Painting the Garden

Rhonda Fleming Hayes   ...more

Spring is On the Way!

It’s been a cold snowy winter here in Kansas, but today it  was 54 degrees (#1 even went out and dug a new garden for me.. she’s cool like that).   I had a blog all planned out about Etsy stuff.. when I looked through a photo album titled “SPRING” and saw these photos I took last year....more

It's been a long time--I probaby did this back in '02 or '03.  I bought a few perennials ...more

For the Love of Compost- A Tale of Roses and Horse Manure

From botrytis blight to thrips roses get a bum rap and rightly so. They’re susceptible to all sorts of gnarly fungal diseases and house unwelcome guests. Currently, my sole Chris Evert rose bush suffers from rust. If I’m lucky I get a few blooms and efflorescence is always staggered. Hmpf. ...more

The Oscar-Worthy Garden in It's Complicated: I'd like to thank Meryl...

Rhonda Fleming Hayes It was Christmas time, not the time when one's attention turns to garden blogs. On a lark, I thought to write about the gorgeous kitchen garden in the new movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep. Who would have thought it would become the most popular post on my little seedling on a new garden blog? ...more

What Does Snowboarding Have in Common with the Burpee Garden Catalog?

Rhonda Fleming Hayes Absolutely nothing. But I was looking at them simultaneously yesterday and I thought you'd appreciate the contrast. These mogul-hopping, mop-haired daredevils were braving the brutal artic winds while these juicy, red tomatoes and gaudy, striped petunias were leaping off the page at me. I wasn't watching the Olympics in my living room, but sitting below a "mountain" in Minnesota, leafing through a catalog I found in the car, while my husband was kicking the tires on a rust-riddled "88 Beemer. ...more

Flower Power

Wishing ...more

Down and Dirty

Getting my hands dirty Welcome to the first decent weekend we've had since last October! and what do we do on decent weekends? We work in our gardens! Introducing Garden 2010 Update 1!! ...more

Ghosts of Valentine's Days Past

fThere has always been something magical about Valentine's Day for me. Not sure why...guess I'm just a hopeless romantic. Even as a child, I loved Valentine's Day... ...more

Something Old, Something New for Valentine's Day: Bleeding Hearts

Rhonda Fleming Hayes I hate to disappoint anyone. I was about to title this post with some of the quaintly descriptive names of Dicentra spectabilis, otherwise known by the tragically romantic moniker, "Old-Fashioned Bleeding Hearts". And then I remembered the unsavory search words that showed up in my referrals when I blogged about appreciating and harvesting rose hips. It seems there are some people who like Big Hips but aren't seeking out gardening advice. ...more

For the Love of Picasso