Gardens, Travel and Day Trips

“Orchid Mania” at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

Winters in Northeast Ohio can be brutal. A visit to the glasshouse at the Cleveland Botanical Garden will warm your spirit and offer an escape to make you forget the snow and ice-covered landscape outside. The winter show, “Orchid Mania” is held annually. Whether or not you have ever had any desire to grow orchids,… Continue reading “Orchid Mania” at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

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It’s Time to Plant the Tomatoes! (Even if you Don’t Like Them)

You don't like tomatoes? If your only experience with them are tomatoes from the grocery store or the wedges you get in your restaurant salad, well then, I'd have to say that I can't blame you. What passes for a tomato in most places during most of the year is a tasteless fraud with a… Continue reading It’s Time to Plant the Tomatoes! (Even if you Don’t Like Them)

Arts, Crafts and Creations, Garden Art, Gardens

Check out our old outhouse project!

There was an old outhouse on our property when we bought it. This summer, in an effort to save it, my husband put on a new roof and gave the outside a coat of paint. Then I went to work on the inside. It isn't really usable. There is no "hole." But it's a great piece… Continue reading Check out our old outhouse project!

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The Low Maintenance Garden Experiment: Dry and Shady Driveway Border

The driveway garden was a puzzle. From the day we moved into the house, we had no idea how we were going to address the small grassy area on the street side of our driveway which is backed by a hedge of spring blooming forsythia. Both dry and shady because it was beneath a thick branched… Continue reading The Low Maintenance Garden Experiment: Dry and Shady Driveway Border

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The Low Maintenance Garden Experiment: Under the Porch Windows

I’ve always had gardens. My spring and fall, and sometimes even summer, weekends have been filled with garden chores. Perennials, biennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, shrubs, trees and potted plants all have had a place in my yard. But when I realized I needed to make some changes, I didn’t know where to begin.  My situation isn’t… Continue reading The Low Maintenance Garden Experiment: Under the Porch Windows