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…

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…

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…

Stories from Jane’s Garden

Meet my friend Jane. Jane is an extraordinary human being. She brings light and laughter to every room and is quick to make everyone feel welcome. I had the pleasure of meeting Jane last fall through our Master Gardener program training. I felt an instant bond with her as almost everyone probably does. Our passion…

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…

Garden Journal 8/13/2017

A few pictures from this weekend in the garden. So much beauty. The dahlias, cosmos, celosia and amaranth are stealing the show right now. What’s blooming in your garden?

Garden Journal 8/8/2017

The weather continues to be amazing with average temperatures around 80 this week. So nice to have a break from the hot, hot weather! Check out this amazing Nick Sr. dahlia that is red on top and yellow underneath. This is a very strong dahlia with strong stems and really good tubers.FimbriataZinniasZinniasDillArtemisia, a floral greenery….

Declaration of Love: Tulips

Last night I went to visit the tulip patch that I planted last fall at our old house. The lush green leaves mixed with the bright reds and pinks makes for quite a sight!

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.

Book: Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden

Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms. This book by Erin Benzakein of Floret Flowers releases on March 7, 2017. I have been eagerly counting down the days to its release since it was announced. “Grow the flower garden of your dreams. In this striking guide you will find everything…

How To: Fall Dahlia Cuttings

I took cuttings, dipped them in water, dipped them in rooting hormone and then planted them in seed starter potting soil. I did this last weekend and they look really great already.