Hello fellow Gardeners! Are you enjoying the quiet winter or are ready to fast foward to spring? We have had record low January temperatures this year, six inches of snow this week, and everyone else seems to be having a really cold and snowy winter this year too! While we may be stuck with winter for awhile, there’s no doubt that the seasons will change before we know it. The onset of spring tends to bring to mind endless thoughts about spring gardening delights, and if you are like me, you may even have already begun looking through spring magazines and Pinterest boards to plan out what you want to achieve with your outdoor space this spring.
However, as winter moves into becoming a memory, we all may find that our gardens aren’t quite what we remembered them to be. The most conspicuous victim is likely to be the lawn; it may have been lush and green once, but suddenly, it’s looking like a shadow of its former self. Over the years I have learned to begin preparing my lawn in late winter to get a head start on spring gardening and to keep it looking it’s best. Even if it snows through May, a bit of late winter tending to the lawn will really help it look so much better when spring finally arrives to stay.
Fresh summer herbs…yum! One of my greatest joys is being able to grow, harvest, and enjoy herbs straight from the garden. My herbs are doing very well this year! I have already savored them fresh sprinkled on a big, juicy tomato and in a garden salad. I have also made pesto with dried herbs mixed with olive oil. So tasty! Read more
It’s tulip time! Tulips are my favorite flower! They only bloom for about a month and I am always sad to see them go in late spring. Cut tulips are also short lived, but through trial and error I have discovered four easy tips to make tulips last longer and I am happy to share them with you!
In my previous post I shared these lovely white tulips that I received for my birthday. Anytime I have fresh tulips I like to make them last as long as possible. Over the years I have found a few little tricks to keep them around the house for a few extra days.
Hello Spring! Today it was 80 degrees here in Eastern Kentucky and just a brief stroll around the yard had me dreaming spring gardening dreams! I am now ready to start making plans for some changes in the landscape that will take place later this spring and early summer. My thyme, oregano and mint is already growing rapidly and filling the March air with a delightful herbal fragrance. Even some of my succulents have survived one of the mildest winters we have had on record. There are a few daffodils left, and dainty grape hyacinths are popping up beside them too. Everything is greening up and gardening time will be here before we know it! I have some ideas for what I would like to change in the landscape this year but I thought it might be nice to take a look at some older pictures for inspiration.