Boulders for Christmas, aka Back 40 revamp, phase 1

 Along with boulders, dirt and compost, yours truly got these lovely coral Japanese maples for Chris...more

It's Called Hard Work for a Reason

It's Called Hard Work for a ReasonIt isn't ever delicate to live.  ~Kay Ryan...more

Landscaping is the best workout ever.

I am STILL sore from this weekend. STILL. My right elbow and left knee hate me. I had some kind of allergic reaction to fresh mulch and have an absolutely lovely rash running down each of my legs. My abs feel like they should be toned and defined {even though they are absolutely, positively not}. What did we do, you ask? Why, we landscaped our yard!...Continue reading at The Mommyhood Project...more

Clearly I Need To Learn To Weld

This morning I spent some time at my local bank. Although I had the huge urge, I didn't roll around in the piles of cash the bank keeps in its vault.(FYI: The bank frowns upon this. Don't ask me how I know. I just know, okay?)...more

Easy DIY Vegetable Garden

I try to plant at least two tomato plants in my backyard every year so my husband and I can enjoy tomatoes anytime we want. This year, I did the same but also added to the vegetable garden. ...more
Your hostas look beautiful! They are one of my favorite plants! And I'm hoping mine will come ...more

Shrubbery Sculpting

We bought our house two years ago, so this is the third summer we will be living on our 20 little acres in the country.  Like moving to every other house we’ve bought, it takes time to settle in and get things done....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

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