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Growing Buttercream Sunflowers

Hi Lovelies, I'm back! The bright sunshine and heat we've had the last couple days means one thing - I'm absolutely swimming in sunflowers. I planted about 13 different varieties of sunflower this year, mainly because if all else fails, I know that I can usually depend on them. *knock on wood* Anyway, this post…

Sour Feelings and Pretty Zinnias

Hi Lovelies, I hope all is well! It's been about a week and things are finally starting to change around here. I'll admit to having some sour feelings about the garden lately. I think a lot of it stems from things that are simply out of my control. This season has been a roller coaster,…

Growing Stargazer Oriental Lilies

Hi Lovelies, I know, I know. Stargazer lilies have been around forever, why are you even bothering to write a post about them? Well my friends, because I love them, of course. Speaking honestly, I have the tendency to fall in love with whatever's blooming profusely at the moment - but these beauties have never…

Preparing for Hardy Annuals

Hi Lovelies, So, it's raining again. I know I shouldn't be complaining because a lot of folks are suffering from heat and a major drought, but I'm itching to get back into the garden so badly. The stargazer oriental lilies started to bloom this week. Unfortunately, they did so during the rain. That means there…

Growing Pro Cut Brilliance Sunflowers

Hi Lovelies, So, I won't lie - I'm starting to really enjoy writing these posts, and somehow they've managed to morph into reviews. I personally like the direction that I've taken because I know I like to extensively investigate anything that I plan to grow, and one aspect of that is seeing what other gardeners…

Japanese Beetles: The Zinnia Destroyers

Hi Lovelies, It's that time of year again, you know, the end of June. ┬áThat means one thing for me - June bugs. While the term "June bugs"┬ácan apply to large variety of creepy crawlies, around here, people mainly mean Japanese Beetles. Ugh! Over the years, I've managed to learn quite a few interesting tidbits…

Once upon a time…

Hi Lovelies, Once upon a time, there was a garden. It wasn't the most beautiful garden in all the land, but it bountifully provided for those who lived in the castle. Okay, no, wait. I'm kidding. It wasn't a castle. Not even close. Nope. Just a normal house, on a normal street, with some folks…

Growing Casablanca Oriental Lilies

Hi Lovelies, Well, another week has passed. To catch you up, it's been raining here - a lot. Upon walking into the garden yesterday, I instantly sank to my ankles deep in heavy clay mud. Yuck! I'm not ever sure you could call it mud, honestly. If you've ever sank deep into slimy river silt,…

It’s Time for Topping Dahlias!

Hi Lovelies, If you know me at all, you know that I'm absolutely obsessed with growing dahlias. I honestly, for whatever reason, just cannot help myself. They come in just about every size, shape, and color that you can imagine - did I mention that they're absolutely gorgeous? The first few years that I grew…

Updates – Sweet Peas, Lisianthus, Catmint, and Planting Time

Hi Lovelies, I hope that everyone is doing quite well. I've been on the road to recovery for the past week after a quick visit to the emergency room, yuck! With this, I've been away from the flowers and so much has gone on without me. Though I'm technically still supposed to be on bed…