Herbs…A nice Holiday surprise

Now that the weather is cooling down (and in some places freezing) fresh herbs are more difficult to grow in your garden.  Not to mention the holidays are quickly approaching us.  The perfect gift for the gardener and cook in your family is an herb wreath.  There are several websites where you can purchase these, […]

Planning for Visitors

Upon the arrival of a new baby you are going to have family and friends lined up to see you and that precious baby.  It might be a good idea to put together a plan for visitors and share that plan with everyone so you can enjoy your new baby and all your visitors.  And […]

Golden Rain Tree…a blooming beauty

The Golden Rain Tree is absolutely amazing.  This tree is native to eastern Asia and was introduced to the United States by Thomas Jefferson who received seeds from Madame de Tesse, a correspondent from France.  For more history on the plant visit,  http://www.arhomeandgarden.org/plantoftheweek/articles/Golden_Raintree.htm My mom reminded me of this plant over the Thanksgiving holidays.  She […]

Fresh flowers add a little festivity

Fresh flowers are a great way to make your home a little more festive over the holidays. You can go with the African Violet which will last you well beyond the holidays.  They are somewhat persnickety, but they are pretty.  They like sunlight, but do not need direct sunlight.  And the soil should remain moist, […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Sometimes we get so busy and so focused on our annual Thanksgiving traditions we forget what we are thankful for or to even be thankful.  We all have something to be thankful for.  Maybe it’s a best friend that is always there for us, family, health, a warm meal, a […]

Best ever diaper rash cream

I think our little one must be cutting some two year molars early.  There is lots of drool, fingers in mouth and more poo than usual.  And with more poo comes diaper rash. On a normal day we just use diaper rash cream. When it gets a little worse we do a layer of Aquaphor […]

Orchids

Happy Monday! I don’t know about you, but I am enjoying this cooler weather.  It brings on the feeling of fall/winter.  Today we are going to address a question from Crista. Here goes…Hope you don’t mind my question but I need help with my orchid. The stem is going brown and it’s not blooming. Ideas? […]

Perk up those fresh cut flowers a little longer

We all love fresh cut flowers and as we are moving into the holiday season will probably be enjoying them a little more.  I recently read in Good Housekeeping that if you put a penny and a pinch of sugar into the vase of fresh water your flowers will be perkier longer.  I have in […]

Tis the season to give back

Throughout the year I frequently put on my mental to do list that we should schedule a family weekend to give back to the community.  Maybe habitat for humanity, adopt a family, serve food at a homeless shelter, etc.  However, it seems like the weekends book up and the year flies by and then it […]

How about a bit of Live Forever…

As we continue down our path of fall gardening let’s go ahead and incorporate plant sharing.  My friend, Brittany, gave me several cuttings from a plant her family brought down from Kansas, they call it a Live Forever.  I have down some research and they sound pretty amazing. This plant is part of the sedum family, is […]