Garden Grunt

Fresh-from-the-Garden Bouquet

My favorite part of the season has begun! I've planted various plants over the years hoping to have fresh flower bouquets throughout the whole season. Today I picked my first arrangement from two easy-to-grow perennials and one shrub. Here is the plant key: A. Peony B. Catmint C. Viburnum What are your favorite flowers for garden-fresh bouquets? If you're looking to plant now for bouquets next year, here is a great place to start your design.
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Taking Off the Kid-Gloves to Garden with My Kidlet

Every day in the garden with my little man is like a new adventure. What flower will he bend to smell today? How much dirt will he swallow today? Which flower will be pick for me today? Which flowers will get over-watered today? And I love every minute of it (except when he plucks my flower buds -- the kid has a keen eye!).  I want him to explore all the garden has to offer with little inhibitions. I point and say "Flowers" and he says "Mmmmm" as if that's what flowers say, much like when I say "Lion" he roars. I ask "Can you see the tree?" He points…
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If I Lived on an Acreage…I’d Plant Sporadic Groupings of Spring-Blooming Bulbs

via Spring-blooming bulbs are perfect for planting with your lawn. Enjoy their flower in the spring, mow them down to grass-level when they're done! It's sooo easy! I love how they've planted sporadic groupings of bulbs along the flagstone sidewalk in this front lawn. If you're not a fan of daffodils, Better Homes and Gardens has nine other options to choose from! Would you be so daring to plant bulbs in your lawn?
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If I Lived on an Acreage…I’d Have a Greenhouse Made From Reclaimed Materials

via Generally my style is one filled with reclaimed, rustic, galvanized objects, chippy doors and burlap. It's only fitting my interior style be reflected in my exterior spaces. It's a design tip that many forget to follow. If you enjoy eclectic pieces showcased on your fireplace mantel, then take those elements to your outdoor space. More on topic -- I've always daydreamed of having a greenhouse, escaping to its warmth in the dead of winter, tending to immature seedlings reaching for the light of the day. It would be my escape. If you lived on an acreage, what would you have?
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Plant Geeking: New Hydrangeas

If you don't know, you soon will. I am obsessed with hydrangeas. Obsessed. Here are a few, new hydrangeas I'm hoping to get in my garden this spring. Paraplu hydrangea from Spring Meadows Nursery What I love: Doubled florets! They are gorgeous. And this shrub is suppose to stay under 3 feet tall and wide. Learn more here. Tiny Tuff Stuff hydrangea from Spring Meadow Nursery What I love: Reblooming. blue lacecap variety growing barely 2 feet tall. Perfect for the edge of my hydrangea bed. Learn more here. Gatsby's Star Oakleaf hydrangea from Proven Winners What I love: Panicle hydrangeas keep getting cooler and cooler. It started with the Limelight hydrangea…
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Fresh Ideas for Container Gardening—with me!

Last spring I was fortunate enough to film 10 container gardening courses for a venture between Better Homes and Gardens and Craftsy. Here's a preview of the courses...including snapshots of wild make-up and hairstyles (the first day of shooting I mistakenly let someone try to style my hair---bad idea--curls only respond to their master) If you're interested you can purchase the gardening package for only 20 bucks! It's a steal! (right?) Plus you'll get access to the course materials outlining the plants we used and if that's not enough you can ask whatever (gardening related) questions you want in the forum and I'll answer. I hope your garden is treating you well…
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Get an Extra BOOST with Burpee

Everyone knows vegetables are good for you. Just how good? I can't answer that, but Burpee can with their BOOST collection showcasing six exclusive, delicious and nutritious vegetables. It's hard these days to eat a healthy, balanced meal at each sitting, particularly when you don't know how much goodness that little cherry tomato carries. That's why I'm intrigued by this line of Burpee veggies that tell you -- 'right on the label' -- just how nutritious they are.     For example: Tomato, Solar Power Hybrid According to its label, this tomato has 'more than three times the level of healthy beta-carotene of the average tomato'. Begging the question, why would you go…
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Local Garden Center Goodness

Occasionally I'm asked "Where's the best place to buy plants?" I thought I'd share with you where I like to peruse for plants...and of course some shopping secrets. Listed in no particular order....   TimberPine Nursery Of course I'll plug you with love for TimberPine Nursery. Say hello to my hubs--Jay--when you go out there. Nice thing about TimberPine--they try to grow most of their plants to cut down on the freight cost of shipping finished product. {I hope that wasn't too much industry jargon there--basically means the cost is less}. Where this will really hit your pocket is in the tree department. Good quality trees at a fraction of the cost…
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Hydrangea Bonanza

I'm fairly certain heaven is laced with hydrangeas--at least that's what my heaven will look like. Want a peek? I cannot wait until these Limelight Hydrangeas fill in! Their blooms are magnificent and last FOREVER! Little Lime also has my interests peaked--would be perfect specimen for a smaller landscape or focal point. Let's not forget Endless Summer Hydrangea--tried and trued miracle plant that brought new life to the hydrangea world. Just a quick tidbit--don't get too anxious this spring and cut back on your Endless Summer. Pruning could make or break your bloom period so be sure to trim appropriately. Twist and Shout Hydrangea has yet to "wow" me contrary…
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