Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum)

In previous years I’ve had trouble with Nasturtiums (or Tropaeolum). This year, however, my luck changed and I had success with growing them from seed. They benefit from scarification by nicking each seed. I think keeping them in an at least partially shaded area helped. They prefer poor soil and at least 1″ of water…

Membership @ Lauritzen Gardens

I just recently renewed my Lauritzen Gardens membership for another year. Check out the membership options here. If you visit more than three times per year it is worth the $35 for an individual membership. Member Benefits · Free admission for one year · Invitations to exclusive members-only events · A 10% discount on all regularly…

2017 Heirloom Mum Results

This was my second year growing heirloom chrysanthemums from Kings Mums. Read my step-by-step guide with photos that I posted last year. Or read the summary below. Nijin BigoJudith Baker.Moira.Fort Smith. Coral Reef.Seatons Toffee. Summer Tasks After you receive your Chrysanthemum plugs you will need to remove them from their shipping packages immediately and place in a…

2017 Fall Chrysanthemum Show

Located just north of Interstate 80 and south of Omaha’s historic Old Market at 100 Bancroft Street, Lauritzen Gardens is a year-round attraction. Each year the botanical center hosts its Fall Chrysanthemum Show. “Experience a fascinating fabrication of flowers at the garden’s annual fall chrysanthemum show. Bold mums combine with vibrant colors, rich fabrics, diverse textures and other…

Garden Mums at Lauritzen

I’ve visited Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, NE a few times over the last few weeks. Here are a few photos of the garden mums on the property during their Fall Chrysanthemum Show running through November 17. Such beautiful grounds. Have you been to Lauritzen Gardens yet? SaveSave

Autumn on the Farm

Ok let’s get caught up. I have a lot of new posts coming your way but first, let’s start with this post from a few weeks go. This was before the weather really turned, before our first frost and before all the leaves fell off our trees. It was a beautiful, but brief time here…

October Landscapes

These are some photos I took while working a on project for work tonight. It’s a beautiful time of year. What is your favorite part about fall?Which photo is your favorite?

Chrysanthemum Update

This will be my second year growing heirloom chrysanthemums from Kings Mums and I just love absolutely love it. You have to have a little bit of patience, as my cuttings arrived in May and are just now starting to bloom here at the end of October, but I think its worth the wait. I…

Big Coop Before & After

Our new property came with a 600 sq. ft. poultry house that was built in 1950. We call this the ‘big coop’ or the ‘new coop’ because we already had one from our old house. We are now done with the exterior upgrade project. Some ‘before’ photos of the buildingIncluded in the project: 1. Re-build…

Apple Trees

Our new property has three apple trees. One right by our patio, another on the other side of our grape arbor and another in a grassy area near the lane. This tree was just gorgeous this spring. Then it started putting on LOADS of apples. My fiancé’s dad brought his apple cider press over and we made…

Potting Up Rosemary

Rosemary is a ornamental plant as well has a culinary herb. It is not cold-hardy here in Iowa so I will need to bring indoors or take cuttings. I found a helpful post about growing Rosemary on The Spruce. I found ‘Tuscan Blue’ at Mulhalls a few weeks ago and planted it up with some…

Air Plant Update

  Air plants are really catching on now. You might remember my previous post about growing air plants but I recently purchased two more so thought it was time for a refresher! What do you think of these two beauties?! I was mesmerized the first time I saw an air plant. How could a plant…