I can’t believe my last post was way back in early April. Major blogging FAIL. That just means I have lots of juicy bits to share with you including an entertaining mix of successes and failures.

As you may recall from January and February posts, I was aggressive with starting seeds indoors (which turned out to be a really fun way to get through those gray winter months). We experienced a fairly mild April and early May in Metro Detroit. Instead of following my instinct, I had a stellar idea of planting some seedlings outdoors, earlier than originally planned (May 3rd instead of May 18th).

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Looking for a great way to get some garden inspiration or just need a fun summer event to look forward to? You’ve come to the right place! I’ve gathered an initial list of garden tours taking place all over Southeastern Michigan in 2016. These garden tours can be a feast for the eyes. Whether you just want to see beautiful flowers, trees, and shrubs, or are looking for ideas for your own outdoor space, get ready to get outside and have fun! Maybe I’ll even see you there!

Read More 2016 Garden Tours – SE Michigan

For the past six weeks, I’ve been focused on starting seeds indoors to get a jump-start on the growing season. So far, things seem to be going pretty well, but I have learned a few important lessons.

Read More Starting Seeds – Lessons Learned So Far

February was something fierce, I’ll tell you that straight up. Note to self and everyone else. I need to get the heck out of Michigan in mid-February and head for the tropics for at least a full week. After the mid-month mark, I just didn’t feel like doing much of anything.

Read More Starting Seeds – An update

Flash back to 2010 or 2011 and you’re looking at the last time I attempted to grow flowers from seeds indoors. I’m not sure what happened, but I gave up…

Read More Starting Seeds

With the sun pouring through my windows this morning, I had to get outside to see if I could find any signs of spring. I started in the front yard…

Read More Signs of Spring!

All of a sudden hellebores are everywhere I turn. Facebook. Instagram. Magazines. They’ve even recently come up in  conversation with a friend. I read about them in a book more than a year ago and honestly didn’t give them a second thought. These flowers seem to be relentlessly trying to get my attention and interest, they have it now, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Read More Flower Focus: Hellebores

This next step in the garden planning phase may look different depending on your gardening goals, items you’ve placed on your wish list, and how much knowledge you have of where these plants/flowers/vegetables will take root.

If you are already familiar with the growing conditions and space in the garden is not a concern to you, the next best step is determining if you want/need plants or seeds. Some varieties may only be available in a certain form, so the decision may be an automatic one depending on what you want to grow. For example, I’ve looked at greenhouses for sweet pea plants with no success, so the only option is to grow from seed if I want them. Seeds it is!

Read More The perfect time to plan a garden (Part 3)

Now that you have your gardening goal(s) defined, the next step involves finding inspiration and putting together a wish list of items you love. At this point, we’re not concerned with figuring out if these plants/flowers/vegetables are a fit for your yard just yet. Find the stuff you love.

If your gardening goal is to have hydrangeas this year, do some research on hydrangea varieties that interest you. Do you like Oakleaf, PeeGee, Annabelle, or Lacecap? Is there a specific color that you are drawn to more than others?

As you discover the plants you like, jot them down somewhere, bookmark them, pin them to a Pinterest board, print them on a physical mood board, whatever tool you like so you can reference them later. I love performing this exercise in the winter; it takes my mind off of the snow and cold weather.

If you have zero clue on where to start, give these options a go:

Read More The perfect time to plan a garden (Part 2)

January is in full swing and February will be here before you know it. More snow has hit Metro Detroit this week and I’m already dreaming of spring. These cloudy, gray days will take their toll on me and I will be craving sun, blue skies, and a yard full of flowers. The middle of winter is the perfect time to find inspiration for your spring and summer gardens.

There are quite a few things to tackle on this topic, so I’ll break it up into smaller parts over a series of blog posts. The first step should be to figure out your gardening goal(s).

Read More The perfect time to plan a garden (Part 1)