This is a different year for the “first flush.” Except for the Old Garden roses, the roses are having their first flush at different times due to the severity of the die back! Here are the ones that are having their “first flush” now and commanding our attention… MOTHER OF PEARL If you follow me […]

BLOOM THYME FRIDAY: Spring Excitement

One of my favorite things about Autumn is that as I tweak the garden, dividing plants, and removing undesirables etc., I get so excited for how the “new” garden will look in the Spring. She may be tired now and in need of a good layer of mulch but in the spring she will be […]


Recently we spent time in one of the most historical areas of our country. We saw so many beautiful historical sites, homes, and enjoyed many generational traditions. While there I was able to experience rose garden history as well with a visit to the rose garden at Elizabeth Park in Hartford, CT — home of […]


Garden trends for 2023 have been released and many of them are no surprise! GARDEN DESIGN MAGAZINE 2023 TRENDS More Info here. Veranda MagazinE: 6 Garden Trends for 2023… More info here. 2023 Perennial Plant of the Year Rudbeckia ‘American Gold Rush’ The Perennial Plant Association is pleased to promote Rudbeckia ‘American Gold Rush’ as […]


A couple of months ago I asked Mr. G if he would build a serving table for the deck. He looked at me and said something like, “what size do you want this potting bench to be.” I said oh no… just a serving table for food and drinks when we are eating outside. Fast […]

BLOOM THYME FRIDAY: ProGressive Beauty

Hello friends! This time of year we are all a twitter about the weather. Temps go up and temps fall down making us a wee bit crazy. No matter, Spring is coming and maybe even a bit early this year. We’ve been away for a few days and were greeted with so much beauty. POTTING […]


I don’t know about you, but things are changing quickly around here. Temps dropping by 30 degrees will do that! I talked with a friend today in Wisconsin and they are expecting their first frost this week. That was a wake-up call for me to get busy. BLOOMS GOING FOR A BIG FINISH FUN TIMES […]


This is my third year using the Winter Sowing method and I am a huge fan. It is so simple, cheap and requires sooo little time. One of the big advantages is that there is no “hardening” off process. Those tiny miracles know when to germinate and they get tough during their time in the […]

BLOOM THYME FRIDAY: Beauty in Captivity

As many of you know this summer the raccoons, ground hogs, bunnies and possums all came together in a perfect storm of destruction in parts of my garden. They used every God given “talent” they had to dig up, tunnel under, break down and nibble away so much beauty. In turn we stalked them on […]