Friday, September 15

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: Growing Your Greens


Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is John at Growing Your Greens. His amazing channel has 407,270 plus subscribers and for good reason. If you haven't yet heard of Growing Your Greens, this is a must see channel.

Wednesday, September 13

Noe to Caroline-Fall Clean Up started in Portland, OR


Hi Caroline,

Here is the first video that I made for the blog using the new Adobe Spark program everyone on the internet is talking about, For now it is free, so you may want to check it out too. I know we have talked about adding videos and having a Sprouts YouTube Channel.

It is still very warm here, but it could turn to fall at any moment. My priorities include collecting seeds, harvesting, and tidying what is left up before it starts raining everyday. I should have plenty seeds to share. This is the first year that I am actually saving seeds to use next year and it is a lot of fun.

Is it Fall there? I know you have been working in your garden too and have some exciting projects planned for next year that you will announce to the readers soon. I am getting more and more interested in Bio dynamic gardening.It is said to be more organic than organic gardening. They use certain plants to fertilize the soil and plant everything according to the moons cycles. I think if I can focus on planning on transitioning over this winter then I will be ready in the fall. 




Friday, September 8

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: One Yard Revolution-Frugal & Sustainable Organic Gardening


Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is One Yard Revolution-Frugal & Sustainable Organic Gardening. Fantastic channel!


Friday, September 1

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: Charles Dowding


Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is Charles Dowding, with tips on no dig, less input, more yield and fewer weeds.




Thursday, August 31

September Garden Tour-Portland, OR

Heirloom tomatoes 

These zinnias look like dried flowers

This is an ornamental artichoke

Tomatoes

More Tomatoes


The GreenStalk gardening system is working out great!

Friday, August 25

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: The Great American Farm Tour Justin Rhodes

Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is Justin Rhodes' The Great American Farm Tour. This isn't our typical gardening channel. It's more of a farm and travel channel. In a nutshell- a family of six, a converted bus, and the open road leading to farms across America. It's fantastic!


Friday, August 18

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorite: David the Good


Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is David the Good. Check out David's channel for fun videos on a variety of topics-gardening in the tropics, permaculture, honey bees, and loads more.




Friday, August 11

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: Edible Acres

Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is Edible Acres, permaculture gardeners from the Finger Lakes region of New York state.

 
 
 

Sunday, August 6

August Flowers In Caroline's Garden

Day lily, Bachelor Buttons Tiger Lily, Golden Rose, Purple Coneflower
Pansies, Petunias, Bee Balm, Phlox, Tiger Lilies, Bachelor Buttons
 

Friday, August 4

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: Oliver's Greenhouse

Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is Oliver's Greenhouse.  Check out his videos about Orchids, Exotic and Carnivorous Plants.

 
 

Tuesday, August 1

End of July Flowers-Portland, OR

Pretty Cosmos Flower-easy to grow annual
 
Green Envy Zinnia-easy to grow annual

My roses are blooming again

Love these Zinnia. The blooms look like paper flowers

One of my Cosmos beds

Friday, July 28

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: Bealtaine Cottage

Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is one we've been watching for years now and have recommended before, but if you haven't been introduced to Bealtaine Cottage, you must take a look. Colette has renewed her three acres in Ireland with permaculture for the past 13 years. You will love this channel!

Thursday, July 27

Summer Update-Portland, OR




Cucumbers grown in the GreenStalk system


Below is a bed of Cosmos ready to flower. Cosmos is one of the annuals that I direct sowed this year that is doing well. Zinnia is the other one. Both should put on a fabulous show into late fall if I continue to keep cutting them for bouquets. This year I grew florist quality seeds which means these varieties are for cutting and have longer stalks than seed varieties grown in your garden.

The Cosmos are nearly my height
More mini beds of flowers in salvaged drawers. I love mini beds because they can act sort of like a new plant nursery. This year I used them to grow new varieties of annuals. 
 

Mini beds of annuals
 
I have two kinds of strawberries, the ones that fruit once and the ones that fruit several times. This year I am in a losing battle with birds. Just when a strawberry is ready to harvest, I notice the next day that a bird has consumed it. It is most frustrating. I wonder if it is the family of Bluebirds that make their home in my garden.
Strawberries in the "Greenstalk" container
 This was my first salad of 100% harvested vegetables. The tomatoes have just started to fruit. This is the SunGold variety. They are always sweet.
Salad from the garden
 Here is a photo of my mother with a fresh cut bouquet from the garden.
Flowers included snapdragons, roses and herbs for greenery.
 
Mum gets a bouquet of garden flowers
 

Friday, July 21

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorite: What Vivi Did Next

Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is somewhat new to YouTube, but you've seen Vivi on Sean's Allotment Garden. Now she's started her own channel "What Vivi Did Next."

Saturday, July 15

Caroline's July Flower Garden 2017

My flowers are blooming mid-summer, so here is a quick July tour of my perennials.

Daylily

Yellow Roses

Foxglove


Dianthus

Poppy

Foxglove and Mock Orange

Mock Orange

Friday, July 14

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: Desert Plants of Avalon

Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is "Desert Plants of Avalon." If you like cacti and succulents, you will enjoy this fun channel.

Wednesday, July 12

Hiking Mt. Tom in Woodstock Vermont


Some scenes from our hike up Mt. Tom in Woodstock Vermont. It's a lovely hike, much of it on carriage roads with a beautiful view at the top of Woodstock village.





Tuesday, July 11

This weeks bouquets from the garden-Portland, OR

This week the summer annuals have begun to put on a spectacular show. This year I have been experimenting with growing a cutting garden. Among the flowers blooming are some old fashion favorites; cosmos, lavender, snapdragons, cleome and cosmos. I have been learning how to do simple hand tied bouquets by viewing videos like the one linked to this post.


More roses, lavender and snapdragons


I call this my country bouquet

This is my first cosmos bloom



Monday, July 10

Summer Flowers in Salem, Massachusetts 2017

It's been some time since I've posted pictures of flowers from Salem Massachusetts. It's been some time since I last visited, but when I do, I'm always impressed with the container plantings around Salem, Massachusetts. I took some snaps of some of my favorites to show our readers. I hope you get some inspiration for your own containers. I particularly love the many varieties of purple petunias. What's your favorite?



 

Friday, July 7

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: Garden Answer

Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is "Garden Answer" with videos about a variety of garden projects and products. We love the Do It Yourself Tips and creative how-to videos.

Sunday, July 2

New summer flowers-Portland, OR

This is a lime green Zinnia. I love lime green flowers


Pretty Pink Zinnia

Tropical looking Calla Lilli is easy to grow

I made a mini hand tied bouquet with a Rose, Zinnia and red Snapdragons



Friday, June 30

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: The Small Garden Channel

Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is relatively new to YouTube. Check out "The Small Garden Channel." You'll be glad you did.

Wednesday, June 28

Vermont Campground with Lovely Landscaping

This is a gardening blog, not a campground blog, but I just had to share with you the pretty landscaping at a campground we visited in June.
 We were there while the rhododendrons, bridal veil and lilacs were in bloom.
 I thought these Dalmatian garden ornaments were cute!

Sunset over the campsite
Early morning view of the grounds. Everything was so pretty.
 
The shade garden had several colors of rhododendrons, coral bells, and hostas.

I can't say enough good things about this campground- in addition to the beautiful landscaping. Here's a video I found on youtube (this is where we first heard about this campground)

Sunday, June 25

Hand tied mini bouquet

First hand tied bouquet of the season

A lovely David Austin Rose

"Pretty in Pink"

An old fashion look

The bouquet in a blue and white vase

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