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…

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?

Ranunculus and Roses

As you saw in my last post I attended a workshop at PepperHarrow Farm in Winterset, Iowa last weekend. I thought I would take some more photos of the beautiful bouquet I made. The arrangement includes honeysuckle, mint, oregano, raspberry and lady’s mantle as the foliage along with ranunculus, roses and anemone flowers. \What a…

Growing Hawaiian Plumeria in Iowa

Various businesses in Hawaii sell Plumeria cuttings that are pre-approved for travel back to the mainland and you can even buy them at the airport! Will they grow back home?

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?

Travel: Howell’s Dried Flowers and Greenhouse

If you are looking for a fun stop near Des Moines you have to check out Howell’s Dried Florals and Greenhouse, Tree Farm and Pumpkin Patch. Located at 3145 Howell Court, Cummings, Iowa 50061 they are just a short drive out of town.