Exciting News and Others Things

While I was sitting out side on the porch writing a post, because I can't do much anything else with my back issue, I see an email come in from Better homes and Gardens. My first thought was that it was about renewing my subscription.  I clicked on the email and started reading it...

"Hi Cathy,

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MG Series: Hydrangea Care and Pruning

Last week I started working on designing the front gardens of the church I attend. The beds are not that large but one bed has many undesirable elements (plagues that can't be covered, a HUGE memorial stone of a founding founder and a few more).   I'm also donating all the herbaceous plants and the church is covering the cost of the trees and shrubs.

Since I'm donating the flowers was one reason why I propagated large volumes of plants in the greenhouse. My garden beds are very established, and some of the plants have gotten quite large so I'm digging them up/dividing them to provide more plants.  I'll also be removing plants [Continue reading...]


A New Cottage Blue Color In the Kitchen

cottage tea cups, Lilly of the valley

I've been ready for a color change in the kitchen for the longest time.  I procrastinate about it because I have the hardest time picking our the "perfect" color.  In our upstairs bedroom at one point I've had 8 different sample colors on the walls.  Sometimes I want to go back to the days of […]

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Out In The Front Yard And Out Greenhouse

hostas, ferns, sweet woodruff, creeping jenny, crap apple tree

The rain has been falling the last few days, some light gentle rains, and some severe storms the other night.  With the generous amount of rain everything in the gardens is popping...so are the weeds:-{.  Yesterday and today it stopped raining long enough for me to catch up on some weeding in the front yard […]

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Roasted Cornish Game Hens

roasted rock cornish hens

For Mother's day I wanted a simple yet elegant meal but didn't want to spend a lot of my time cooking.   One thing is for sure, I always want great tasting food!  There are many things about food/cooking that I am in love with, one of them is how special it can make us […]

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If Apple MacBook Pro Is So Great….

Apple MacBook Pro

I've never considered myself a lucky person! I've accepted that fact over the years and try and just go with it.  It seems to me that if something is not going to go right, it will happen to me -; Now I rarely do posts that are what I consider to be "whining".  We all […]

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Shades Of Violet Flowers And A Vignette

vintage tea cup and plate

In the early morning I like to walk about in my gardens and as I heading out the front door I noticed several  shades of Spring violet flowers. The flower box outside our front door houses some pansies.. Follow

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MG Series: Reusing Last Season’s Potting Soil?

worm cartoon

As I'm getting ready to start planting the containers (25 of them) in my garden. It got me thinking about doing this master gardening series on Reusing Last Season's Potting Soil? In every gardener there is a child who believes in The Seed Fairy. Robert Brault Short answer: yes. Some home gardeners think they have […]

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Happy Third Blogiversary To Me!

Cottage Gardens

I've been meaning to put up this post for the last few weeks, but didn't get to it till today.  I'm celebrating my fourth third year blogiversary!  My blog has been around for 4 years, but having been out sick nearly a year I consider it my 3rd anniversary! In 3 years I've..... written over […]

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MG Series: Wisteria

Wisteria in Bloom

My beautiful wisteria is in full bloom right now and was the inspiration for today's mastering gardening (MG) series topic. Follow

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