Bloom Thyme Friday: Garden Blogger Mecca

P. Allen Smith has created Mecca for garden bloggers … GARDEN 2 BLOG.

A place for information, inspiration, refreshment, education and community! All in one of the most beautiful places on earth — his Moss Mountain home. Take a look here!

There are so many highlights of this beautiful retreat, but I can honestly tell you that I can’t wait for my return visit to Allen’s beautiful rose garden. Allen is a true lover of roses and is committed to a beautiful AND sustainable rose garden.  See the pictures here.

Allen is a gracious host and garden friend. Here is what he says of his Moss Mountain Retreat…

For several years now I have been touting the idea of the Garden Home, a place that blurs the lines between indoors and out. It is my belief that a Garden Home is not just about beautifying our surroundings or extending our living space; it also helps us stay close to the earth and reminds us to be good stewards of our environment.

The Garden Home is about living life at its natural best. I believe we can create a stylish lifestyle in keeping with the tradition of the past, while taking full advantage of modern innovations and still be good stewards of the earth.

I am honored to be invited for a return visit to Garden 2 Blog. I am looking forward to seeing all the changes to Moss Mountain, visiting with so many special friends and meeting new friends! A wonderful group to learn and grow with!


Many sponsors of garden/home related products are a part of making this special event happen and will join us to share the latest and greatest from their world. I’ll keep you updated!

 The best of the best from the world of gardening..
    • Proven Winners
    • Berry Family of Nurseries
    • Bonnie Plants
    • Laguna Ponds
    • Jobe’s Organics
    • Troy Bilt
    • Flexilla
    • Heritage Seeds
    • Wild Bird Feeds
    • Le Creuset


A part of Garden 2 Blog is fun garden projects. Our first project started last week with a video “throw down” for Jobe’s Organics. Jobe’s sent us all the “ingredients” for a container garden of our choice.

Here’s my video…


This picture gallery will give you a glimpse of Garden 2 Blog 2013…

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I  hope things are going well in your world this week. Leave a comment and let me know what’s going on in your garden!

Bloom Thyme Friday


Bloom Thyme Friday: Food for Thought

To keep your roses and other plants happily blooming for an entire season they need lots of sunshine, a consistent amount of water and regular doses of nutritional food! This year it’s all organic fertilizers for me. I know there are a ton of products out there, but here’s what I plan to use…

For my Roses

Alfalfa Tea for Roses ONLY
I plan to jumpstart the rose growing season with a one-time feeding of Haven Brand’s Alfalfa Tea. For more information or to order … click here.

Magic for Roses…
I love the word MAGIC when talking about caring for my roses! This year I’m using Mills Magic Rose Mix — a 100% natural product formulated and developed by Ted Mills, accredited Consulting Rosarian and Rose Show Judge of the American Rose Society. This product is a combination of alfalfa meal, fish meal, steamed bone meal, cottonseed meal, blood meal, activated sludge and an organic compost activator. How’s that for a sweet combination of good food! For more information … click here.

For Roses, Rose Companions and Veggies…
Manure teas condition the soil, so your plants’ root systems can better absorb the nutrients needed to build strong, healthy root base. Last year I used these teas on a few of my plants and the results made a true believer of me! In 2012 all my roses, rose companions and veggies will get steeped in tea! For more information or to order … click here.

What yummy food are you giving your plants?

Some of the Roses in My Garden

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3 Bill Warriner
3 Julia Child / Coming Spring 2012
2 Flamenco / Coming Spring 2012

3 Hansa (Rugosa) / 1 Coming Spring 2012
1 Blanc Double de Coubert (Rugosa)
3 Roseraie de l’Hay (Hybrid Rugosa)
1 F. J. Grootendorst  (Hybrid Rugosa)
1 Madam Hardy (Damask)
1 Harrison Yellow (Hybrid Foetida)
1 Comte de Chambord (Portland)
1 Bourbon Queen (Bourbon)
1 Zepherine Drouhin (Bourbon)
1 Reine de Voilettes (Hybrid Perpetual)

Hybrid Teas
3 The Grand Dame / 2 Coming Spring 2012

1 Eden / Coming Spring 2012

David Austins
2 Gertrude Jekyll
1 Charlotte
1 Crocus Rose
1 Othello
1 Christopher Marlowe
1 Lady Emma Hamilton
1 Eglantine
1 Comte de Champagne


3 New Dawn
2 Red Eden
1 Lady Ashe / Coming Spring 2012

2 Amber Shrubs
1 Bonica
1 White Meidiland
30 Red Double Knockouts
3 Pink Knockouts

1 Minnie Pearl
1 Pink  Mini
1 Coral Mini

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