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

Billings Farm and Museum Woodstock, Vermont

We took so many photos at the Billings Farm, it was difficult to decide which to post!

 The picturesque Billings Farm and Museum across the street from the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic site, it not your ordinary New England farm. Frederick Billings owned the farm, but he didn't live on it. We toured the farm house, which was state of the art for 1890 and built for the farm manager and his family. It's too much for me to relay here, so do visit their website to learn about the fascinating history.


A vegetable garden sits outside the farmhouse, but when we visited in early June, was just getting started, with herbs and rhubarb growing. The guide told us they are in the process of planting it with heirloom varieties. Inside the house, we saw the most incredible pantry, where produce was preserved and stored.












In addition to touring the house, we learned about heirloom breeds of chickens, cows, sheep and horses.


 








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