-plate dahlias.  I have tried to grow a variety of dahlias for years with little to moderate  success, but for 2009, I tried a different growing approach and I enjoyed a bumper crop! Dinner-plate dahlias definitely won most improved flower of the summer. In… Continue reading Dinner Plate Dahlias