A visit to Libby’s Yarn Barn

Operated by Libby George, Libby’s Yarn Barn is home to many English Angora rabbits, Huacaya alpacas and soon to be Cormo sheep. Now a knitting fanatic, she can shear, pick, wash, dye, card and spin her own fiber. She then uses the fiber to knit her own high-quality home-grown clothing. This winter, Libby has started…

Book Review: In Bloom

In Bloom was one of the books on my Christmas wish list that I received from my mom. Published in 2016, In Bloom, Creating and Living with Flowers by Ngoc Minh Jgo features artists, designers and decorators who incorporate flowers in their work. This was the follow up to her book Bringing Nature Home. It…

Houseplant, Split-Leaf Philodendron

Will the Split-Leaf Philodendron be the 2018 Houseplant of the Year? As the obsession with fiddle-leaf fig trees winds down, I believe next in line for the ranking of number one houseplant is the split-leaf philodendron or Philodendron bipinnatifidum. Recently featured on HGTV’s Fixer Upper, Season 5, Episode 4, The Scrivano House, the plant has…

Indian Creek Nursery – Omaha, NE

One of my favorite little spots in Omaha is the back greenhouse of Indian Creek Nursery in Omaha. The business was established in 1966 and is located at 303 N Saddle Creek Rd. The greenhouse is a year-round oasis where I can always find something interesting. I stopped in for a visit today while finishing…

Suburban Lawn & Garden

A few weeks ago, my family went on a vacation to Kansas City, Missouri to visit my younger brother. It was a two day trip but we packed in as much as we could and of course I had to check out the best greenhouse in KC! We spent the first day in the West…

Poinsettias @ Sherbondy’s Greenhouse

You just can’t beat a visit to a greenhouse in the winter. The warm air, smell of dirt and sound of running water can’t be found anywhere else besides a greenhouse in the heart of winter. Sherbondys Garden Center is a locally owned and operated garden center and landscape firm located in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Bring…

‘Tis the Season

Over the last seven years I have lived in either an apartment or a very small house so I don’t have a lot of Christmas decor. Now that we have our new big house I can finally do some decorating! We had some Cedar trees growing on one of our terraces (you don’t want that)…

DIY Mini Living Christmas Tree

Create your own mini living Christmas tree with a Norfolk Island Pine tree from Sherbondy’s. Sherbondys Garden Center is a locally owned and operated garden center and landscape firm located in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Get your own between 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.I brought my tree home and placed a drip saucer under the…

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…