Backyard Snow Drops

Our Snow Drops are in full bloom in our backyard right now! Here are some photos of how they look. 

July 26, 2017

Here is what’s currently growing around the yard, all of the colors are so wonderful. The first photo is all the plants that we bought to transfer into the ground. I love the orange lilies, the way they hang and the speckling on the petals is so interesting. We also have coleus growing inside of an old water fountain towards the back of the house. 

May 23, 2017

Here are some of the plants that are currently growing around the yard. All of the colors are so beautiful and vibrant. I love how the hanging plants colors all mix together. Look at how large the hosta in the front plant pot grew! The red daisies against the lush green of the leaves is a sight to see. There are many seedlings also growing in the greenhouse. I can’t wait to plant them all! 


April 14th, 2017

Spring is in full effect around the yard, here is some photos of what is growing around the yard! Flowers include Daffodils (both white and yellow), our beautiful Callory Pear Tree, Red Tulips, Lentin Rose, Cowslip Primrose, Mini Grape Hyacinths, our snowdrops are beginning to fade out and powder blue Chionodoxa is coming in nicely. 

April 11th, 2017

Spring is here, which means flowers are popping up all over the yard! Here is what is currently growing in our yard. The flowers include Chionodoxa, Pink and Purple Hyacinth, Crocus, Flowering Quince, Dark Purple Hyacinth, Lots and lots of Daffodils, and Mini Grape Hyacinths. This is gonna be a good spring for growing flowers! 

Our Garden Update 8/3/16

Here is a few photographs of what is growing in our garden. Last season we planted black beans, and only got around 16 to grow. But this year, we got at least 40! I was so thrilled! Look how the contrast of the black beans against the blue bowl made it seem white in the picture, how strange! We also planted a Lemon Cucumber. In every sense of the word, it is a cucumber- it just looks like a lemon. There was no difference in taste. 

What’s in Bloom, July 7th 2016

There are many flowers blooming in our yard right now. The flowers growing include beautiful Pink Geraniums, yellow and orange Marigolds, Portulaca, Petunia, Small Polka Dot Plant, Coleus, Euphorbia, Hostas, Creeping Jenny, Knockout Rose, Tomato Plant, Rainbow Swiss Chard, White Asiatic Lilies and Day Lilies. All the colors and scents are so amazing. I just love the summer! 

May Blooms 2016

Here are the spring bulbs and perennials growing around our yard for the month of May. Flowers include Johnny Jump Up’s, Yellow Tulips, Red Double Tulips, Flowering Quince, Thyme (in our Thyme Pathway), Callery Pear Tree, Daffodils, Purple Tulips, Weeping Cherry Tree, Orange Frittalaria, Japanese Andromeda, Creeping Phlox and Bleeding Hearts. All the colors are so nice to look at.

Shrubs around the Yard

Here are some beautiful photos of the assorted shrubs and plants growing in our yard at the moment. Plants growing include Service Berry, Pussy Willow, Spice Bush, Lenten Rose, Mohican Viburnum, Leather Leaf Viburnum, Plum Tree, Forsythia (I just love the color!), Pieris Andromeda, Spirea, Eastern Red Bud and our Magnolia Flower is starting to bloom as well!  

Our Garden – November 12, 2015

Come see what is in bloom for the month of November in our garden right now! We have been doing a lot of work in the yard recently as well. We have put down a foundation for the new greenhouse in the backyard, we have started to form a rock garden, and we put down new stepping stones in the front yard. Some of the flowers growing include Gerber Daisies, Hydrangeas and Atrium. 

Rose Colors and Meanings

Each variety of rose has its own meaning. Here is a chart of each color and meaning, so you don’t give the wrong color (or impression) next time you hand out these faithful flowers.


























Thank you ProFlowers for the original information. You can read more here. 

Christmas Tree Safety

Throughout the month of December, it is important to check your Christmas tree for watering daily (if you always have a live tree.) According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Here are some tips to remember during the christmas season, to ensure your house doesn’t go up in flames.

  1. Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
  2. Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1″ – 2″ from the base of the trunk.
  3. If you have an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant.Be sure to keep it at least three feet away from radiators or any heat source and to always turn off the lights before going to sleep.
  4. When decorating the tree, make sure there is no broken, worn, or loose bulbs on a string of lights.
  5. Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  6. Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  7. Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  8. The holiday season is over, get rid of your tree when it begins to drop needles. Dried-out trees are just as much of a fire hazard than you think. Never keep it in a garage or placed outside against the home.

Thank you to the National Fire Protection Association for the original information. You can read more here. 

