Tag Archives: Flower

Feeding the Bees

In the spring before the flowers start to open and in the fall when the flowers are closing for the season, you have to feed your bees.  Yep, I feed my bees, Liz feeds her bees.  If you are a beekeeper most likely this time of year you have purchased a big bag of sugar […]

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Making a Herb Swag

A week ago I went with my friends Janet and Nicole to an evening class where you were taught by a local florist in their shop how to make arrangements, while incorporate fruits and vegetables.  We had a great time, learned a few tricks and afterwards we went and celebrated our beautiful creations over sushi […]

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Seed Gathering Saving

I never thought to collect my own seeds until my sister showed me how.  It was years ago, she was in town visiting and we had decided to take the kids to a local amusement park.  The park had several beautiful flower beds with hundreds of perennial flowers in full bloom.  She saw a flower […]

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Japanese Anemone

I saw a photo of a Japanese Anemone in a magazine years ago, and fell in love.  Now I have a garden full of these beauties.  I truly fine them lovely and can’t stop taking photos.  Their clusters of unopened silver-furred buds are just as enchanting as their soft five petal blooms. One of their […]

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Garden’s Are Showing End of Season Blooms

Usually about this time, I am pretty fed up with the garden.  The blooms are fading and the produce is flowing, which means I am in the kitchen canning.  On top of it I usually dread the kids going back to school.  I know what your thinking… WHAT!   However, my boys are either out […]

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Colony Cycle of the Hive

Beekeeping follows seasonal cycles.   Last time Liz and I opened the hive, Liz gave me a quick tutorial on the seasons of the hive. Here in Cincinnati the yearly colony cycle can be broken into four seasons: Spring-build-up Late Spring & Early Summer– honey flow Late Summer-Dearth Fall– honey flow The flowering of plants […]

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Kindness Caused me to Fall in Love with the ‘Daylily’

My father has a friend that he knew through his work that as a child I knew as “Boots”.  I still to this day do not know his true name, because I have never heard him called or referred to as anything else. Though I have not seen him in years, my father still corresponds […]

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What’s Soft, Fuzzy, and Silver Green All Over? Lamb’s Ears

With leaves the shape, size and plushness of Lamb’s Ears (Stachys byzantina), one look at this plant and its obvious how it got its name. It is native to Northern Turkey, the Southern Caucasus  Mountain region and  Southern Iran where it grows on rocky hills and scrub areas. In other words, it is a weed. I […]

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A Love Affair?

Once upon a time their was a beautiful “Peony” who met and fell in love with an Ant.  Not really the stuff of fairytale’s now is it?  But if you have ever watched the ants on the top of an unopened Peony flower you just know they are so in love and devoted to the […]

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Shasta Daisies Everywhere!

When we moved into this house there was a flower bed in the back that was in a shady part of the yard where a clump of Shasta Daisies grew and not very well! That summer I put in a long Naturalizing bed where I could transplant existing plants, divisions and anything else that tickled […]

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