Saying Goodbye to My Gardens
This spring is a little bittersweet.  We are so happy and excited to be building our new home and yet we still love our current home where we have shared many wonderful times.  One of the things I'll really miss about this home are my gardens.   

Our current home sits in the middle of our property.  We have a large field in the front and woods in the back.  We have landscaping at the front of the house with 
shrubs and flowering bushes
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The Two Sisters
These two Rose of Sharon bushes have been growing by our driveway since we first moved in our home some 25 years ago.  My mother and my aunt each had one and they each gave me a start - the pink one from Mom and the white from Aunt Sallie Mae. 
Read more about my special bushes here.

A New Perennial in the Garden: Cardinal Flower
Last fall I added a couple of new perennials to my gardens.  One of them was a wildflower known as Cardinal Flower or Red Lobelia.  These are Missouri native perennials which typically grow in moist locations along streams, sloughs, springs, swamps and in low wooded areas.  We've had so much rain this summer, the two small starts I planted have multiplied and flourished!

Read more about my cardinal flowers here.

Tornado 2015
We've had a lot of rain these last few weeks but the storm that came through last Saturday evening was the worst! 
Read more about our damage here.

News from the Garden

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Spring Is Here!
Spring has finally sprung around here.  I've been a bit preoccupied these last few weeks and haven't felt much like writing but Spring has slowly made it's way into our neighborhood.  Here are a few photos I snapped this afternoon.
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Dutchman's Breeches
I always look forward to one of nature's first signs of Spring in Missouri's forests, Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria).  These early bloomers are so dainty and unique!  You have to be watchful, though.  They don't bloom for long.  There's a saying around here that 'when you see the Dutchman's Breeches and Dandelions blooming, the bees will be waking.' 

And so Spring begins!
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Pollinator Bird Bath

I came across this idea during Pollinator Week (June 16- 22).  I didn't realize our little friends appreciated special attention!

Bloom Where You're Planted

I love lessons from the garden!

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Ste. Genevieve Garden Walk

Several of my Master Gardener friends joined me on a beautiful garden tour in the oldest town west of the Mississippi River.

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A New Butterfly Garden and More

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My Salad Garden

 Have you seen those tub gardens from William Sonoma?  Doesn't this just look absolutely delicious?!  Growing a SALAD in a TUB!

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Nearing the End of Summer

Even with blistering temperatures last week, the garden still amazed me this morning! 


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Thank Goodness for the Garden!

Yesterday began week 2 of this weight loss adventure and I think we are settling into a rhythm. I really like to cook and all last week I felt out of my element. But after seeking out recipes on the WW website and the internet, I think I'm ready to do this.

This morning I went out to the garden. We were gone this weekend and I hadn't been there in several days. What a delicious surprise!! LOTS OF ZERO POINTS greeted me!!!

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Garden Tour

Our local Master Gardener group hosted a garden tour for it's members several weeks ago.  We visited 3 lovely, yet unique gardens.  It was so interesting to see how each of us takes the information we receive and utilizes it to our own tastes and needs.

Our group has been in existence for 2 years and we have about 30 members.  This was our first (annual) garden tour. 
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A Walk Through My Garden
  Last year's drought really stressed things in my gardens but this spring we've had relatively cool weather and ample amounts of rain.  Here's a sample of how my flowers are looking this year.

  My Stella D'oro lilies are bold and bright!


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Spring Is Almost Here
In my part of the country that's sometimes a tricky thing to predict.  Just 2 weeks ago, we had 12 inches of snow.  And last week, we enjoyed temperatures in the 70's.  I've been out and about in my yard this weekend trying to find tangible signs of the new season and  I may have just captured a few bits of evidence.

Daffodils (or Jonquils, as my mother used to call them) are blooming behind our shed. You have to know they're there to enjoy them!

Pansies from Precious Daughter.  I think there are a few violets peeking through, too.

Grape Hyacinths around the old pin oak in the front yard. 

The crab apple is starting to leaf out.  And look at that beautiful blue sky!

I've even found a little spring inside!   

Hoping you're finding a little spring in your backyard soon, too.

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