A Must Have In the Garden: Callicarpa Beautyberry Bush

Callicarpa commonly known as Beautyberry is a beautiful shrub grown for its bright almost neon purple berries that show up in late summer when everything else is dying back.   There are over 140 species of the Callicarpa. The American beautyberry C. americana is native to the southeastern part of the United States. The plant… [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]

Foundation Planting Ideas for Overgrown Landscapes

My husband was tired of the three large boxwood shrubs, covering part of the front side of my house, and had them torn out last spring. This left a huge gap, so I needed to figure out what we should plant in the space. Typically foundation planting has groups of several insignificant shrubs that stand… [Read More]

Butternut Squash Tart with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

It seems like butternut squash is available any time of year. However, if you are growing this squash, or still shopping the farmer’s markets, fall is the best time for this tasty vegetable. Or is it a fruit? Recently I picked up a nice one, and made a butternut squash tart with tomatoes, goat cheese… [Read More]

16 Nature Inspired Fall Decor Projects to Make Now

Everyone loves the farmhouse style. You know the homes with a ton of white everywhere, somewhat minimalist decor, lots of neutrals. I like it too, but there is no way I can decorate my home in this fashion. First of all we still have a lot of dark wood everywhere and our main living area… [Read More]

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Seed Libraries, Seed Swaps & Seed Saving

My friend Gail was just showing me her catalog from The Hudson Valley Seed Library. She purchased several packets of seeds for her gorgeous garden. I wish I had taken a picture of these packets, because they were truly beautiful. You see, this company recruits local artists to create beautiful art packs for some of their seeds…. [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]