MG Series: Its All In The Soil

good soil

Many years ago, when Mr. C and I were going to have a garden wedding, so it was kind of essential that gardens were created in our yard:-(. I didn't read any gardening books because it all seemed so obvious. Get rid of that grass and plant your seeds and plants in the dirt underneath. […]

Overload And Signs Of Spring

Narcissus, Daffodil

Last week was a week that didn't go well...I spilled a huge glass of ice tea on my laptop:-{.  It has gone to laptop heaven....and I went out looking for a computer on Friday.  When I left I thought I was going to buy another windows laptop.  Somehow I left with a new Mac Pro? […]

MG Series: Plant Light Requirements

sun loving flowers

When you buy plants, whether annual or perennial, they usually contain a label that provides the "sun" exposure preference of the plant.  Today's Master Gardening Series will cover why it's important to know plant light requirements. Full sun, partial sun and so on! Oh, spring came to my garden And caught it unaware Wearing just […]

Master Gardening: When Can I Plant Annuals


Spring is in the air and I spent the entire day outside in our front yard gardens.  12 large garden bags were filled with leaves, container remnants and grass clippings.  While I was working in the beds I was thinking about a question I'm often asked - When Can I Plant Annuals.

Master Gardening – When To Prune Lilacs

Lilac Bush

With Spring finally peeping her head out I thought it was a good idea to bring back the post on the When To Prune Lilacs.   Click here to see How to Prune Shrubs Lilacs are soon to be in bloom and their unmistakeable fragrance will fill the air!

Early October Garden


The sun was pouring in through the windows...and it rained for 3 days before.  I felt the need to head out and see what's been going on and if anything made it through the hard rains. Several weeks ago we had a hard enough frost to kill all my Impatients so I wasn't able to […]

Late August Garden Flowers

Dahlia Bloom

Today it finally cooled off!  It wasn't temperature hot but very, very, very humid outside which just depletes me! After sitting awhile in my secret garden sitting area I decided to walk around and take photos of our late August garden flowers I came inside to grab my camera and headed out the front door. […]

My Secret Garden Sitting Area

Secret Garden Sitting Area

With fall fast approaching I'm in a frenzy to share my garden with you all! Last week our Secret Garden Pond was shared.  Today my secret garden sitting area. There are five windows in our kitchen nook and when looking out the back (west) nook window this is our view of the pond area. Straight […]

My Secret Garden Pond Area

Water Pond

My favorite spot in my garden is the secret garden and pond area.   This is where I whittle away the hours in tranquil peace. Warning....long post! You might remember I've designed my garden into rooms. I've shared my Front Garden, Sun Garden and today is the Secret Garden Pond Area. In another post I'll […]

MG Series: Leaf Spot Diseases of Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia Black Spots

Today's MG Series: Leaf Spot Diseases of Rudbeckia. Rudbeckia, Black Eyed Susan, is in the Asteraceae family, and their common name is coneflower or black eyed susan. A beloved cottage and cutting garden staples, with their marvelous blends of gold, orange, reddish, and mahogany petals on daisies up to 6 inches across. They are a […]