October Snow

We had our first frost and first snow here in southwest Iowa on Sunday, October 14. I wonder how often the first freeze and the first snow coincide? Makes for some ghostly pictures of flowers. They look healthy and colorful but are definitely toast. I’ve been in denial that this was coming but there is…

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….

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

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…

Fall Container

I’ve never actually made a fall planter before. My first attempt includes mums, ornamental peppers, purple fountain grass and kale. When I bought the peppers they were green and purple and went with this color scheme a little better. The ice cream bucket leaks really bad so my fiancé thought I should use it as…

How To: Dig Up Dahlias

This year I grew around 175 dahlia tubers in my cut flower garden. I think I underestimated how much work it was going to be to dig all of them! However, it really only took about 2-3 days total for stalk cutting, digging and packing. I suppose that makes it worth it! How I prepped…

Planting Fall Bulbs

How to Plant Bulbs Using a Bulb Planter
1) Pull your plug
2) Drop in your bulb
3) Pull your next plug which forces the prior plug out of the top
4) Fill your whole with that pug

Seed Saving

This is the first year that I grew enough unique flowers from seed that I am attempting to save them for next year.

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.

After the Frost

What do the dahlias look like after a frost? They look pretty black and dead. Right now they are busy sending all of their energy down to the tubers.

Frosted Flowers

The flowers were hauntingly beautiful yesterday morning. This short period of beauty did not last long. Everything is now mostly black and done for the year. Lots of not-so-beautiful work coming in the next few weeks. Have you had your first frost yet?

First Frost Coming Tonight

It’s supposed to freeze tonight on October 12, 2016 here is Southwest Iowa. I took one last stroll through the garden tonight with my camera before we drop to 30 degrees late tonight.