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…

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 Bigo Summer Tasks After you receive your Chrysanthemum plugs you will need to remove them from their shipping packages immediately and place in a shallow bowl of water….

Hybrid Tea Roses

Hybrid Tea Roses were created by cross-breeding two types of roses: hybrid perpetuals and tea roses. They have traits of both parents, generally hardier and more often repeat flowers. Hybrid teas are very popular, especially with cut flower growers as they have a single flower on a longer stem. I purchased five Hybrid Tea Rose…

Dinnerplate Dahlias

Dinnerplate dahlias are SO fun to grow. They are difficult to work into arrangements but look stunning alone in a vase. They take longer to bloom and have less blooms per plant but I think they are very worth the time and space in the garden. I absolutely love this color palette of creamy peaches,…

Passion Flower Vine

The tropical passion flower or passion vine (Passiflora spp.) naturally grow in South America and Mexico. An annual vine here in Iowa, prefers to grow on a trellis in full sun and in well-drained soil.  The blooms were originally used by missionaries to teach of the passion of Christ which is how it got its name. Because…

Holland Festival

The garden is just way too beautiful right now not to take loads of photos. I went out tonight right before sunset to take photos and then make a big harvest. If you remember, Holland Festival is one of my favorite dahlias and I have a lot blooming right now. Enjoy! Have you ever had…

2017 Dahlia Varieties

I decided I am going to try to keep a running list of all dahlia blooms and their names on this blog post for this year. Each time I photograph new blooms I will add them to list instead of creating a new post. If one is missing, I will find the name and label…

Hellebores or Lenten Roses

Hellebores or Lenten Roses are an exciting new flower for me. I suppose someday I’ll have discovered everything but not yet! Their gorgeous color palettes offer a magical secret display when other plants aren’t blooming.

Rebirth and New Beginnings: Daffodils

Daffodils, or narcissus, symbolize rebirth and new beginnings. Perfectly timed with the first few nice days of Spring, its easy to see how they represent a new beginning.

How To: Grow Chrysanthemums

Are you looking at growing mums next year? This was my first year trying these and I had some successful beautiful blooms.