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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Time got away from me so this is a bit late, but still relevant because it’s beautiful and beauty never goes out of style.

To celebrate the commencement of another winter, a friend and I (along with her toddler son who is ADORABLE), spent a sunny February afternoon at the Belle Isle Conservatory (also known as the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory). The timing couldn’t have been better as the ‘Corpse Flower’ happened to be in bloom too.

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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…

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If you’ve received fresh flowers or have purchased some yourself, there are ways to extend the vase life so you can enjoy them longer. Follow these super simple tips! Tip 1:…

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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…

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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.

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You may not have guessed this just yet, but I’m the type of person who loves having fresh flowers in the house, preferably year-round. Our garden pumps out blooms from mid-spring through the first hard frost, which is nice for decorating, but November thru March are unaccounted for. It’s during this time that I try to find seasonal items to purchase at reasonable prices (I’m not a crazy person) for an extra pick-me-up during those cold months.

I often overlook those bouquets that have a mix of blooms already, opting instead for bunches of flowers containing a single variety and then combining the different varieties together on my own. But there is absolutely nothing wrong with buying a pre-packaged bouquet. You can actually create different looks when going this route. Here are a few examples, all made from two identical bouquets I purchased. I also spent less than $20 on the two bouquets and the ranunculus (bonus!).

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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!

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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:

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