What’s In Bloom for Early July

There are many plants blooming in our yard right now. We also had a visit from a woodpecker that flew into our back door, he took some time after impact to collect his bearings on the back steps. The large flowering quince from the corner of the yard was chopped down, it made room for many small plants and now we can see the street from that side of the yard! And we also found a nest in the Dwarf Alberta Spruce in the center of the front yard, there was 5 tiny eggs inside. Some of the plants in bloom are Asiatic Lilies, Black Eyed Susans, Blue eyed Mist and Thyme in the pathway.

What’s Growing in our Containers

Here’s currently what is in bloom in our myriad of planters and containers. We are growing Rosemary Begonia, Hypoestis, Clivia, Orchids, Assorted Annuals, Snake Plant, Jenny Salvia, Dusty Miller, Marigold, Petunia, Dianthus, Coleus and Rubber Tree Plants.  The large blue pots were refurbished, we painted them over in blue house paint to make them look as good as new! 

New Dianthus

Take a look at all the new Dianthus growing in our garden at the moment! Dianthus is so pretty and small. Varieties we are growing include Raspberry Parfait and Clove Scented. Raspberry Parfait is definitely one of my favorite strains, the pink against the white is so vibrant and brings a breath of fresh air to any garden.  

Our Ferns

Ferns are a great way to get foliage coverage around the yard. Here are the some varieties of ferns that are growing in our yard. Varieties include Lady, Ostrich and Japanese Painted. The green color is so bright and eye-catching. Ferns are a beautiful foliage to grow in the garden and around the yard, everyone should have some!   

What’s In Bloom Early June 2015

Here’s currently what is in bloom in our garden. There are many plants including: Columbine, Snapdragons, Rhododendron, Lupine, Tree Peonies, Geum, Blueberries, Thyme, Strawberries, Spiderwort, Rose Campion, Snigle Mock Orange Shrubs, Foxglove, Lavender, Kousa Dogwood Tree, Irises, Houttania, Hens and Chicks, Euonymous Lilac, Painted Daisies, Double Mock Orange, Knockout Rose, Our Vegetable Garden, Marigolds, Gerber Daisies, Dusty Millar Hosta, Blue Mist Hydrangea Shrub, Snowmound Spirea and Azalea. 

May 7th, 2015

Beautiful flowers are in bloom in our yard at the moment! We have many different types of flowers including English Daisy (Bellis), Our Spring Bed which has Betty Boo Dwarf Iris, Inky Dink Iris, Double Cowslip Primrose, Basket of Gold which is a perennial allysum, Spice Bush Vibernum, Tulips, Daffodils and Creeping Phlox. In our Mailbox Bed we have hostas. In our yard we also have Asiatic Lilies, Tulips, Iris, more Daffodils, Chierianthus (Wallflowers), Foxglove (from last year seedlings), a cool variety of daffodil which is white with an orange center, and we also have Chinese Dunce Caps (Orostachys iwarenge.)

Blue and Gold Spring Bed

This bed located in our backyard, right by the back door where I can see these bulbs all the time.. Some of the flowers include Cowslip Primrose, Basket of Gold Allysum, Powder Blue Mini Hyacinths (Valerie Finnis) Muscari, and dwarf iris. I love how the colors look next to each other. So cheerful this time of year.

Our Bleeding Hearts

Here is a collection of photos of our Bleeding Heart plants from this season. I love the bright pink color at the top of the flower. I think they are so pretty and quaint. Bleeding hearts are such a great plant to have around the garden for pops of color, there is also varietals that come in white. 

What’s in bloom for May

Take a look at what’s growing in our yard at the moment. All the colors are so beautiful and vibrant. The flowers blooming this month include Johnny Jump Ups, Yellow Tulips, Red Double Tulips, Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles), A pathway made of Thyme, A Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Callery Pear Tree (Pyrus calleryana), Purple Tulips, Weeping Cherry Tree, Orange frittalaria, Japanese Andromeda (pieris) and Creeping Phlox. I said it last month, and I will say it again– this is by far my favorite time of the year!

Our Flowering Quince

Here’s a few photos of the flowering quince on the corner of our property. It was here when we bought the house, and has been growing ever since! I think it’s got to be at least 75 years old, maybe as old as 90. It’s a painful plant however, from its long sharp thorns. Also it does not produce the quince fruit, it just flowers– which isn’t a bad thing! I have hacked it down many times, but it always come back with a vengence.

Our Daffodil Beds for April

Here are the beds in the front and on the side of the house that contain our beautiful Daffodils. We have so many Daffodils that our yard is a sea of yellow in the springtime. The only downside to having so many of these flowers, is fighting off the squirrels from stealing our bulbs.

