Allium - Fireworks in the Garden and In Your Home

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Jul 3, 2014 1:54:06 PM

This spring I was able to enjoy a stunning display of alliums in my garden. These late spring bloomers were the grand finale in a spectacular spring flower show.

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Topics: home decor, alliums, fireworks

Trending Thursday - Muscari Inspiration

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Jun 19, 2014 5:49:58 PM

Muscari is your garden's best accessory. Stunning on it's own, it also coordinates with almost every fall-planted, spring blooming bulb in your garden! A picture is worth a thousand words, so here are a few pictures to inspire you to plant muscari this fall!

River of muscari at Keukenhof in Holland.

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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs, Tulips, muscari

The Tulip House - Bulb Garden Inspiration

Posted by Marlene Thompson on May 16, 2014 5:08:46 PM

After a long and cold winter, spring arrived and my fall-planted bulbs started to bloom...and bloom...and bloom. WOW! Did they ever bloom! My front and back yard are flowering in full force and I have had many people call, text and email with questions about how I did it! I am blessed with visitors who walk by and enjoy the blooms as much as I do.

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Home Grown Strawberries and a Recipe

Posted by Marlene Thompson on May 9, 2014 3:48:06 PM

I love summer produce, the farmer’s market, tomatoes warmed by the sun and growing my own fruits and vegetables! I am always looking for new recipes based on what’s growing in my raised beds and patio. Last year I successfully grew strawberries and I was on the hunt for a fantastic recipe for my delicious bounty.

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From The Child of a Gardener

Posted by Marlene Thompson on May 7, 2014 11:43:00 AM

I love seeing my children's school work come home when they are first learning to spell and express themselves on paper. This week was no different! My 2nd grade daughter's class has been learning about the plant life cycle. She brought home the paper below and it appears as if her teacher circled it because it wasn't the answer she was looking for....but it was the perfect answer that only the child of a gardener would say!

She's always the first one to tell me if one of our plants is wilting and my response to her is always "It just needs a little love." Then off she goes to give it some water and a little soft talking to. I'm glad she sees the beauty of what a little love can do to help things grow.

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A Week At Keukenhof

Posted by Marlene Thompson on May 6, 2014 10:37:18 AM

Every year we visit the The Netherlands and spend a significant time at Keukenhof in Lisse. If you have not been to the world’s largest garden, you must put this showcase of Dutch flower blooms on your bucket list. The superb display of bulbs, flowers and plants is inspiring and one of many steps we take when choosing our fall bulb collections each year.

We are so fortunate to be surrounded by such beautiful flowers and have it be part of a day at work! Here are a few photographs of our trip to Keukenhof in April. We hope you enjoy these flowers as much as we do!

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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs, Tulips, daffodils, narcissus, muscari, Keukenhof

Supporting Peony Plants with Cages

Posted by Marlene Thompson on May 1, 2014 4:45:00 PM

I love growing peony plants and and enjoying them in my garden and as a cut flower. Peonies take patience as few flower the first year, but they are worth the wait because they will flower and thrive for 20 years or more. They bloom early in the season, (late spring or early summer depending on your location), and they boast big, beautiful blooms. However, their tall stems can tend to flop over due the size and weight of the flowers. The easiest way to solve this problem is by using a peony cage.

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Daffodils - Spring's Sunshine

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Apr 21, 2014 7:47:00 AM

Narcissus, or daffodils, are a stunning and simple way to add a breath of fresh air to your spring gardens. Hardy and cold tolerant, daffodil bulbs that were planted last fall are blooming and thriving in many areas right now.

 Here are the many reasons we love daffodils:

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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs, daffodils, daffodil aftercare, narcissus

Blooming Now - Crocus and Tulips

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Apr 17, 2014 12:30:45 PM

Right now spring gardens are in full bloom (or will be in bloom soon). While planning has to happen months in advance, inspiration happens while bulbs are blooming!

The best way to get the most out of your garden season is to plant bulbs in the fall that will bloom in succession in the spring. Blooming right now in the garden state of New Jersey are these beauties!  Crocus are one of the early blooming fall planted, spring blooming bulbs, which makes them a perfect companion to mid-spring bloomers like the tulips pictured with them.

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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs, Crocus, Spring Blooming Flowers, Tulips

Snow Over Spring Flowers

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Apr 16, 2014 12:15:00 PM

This week many of the northern Midwest and Eastern states were surprised with more snow after enjoying a week of spring weather. The first thing that crossed my mind when I stepped out and saw my landscape covered in snow was “Oh, this is just cruel.” That thought quickly passed when I walked outside to see my lovely spring blooming flowers covered in snow. I had to snap a few photos because it was quite pretty (see above)! 

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