Summer

15 Tips for a Fun Indoor Camping Party & Free Printables

Indoor Camping Party

We love to camp at our house, but sometimes it’s hard to find the time to get away for a real camping weekend or the weather just won’t allow it. For times like this, the kids can still have a lot of fun by having an indoor camping party.  It is really just a matter of…

Daylily Photo Gallery

Daylily photo gallery

If you are fond of growing perennials, you really should try daylilies. They are one of my favorite perennials. There is such a variety of bloom style, color and temperament. and they are very easy to grow. There are so many types that it is hard to know what you have in your garden. This…

18 Best Hardy Perennials that Come Back Year after Year

Best cold hardy perennials

There are many types of perennials, from tender types, which need to be grown in the southern part of the USA, to very hardy perennials that keep coming back after a freezing winter outside. Budget conscious gardeners have a very good friend when they turn to growing perennials. What is not to like about a…

13 Tips for Growing Liatris – Attract Bees like a Magnet!

Bees and butterflies love liatris

If you want to attract both butterflies and bees to your garden this year, try growing liatris. This perennial corm flowers in mid summer with a blast of flowers that are a magnet for them. I have 10 garden beds around my home and I’m always interested in growing perennials of all types since they come…

10 Easy Ways to Control Squash Bugs for Pest-free Gardens

Controlling Squash bugs

Trying to control squash bugs can seem an insurmountable task when you find them in your vegetable garden. These bugs can do a huge amount of damage, particularly to young plants. These 10 easy tips will keep your garden pest-free. Take charge and get rid of these destructive pests for good. Last summer I had…

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars – Healthy Whole Wheat Oatmeal Bar

oatmeal strawberry bars

These strawberry oatmeal bars have a luscious fresh strawberry center that sits on a whole wheat pastry flour base and is topped with a buttery streusel crumble.  They are the perfect way to make use of fresh strawberries that are so plentiful right now. Every year, about this time, I come back from the Farmer’s…

How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden

Hummingbird feeding

There is nothing quite like the sight of hummingbirds around a feeder, fluttering their wings the way only hummingbirds seem to do. For me, it is sort of a sign that summer is really in full steam.  If you want to attract hummingbirds to your garden, there are a few things that you should keep in mind…

Chocolate Watermelon Popsicles

Bowl of strawberry chocolate pops on ice

Summer is here and the eating is easy – and so are these Chocolate Watermelon Popsicles. They are creamy and crunchy and super sweet from the fresh summer watermelon. There are many types of watermelons you may not have heard about. You could even switch up this recipe by using a different one than the…

Garden Tour – See What is Blooming in July

Summer garden tour

It’s time for this week’s garden tour.  I love July in my summer garden.  The color is amazing and there seems to be something new for me each day as I wander around my garden beds.  This week’s garden tour One of my favorite times of the day is when I go outside and walk…

Cold Summer Desserts to Beat the Heat

Frozen desserts

When the summer heats up, I go looking through my recipes of cold summer desserts.  There is nothing like a frozen bowl or stick of something to cool me down when the temps are in the 90s. Beat the Heat with these Cold Summer Desserts Root beer floats, summer cocktails, frozen fruit and ice cream…

Growing Hollyhocks – A Traditional Cottage Garden Favorite-

Hollyhocks

If you love perennial plants with a long blooming season, you will likely have a fondness for growing hollyhocks. This lovely perennial is a popular garden favorite that flowers throughout most of the summer months. Hollyhocks (Puccinia malvacearum) are often found in cottage gardens.  They make a great background plant for shorter perennials and come in…

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Pops

Strawberry frozen yogurt popsicle

These strawberry frozen yogurt pops are a fun and easy way to beat the heat when the temps are rising and you want a cold dessert to cool down.  They have a rich red color and are not overly sweet. The taste is summer time fresh! Fresh strawberries make such a great addition to desserts.…

Balloon Flower – Tips for Growing Platycodon grandiflorus

Platycodon grandiflorus is also known as Balloon flower

Balloon Flower, or Platycodon grandiflorus, is also known as Chinese Bell flower. The common names of this pretty perennial plant come from the plump found flower buds that resemble hot air balloons or Chinese lanterns before they open. Growing Balloon Flower Perennial This hardy and easy care perennial is one of my favorite summer blooming perennials. The…

Paleo Grilled Pork Chops

Paleo grilled pork chops

These Paleo Grilled Pork Chops have an amazing flavor that comes from a marinade before cooking and a sauce that gets added once the chops are grilled. The recipe is summer time cooking at it’s finest. It is one of my favorite gluten free 30 minute meals! This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias,…

Add A Blast of Sunshine with Yellow Flowers for Water a Flower Day

Yellow Flowers

Nothing quite brightens a mood like cheerful yellow flowers.  There are loads of annuals and perennials that bring this bright splash of color to your garden. The contrast of the cheerful color against the green leaves makes a fabulous play in a garden bed. Did you know that May 30 is Water a Flower Day? …

Start Seeing Monarchs the First Saturday in May

Colorful Monarch Butterflies

The first Saturday in May is marked National Start Seeing Monarchs Day. What an appropriate national day for this time of the year!  Have you seen any monarch butterflies in your yard this year?  I’ve been seeing them in my garden for a few weeks This day was chosen to raise people’s awareness of the…

Astilbe Companion Plants – What to Grow with Astilbe

Companion plants for astilbe

Astilbe is a gorgeous perennial that is right at home in a shady moist garden.  You can grow it alone, but a well designed garden looks better with more than just one type of plant. These astilbe companion plants like the same moisture and light conditions and will make a beautifully coordinated garden bed. Selecting companion…

Natural Ant Killer Remedies

Effective, Natural Ant Killer Remedies

I am so looking forward to the return of warm weather. With the sunny days come flowers, gardening and time spent outdoors.  Unfortunately, with the warm weather also come ants! These natural ant killer remedies will help to control the ants in your home in a non toxic way. It is fun for kids to…

Creative Metal Yard Art – Bugs – Flowers – Critters

Metal yard art daisy

Decorating your yard with creative metal yard art can add a wonderful touch of whimsy to your outdoor garden space! I recently spent a week in a lovely cottage in the mountains of North Carolina.  It was a great get away with my husband, daughter and her boyfriend. We spent the time driving around the…

Tips for Growing Heirloom Seeds

Tips for growing heirloom seeds

Thank you EcoFarms for sponsoring this vegetable gardening post. All opinions are mine.  #ecofarmsonline. It’s time to learn about growing heirloom seeds! Heirloom vegetable seeds have so much going for them.  They end up giving you plants that you can’t go to a big box store and buy, they cost less than hybrid vegetables and…

Double Dark Chocolate Ice Cream – Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan

Double dark chocolate ice cream

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KashiPlantPower #GOTOGETHER #CollectiveBias It’s time to make some Double Dark Chocolate Ice Cream – Vegan Style! Enjoy the days of summer with this double dark chocolate ice cream. The warm summer months are the time for a big…

My Favorite Daylilies – A Garden Tour

Banana Boogiebait Daylily

When it comes to versatility, blossoms and easy of care, very few perennials can match daylilies.   They give a magnificent show of flowers, sometimes more than once during the summer season, can be managed by inexperienced gardeners and multiply like crazy to give more plants as the seasons progress. I thought it would be…

The White Garden – Raleigh Botanical Gardens

This white gazebo is a perfect place to sit and admire the white garden in Raleigh

The JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh is a wonderful place to spend a day.   We recently had visitors from the UK who are gardeners, so we took them for a visit. One of my favorite parts of the gardens is The White Garden.  It has a plethora of white annuals, perennials and bulbs growing.  There is…