picture of bee on flower

Bees


Flowers need bees and bees need flowers, a beautiful symbiotic relationship that has endured throughout the ages. For as long as we know pollinators have come to the flowers in search or nectar and pollen and in the process of feeding, they pollinate the flowers and thus ensure the plants' and their own continuation. The…

picture of plants in April

Spring cleaning


Spring cleaning has been in my bones since I was a little girl, helping my mom drag the old carpets outside to give it a good flogging with the 'mattenklopper' (carpet beater). I loved that job! I was not always particularly helpful with the way I used the devise (my family will tell) however there…

picture of seedtrays

March is for seeds.


For me the best time of the year is right now. March takes me inside my tiny but wonderful little greenhouse and I plant hundreds of seeds. The system I improvised is set up with rope lights, fastened with twisty ties under a repurposed office ceiling grit, found at the Rebuilding Center at 3625 N…

Petal Passion’s design in Fresh from the Field wedding flower guide.


Local & seasonal flowers continue to be the hottest trend in the floral industry—check out this new book, Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers which featured designs by Petal Passion. http://freshfromthefieldweddings.com/ Interested in using bulk flowers from Petal Passion for a DIY wedding or special event? Be sure to get a copy of Fresh from…

Bloom’n Lilies


Last fall I knew I needed to move my lilies so I dug them up and put them in a washtub for the winter.  The washtub had loose soil that was a nice combination of top soil and peat.  I added organic matter to nourish them throughout the winter and watered them every now and…

picture of garden bed covered in leaves

Soggy Leaves – Less Weeds


April 22, 2013  SOGGY LEAVES – LESS WEEDS Growing flowers for beautiful bouquets is a year long commitment.  Success requires a huge dose of  “if ‘x’ then ‘y’.” This is especially true in the fall when gardens need to be “put to bed” for the winter.  If beds stay uncovered all winter the gardener is…