Flower Explosion

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I am always amazed at how quickly winter turns into spring. How one day you see some green poking up through the dirt, and then barely a week later. Flowers everywhere.

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This Hummingbird Moth loved the flowers!

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And just as quickly as they bloomed, the flowers faded away. Not to be seen again for another year.  I love these flowers that fill the front garden with giant splotches pf color. I just wish the blooms stayed longer.

Flower Explosion

One of my favorite things to happen in the spring is the Phlox exploding into bloom.

I can’t believe how much they have grown in the last few years. Now they look like giant pillows made out of flowers.


When we first started dreaming up a garden for the very front of the house, I knew I wanted to have plenty of Phlox draping over the rock wall.

We bought some of every color.

My favorite is this one, called candy stripe, which is sometimes hard to find.

I planted these tulip bulbs last fall, I love how full and plump they look!

I just wish that they bloomed for longer than  couple weeks.
What are some of your favorite flowers to see in the spring?

First Flowers

These last two winter months have seemed so long and dark, but finally there is a sign that spring is just around the corner.

Every day I go out and stare at the ground, just hoping to catch a glimpse of the first bulbs poking up through the soil. I was overjoyed to see the tulips I planted last fall start to show themselves last week.


Crocus are always the first to bloom.

The hyacinths are my favorite, I love how their sweet scent fill the whole yard.





Have you seen any spring flowers yet?

Current Inspiration: Cottage Gardens!

During the long dark winter nights when I’m stuck inside, I like to dream about my garden to keep from going stir crazy.

On my mind this year are cottage style gardens like this one. With all kinds of flowers, overflowing with tall colorful blooms. This year I have high hopes for growing a beautiful garden of wildflowers. Here are some of my ideas!


I love how foxgloves and irises look together. I started some foxgloves by seed inside, hopefully I started them early enough so they’ll flower in the spring.
One day I hope to have a  glorious iris collection. I have been adding a few new colors to my garden each year, they’re so pretty!

I just love how cottage gardens look growing along a cute little fence.
I think allium is such a striking plant. I bought a pack of bulbs last fall and I can’t wait to see how they look this spring!
 I have never seen pink allium before but I need some.


 Cone flowers like these pink ones are another one of my favorites. I bought a few clumps of them last spring so hopefully they made it through the winter and will grow back even bigger.
 I hope that my garden will look as full and lush as this one does. I have had some pretty dismal attempts in the past!

The first year I started all my seeds inside, but I only had room for so many so I didn’t have as many plants as I would like, but it still ended up pretty. The next year I planted them all directly in the ground, but then a late frost hit so it killed most of them off. Last year I waited too long to plant them and they took forever to grow.
This year I am going to buy a whole bunch of wildflower seed packets and put some directly in the ground, and also start some inside, so hopefully this will finally be the year for my wildflower garden!

Does anybody else have any garden plans for this spring?

Growing Ginger

Lately I have been obsessed all the different kinds of foods I can grow myself. I have already started some lemon trees, and next I wanted to try growing my own ginger.

I picked up some ginger at food lion, despite all the articles I read about it needing to be organic, and free of chemicals that stop it from sprouting. My lemons from food lion sprouted okay so I thought maybe the ginger would too. 

I broke the ginger up into three chunks and soaked it overnight, to remove any chemicals.

Then I placed it on some potting soil in a warm location, out of direct sunlight and kept the soil moist but not soaked. 

And I waited!  Weeks passed but I never saw any sprouts, and when I went to investigate, I found that the inside of my ginger had turned into a rotten sludge. As soon as I touched the skin, it deflated like a stinky balloon. Gross!

So I took a trip to Trader Joes and got some nice organic ginger and set it on some new clean soil. I skipped the soaking step since I knew it didn’t have any chemicals on it.

Hardly any time passed before I saw sprouts! It grows really really fast.

After it started getting big, I covered the roots and put them in a prettier pot.


Now my ginger plant is huge and I can’t wait to start harvesting fresh ginger.


Ginger likes to grow in indirect light, so keep it out of the sun. 
Make sure the soil is kept moist.
It is sensitive to frost so keep it indoors in the winter. 

It’s a fun and easy thing to grow, try it!