butterfly feeder

Homemade Butterfly Feeder~Use 4 parts water to one part sugar, and add over-ripe fruit. Bright colors will attract them. I'm thinking of adding a butterfly feeder to the blueberry garden next spring.


How romantic is this lovely pergola patio space? We love the use of potted plants and indoor accessories to truly make this an outdoor room! (patio ideas with pergola vines)

Could it really be this easy?

Turn Storage Containers into Self Watering Tomato Planters

EarthTainer - Turn Storage Containers into Self Watering Tomato Planters. This method allows above ground growth, with exact water needs, and for late growth regions it accelerates growing season.

Blue Shrimp Plant, Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'

Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' BLUE SHRIMP PLANT The first time I grew this annual, I could not find any information about it; however, Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' quickly became a popular plant, and rightly so.

Installing a raised bed

Step-by-Step: Build the Ultimate Raised Bed

How to build the perfect raised bed: Rake the existing soil at the bottom of the bed to level it, then tamp it smooth. Line the bed with hardware cloth to keep out gophers and moles; trim the cloth with shears to fit around corner posts.

Rare Flower of Frosty Dew, herbaceous peony

A Gift Wrapped Life - Gifting Tips, Advice and Inspiration: Pink.as in Peonies and Lattes

Hollyhocks   Fabulous sky rockets of colour that erupt unannounced from nooks and crannys. Strangely, I cant recommend a preferred variety, As i have never bought a single plant.My  elderly neighbors always happily bestowed me with secret envelopes full of seeds, thrust furtively into my hands in the post office queue!

Hollyhocks, I grew up with them and love them. If I ever have a little cottage type house, we must grow hollyhocks.

Golden Chain Tree - blooms late spring and early summer, producing hanging clusters to 2 ft long of yellow flowers that resemble wisteria. (Laburnum x watereri) - 25 ft tall and wide

Our Favorite Small Trees

Golden Chain Tree Magnificent when it blooms in late spring and early summer, golden chain tree produces hanging clusters to 2 feet long of yellow flowers that resemble wisteria. The dark green, fine-texture foliage is attractive, too.

tissue paper flowers...for Wizard of Oz party-poppies

Tissue Paper Flowers These flowers are quick to make and the children enjoy making them. Younger children may need some help with accordion-pleating the tissue paper.

Fence and Flowers

Install a white fence for curb appeal. A low fence like this is both playful and proper. Dressed with roses and fronted with mounding perennials, it makes a welcome entry from the street or sidewalk. (If we ever put up that white picket fence!

Hydrangea quercifolia, Oakleaf Hydrangea "Snow Queen"

Hydrangea quercifolia Snow Queen

Hydrangea quercifolia, Oakleaf Hydrangea "Snow Queen" This is an awesome shrub. White Flowers fade to pink, exfoliating bark and leaves turn red in fall.