What’s in bloom for late April

Here’s what is blooming in our yard during late April. I love this time of the year– every day something new is coming up from the ground! Some of the flowers blooming include Daffodils, Flowering Quince, Yellow Epimedium, White Rock Cress, Small Spirea, Coral Bells (Heuchera) and Creeping Sedum, Bleeding Hearts, Forsytheia and Vinca Vine. The Bleeding Hearts are so cute! 

Pop Art Zinnia

Early June 2014

Many flowers are blooming in our garden right now. Some of the beautiful plants include Hymenocallis Lilies, Lavender, Pop Art Zinnias, Double and Single Shasta Daisies, Asiatic Lilies, A bed of Hostas, Closed Lilies, Everlasting Sweet Pea, Threadleaf Coreopsis, Stewartia Tree (Pseudo Camellia), Spurge, Clematis Jackmanii, Sweet William, Peas and Carnations (dianthus.) The color on the Everlasting Sweet Peas is so cute! The pink is so bright and catches the eye. 


May 2014 Blooms

May 2014 Blooms

Early and Mid May in the backyard. Some of the flowers include Our Spring Bed, Bleeding Hearts, Dwarf Hostas, White Lunaria (Silver Dollar Plant) with Epimedium, Basket of Gold, Epimedium Bloom, Sedums, Moss Path with Irish and Scotch Moss and Bridal Wreath Spirea, Cherokee Princess (Dogwood), Hostas with Pulmonaria, Raspberry Epimedium, Creeping Phlox, Thundercloud Plum, Holland Tulips and Phlox, Viburnum, Thyme Path with Grape Hyacinths and Lavender, Standard Lilac, Wind Flower Anemone, Hellebore a Lenten Rose, Spice Bush Viburnum Carlesii, Dwarf Iris, Dianthus with Peanuts in the Vegetable Garden, Lavender and Jingle Shells, Gold Bar Miscantus Grass, Ruby Tears Weeping Cranberry Tree and Silvestri Anemone.


September 27, 2013

Here in our garden, during late September, we have many plants blooming including Mexican Sunflower (tithonia), Watermelon, Peanuts, Japanese Anemones, Thai Dragon Peppers, Cleomes, Cannas, Strawflower, Purple Aster, Blue Mink Ageratum, Porcelain Berry, Beauty Berry, Pineapple (because why not?), Zinnas and Marigolds. Everything is growing so nicely. All the different colors are so pleasing to the eye.

September 13, 2013

Early September brings many flowers into bloom. Some flowers in our yard include Beauty Berry, Ageratum, Turtlehead, Autumn Joy and Dark Red Sedums, Love Lies Bleeding  (Amaranth), Guara, Anemones, Perennial Fuschia, Osteospermum (African Daisies), tuberose and a fun mystery plant from Purple Nancy.

UPDATE: The mystery plant is called Talinum. Thanks to Margie Potash for identifying this plant for me! This particular variety is called: Talinum paniculatum ‘Limon’



August 30, 2013

Late August brings bright and beautiful flowers. Some of the flowers in bloom include Hydrangea, Russian Sage, Ruby Glow Sedum, White Rose of Sharon, Lavender Chiffon Rose of Sharon, Japanese Anemones and Pink Anemones, and also Red Sunflowers. Everything is growing so great, I like that most of the flowers are in shades of pink! 

August 19, 2013

Mid-August brings beautiful flowers, vegetables and fruit. Plants in bloom include Kousa Dogwood, Double Purple Datura, Limelight Hydrangeas, Fuschia, Purple Hyacinth Bean Vine, Blueberries, Cucumbers, Cherry and Grape Tomatoes, Watermelon, Cannas and Gaillardia Razzle Dazzle. Look at this wonderful picture we got of the bee on our flowers as well- such a great moment to capture! 

August 2, 2013

The beginning of August brings in many plants. Some that are blooming for us including Shrimp Plant, Purple Coneflowers, Rudbeckia, Perennial Fuschia, Limelight Hydrangea (a tree form), Lavender Chiffon Rose of Sharon, Blueberries, Angel Earrings Fuschia, Dwarf Butterfly Bush, Cleomes, Portulaca, Daisies, Cannas, Geraniums, and Gerber Daisies. All the colors are so bright and beautiful! 

July 12, 2013

There are many flowers in bloom in mid-June in our yard. They include Angel Wing Begonia, Snake Plant, Meyer Lemon, Giant Yellow Daylilies, White Echinacea, Threadleaf Coreopsis in sunbeam and moonbeam varieties, Saint John’s Wort, Sedum blooms, Dwarf Hosta, Giant Yucca, Red Magic Daylily, Purple Balloon flowers, Fuschia Ricartonii (perennial!!), Hens and Chicks, Creeping Sedums, Larkspur, Strawflowers, Geranium, Cleome, Celosia, Gaillardia Razzle Dazzle, Gazanias, and Pink Petunias, Purple Passion and Lobelia in Hanging Baskets on the front porch.

