Wedding flowers


It’s my anniversary. I was married September 5, 1981. The ceremony was at my grandma’s church. The reception in my parent’s backyard. And the dance was at the local country club. I wore white and carried a bouquet of white, blue and yellow blossoms. Continue reading

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Buying Ladybugs


dsc_2487So this is the last in my series of articles on ladybugs this summer. First I talked about why ladybugs are a good idea in your garden and described their entomology. Then I shared some fun trivia and stories about them. And just a few weeks ago I shared my research on building a garden that would attract ladybugs. Continue reading

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Tomato Recipes, Now that They’re Getting Ripe


Tomatoes-on-vineHerbed Tomatoes

3 TBL olive oil
2 tsp minced garlic
4 Cups cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
2 tsp chopped fresh basil Continue reading

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Glow-in-the-Dark Garden Lighting


Enjoying the gardens and landscape well into the night is always a challenge as it gets dark. Yes I have solar lights and path lights here and there, but here a few less typical ideas to extend your evening. Continue reading

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Building a Ladybug Friendly Garden


gift_gab-lady_bug4To build a garden that attracts ladybugs, you need to have more than lots of nasty aphids. Besides eating aphids, lady beetles depend on pollen as a food source and seek certain types of flowering plants. Most of their favorites are super easy to grow in Wisconsin and are a pretty addition to a flower or vegetable bed. Continue reading

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Growing Your Own Salad


edibles-lettuce-lThis blog article makes me a little nervous because typically I research and make sure I know the ins-and-outs of any gardening advice or know-how I pass on my thoughts. This is a case where I was feeling like growing lettuce and it worked… and it was easy, so I’ll share what I did. Continue reading

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Which daylilies should I add to my garden?


Aren’t daylilies the best? From the orange ditch lilies in front of every farmhouse in Wisconsin to the beauties cultivated by the Wisconsin Daylily Society, I love them all.

Easy to grow. Easy to maintain. And so many choices. I’d love to get your input on what to add to my gardens this year. Continue reading

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