Strawberry Growing Tips

Rhonda Fleming HayesIf we always took care of our plants with the thought their success might win us an iPad, I wonder what our gardens would look like! Make sure to leave a comment (VOTE) if you find this post helpful or inspiring or you think I could really do some great garden blogging with a shiny new iPad!...more

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: August 15, 2011

Rhonda Fleming HayesI'm doing it a little differently this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. It's always tempting to go in tight for the beauty shot. Maybe a little macro.This time I'm including more long shots so it's like a real garden tour. You'll get a better sense of this garden I'm trying to make my own out in the woods, water and wetlands of Minnesota.Read more at

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: October 15

Rhonda Fleming Hayes October 15 is a busy day...Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, Blog Action Day 2010...and National Grouch Day. However there's nothing to be grouchy about in the garden. I can think of many other g-words to describe it,  like great, glorious, gorgeous, and gratifying. See all the beautiful photos at The Garden Buzz.  ...more

Blog Action Day 2010:WATER

Rhonda Fleming Hayes Bloggers all over the world are writing about our most precious resource for Blog Action Day 2010. For my contribution I've compiled a list of 5 easy ways to conserve water in your garden. Read all about it at The Garden Buzz ...more

Pumpkin Palooza: Great Ideas for Decorating with Pumpkins

Rhonda Fleming Hayes The great pumpkin shortage is history. According to reliable sources the pumpkin panic of '09 is over. Indeed there seems to be a plethora of pumpkins this year. Good news ot gardeners looking to decorate their yardens with one last hurrah of autumn splendor. Check out the great ideas I found at the Dallas Arboretum. See it at

Invincibelle Spirit Hydrangea: Shabby Chic With a Good Heart

Rhonda Fleming Hayes The time had come for a pink hydrangea that blooms just like Annabelle, always fresh looking and ever dependable, blooming profusely until frost. Supporting the cause for breast cancer research, a dollar of the purchase price of every Invincibelle Spirit goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Two reason to try this beautiful bloomer. Read the rest at The Garden Buzz...more

Lean on Me: Emergency First Aid for a Favorite Plant

Rhonda Fleming Hayes If you're a regular reader, you know I have a soft spot in my heart for self-sowing plants. With more chutzpah than hubris they are the little plants that could. Take my Thalictrum or Meadow Rue; I point him out in the garden like a proud mom pushes forward a gawky child. Imagine my horror when a recent rainstorm nearly snapped his only, slender stem in half.... Read the rest at The Garden Buzz  ...more

Incrediball: The Hydrangea from the Big and Tall Shop

Rhonda Fleming Hayes It's been called the "Annabelle on steroids". This is one big hydrangea. If you don't believe me when I say these blooms are huge, behold the hand-to-hydrangea comparison in the photo. My hands are not delicate and dainty, yet they are not quite hams. I like to think of them as sturdy Dutch peasant hands that slipped though the DNA from my paternal great grandparents....more

One (Wo)Man's Mulch is Another (Wo)Man's Treasure

Rhonda Fleming Hayes Mulch is on my mind right now. Knowing that one middle-aged, menopausal woman can only do so much, I enlisted help to mulch the entire property for the garden tour....more

A Sneaky Snapdragon and Other Serendipitous Plants

Rhonda Fleming Hayes I didn't even notice the snapdragon until it was almost ready to bloom. There behind the winterberry bush a scattered seed had germinated and flourished un-tended and unintended. Suddenly stalks of delicate pink pockets of flowers arose from behind the informal hedge as if to say, "Ha-ha, look at me, you're not totally in charge of this garden". Read more about these accidental plants and floriferous garden party crashers at The Garden Buzz  ...more