June 28, 2013

Late June brings in a lot of blooms. Here are photos of some of the lovely flowers growing in our yard at the moment. They include Geranium Splish Splash, Dwarf White Astilbe, Pink Astilbe, Deep Pink Asiatic Lilies, Shasta Daisies, White Coneflower Echinacea, Pale Orange Asiatic Lilies, Bright White Lilies, Korean Hydrangea, Pink and Blue Hydrangea, Nikko Blue Hydrangeas, Bright Red Asiatic Lilies, Evening Primrose, Creeping Sedum, Stella Doro Daylilies, Honeysuckle, Threadleaf Coreopsis, Stewartia, Hostas and Forget Me Nots.

June 19, 2013

Mid-June has many flowers blooming our garden. Some of the flowers include Asiatic Lilies, Stella Doro Dayilies, Shasta Daisies, Creeping Jenny, Hinoki Cyprus, Evening Primrose, Everlasting Sweet Pea, Lemon Yellow Coreopsis, Pink Dianthus, Dwarf Iris, Thyme, Lavender, Amelanchier (serviceberry tree), Dwarf Euonymous, Loyalist Hosta, Viburnum Kilimanjaro, Stiletto Dwarf Hosta, Brilliant Red Caladium, Geranium, Blueberries, Daffodils, Blue Hydrangea, Jackmanii Clematis, Houttuynia Cordata (chameleon plant), Plum Tomatoes, Rose Campion, and Brown Eyed Susans.

June 14, 2013

Many flowers are currently in bloom in our garden. Some of our favorites that are growing at the moment include Asiatic Lilies, Thyme, Strawberry Parfait Dianthus, Purple Coneflower, Lance Leaf Coreopsis, Clematis, Silvestri Anemone, Bleeding Hearts, Kiwi, Lettuce, Strawberries, and Knockout Rose. All the greenery is so beautiful, everything is so lush and lovely! 


June 10, 2013

Start of the deep summer blooms are beginning to show up. Some of the flowers growing are Bridal Veil Spiraea, Mock Orange Tree, Double Mock Orange Tree, Aztec Sunset Zinnia, White Snapdragon, Lavender, Hyacinth, Hosta, Volunteer Snapdragons, Crabapple Ruby Tears, Rose Campion blooms, Cannas, Gazania, Portulaca, Allysum, Lobelia, Geraniums, Rosemary, Tuberose Blubs, Ranunculus, and Kousa Dogwood.


May 31, 2013

A lot of bright colors are popping out with the start of the summer in our yard. Flowers blooming in our garden include Pink Peonies, Pale Purple Lilacs, Sweet William in hot pink, pale pink and white, Yellow Siberian Iris, Pink and Red Pyrethrum (painted daisies), Dark Red Oxalis, Strawberries, Red California Poppies, and Foxglove (digitalis). All the colors are so beautiful! 


May 24, 2013

Many flowers are in bloom, bringing many bright colors. The plants blooming in our garden are Pink Petunias, Blue Lobelia, Coleus, Lobelia, Kous aDogwood, Jade Red Weigela, Lily of the Valley, Pink Azaleas, Giant White Irises, Carnival Weigela, Dark Purple Columbines, Dwarf Sedums, Red Rhodoendrum, A field of Sweet William, Cannas, Pink Pyrethrum, White Lunaria, Snapdragon, Spiderwort, Pink Carnations, Bachelors Buttons, and Scotch Broom.


May 17, 2013

There are many flowers blooming in the garden. They include Euphorbia, Reticulated Iris, Sweet Woodruff, Jade Red Weigela, Purple Iris, Columbine, Wood Hyacinths, Josee Lilac, Sensation Lilac, Spiderwort, Pansies, Geum, Lily of the Valley, Blueberries, Light Green and Dark Green Moss, Violas, Rhododendron, Lumaria, Peony Buds, Woodland Hyacinth, Asparagus, Leatherleaf, Pink Azalea, Doublefile Viburnum tomentosum, and Ostrich Fern.

May 8, 2013

The start of May brings a bunch of new flowers blooming in the yard, including Ruby Tears Weeping Crabapple, Spice Bush Viburnum (My favorite scent!!), thundercloud plum, Ajuga, Basket of Gold allysum, white Lilac, Lilac Josee’s delicate Dwarf flowers, Geum, and Standard Lilac. All the colors are so vibrant and beautiful, and the scent is to-die-for!