Hanging Teacup Planter Upcycle with China & Pearls

If you follow this blog then you may be familiar with my friend Carole and her book, Startle Garden, that I just reviewed. Carole, is not only a great writer, but is also the driving force for some of the fun challenges I’ve been sharing.  As the creator of Garden Up Green, she not only loves… [Read More]

Ideas for Updating Your Fall Planter

By the time fall arrives some planters are looking really rangy, while others are still going strong. I hate ripping out perfectly beautiful plants for those planters that still look really good, but I also love decorating for fall. Often I try to marry the two by updating a fall planter, and keeping some of… [Read More]

7 Gardening Rules of Thumb For New Plants

According to the dictionary, the term Rule of Thumbs means; “a method of procedure based on experience and common sense.” So today I’m sharing a few gardening rules of thumb, that I have learned over the years. 7 Gardening Rules of Thumb Sometimes it’s the little tips people tell you, that make all the difference. … [Read More]

The Easiest Way to Propagate Woody Plants

I found this trick out by accident. I planted a Hydrangea paniculata  in the back of my house. The next season I noticed that one of the lower branches that lay on the ground rooted and I cut it from the original plant and now a few years later I have a five foot tall… [Read More]

Same Plant Different Hardiness Zones

Have you ever noticed the same plant growing in different hardiness zones? I was fortunate enough to take a vacation recently starting in Hawaii (zone 12) and then Sonoma County California (zone 9). Of course, I had to take a few plant pics of all the beautiful flowers I came across. I was especially fascinated to… [Read More]

Unique Planter Ideas

I’ve rounded up several unique planter ideas to inspire you this season. There are so many, from fun and whimsical, to fancy and practical. Rule of thumb: If it holds soil, and you can put a hole in it, then you can plant in it. These out of the norm planters, add tons of character and… [Read More]

Consider Deer Resistant Plants

Many people have been asking me what they should do about the deer damage in their garden.  I wish I had a magic solution, but sadly I do not. The truth is, if they are really hungry, especially after a tough winter, they will eat everything and anything. However, there are some plants that they… [Read More]