Ilona's Garden Journal

I've been blogging since 2004, growing from my garden website started in 1998. Garden writing online has immersed me in techie stuff: learning html/css, blogging, setting up and troubleshooting blogger and wordpress. Now, I'm into the social media scene, too. If you had told me where I'd be back in '04 I wouldn't have believed it possible.

I love writing, sharing tips, finding out new information, and I still love gardening! Even though there still doesn't seem enough time in the day...  although now that my ten children are raised I thought there would be.

I believe simple good things like home cooking, a fragrant garden, and comfortable home are the best. I have firm convictions about homebirth, faith, the importance of citizenship, and standing up for what's right. But I also have been persuaded in the power of gentleness and kindness. 

I embrace my gray. Sometimes an early adopter. Sometimes Luddite. I just got an iPhoneS - it is the S part that sold me. I can now text my kids.

Garden Update And Late Starts

Every year I promise I won’t go AWOL during the main growing season of the garden. Just so I will get everything done and catch up with the past year’s neglect. but every year I manage to break those unspoken, informal vows ....more

Cottage Garden Revival

Cottage Garden Revival Cottage gardens as we know them today are a direct product of late Edwardian writers, although the style itself is much older. Old Fashioned In The Nineteenth Century During the time of Queen Victoria there was an explosion of exotic plants introduced into English gardens. The Victorians, being addicted to collecting and … Continue reading "Cottage Garden Revival" The post Cottage Garden Revival appeared first on Home Garden Companion ....more

I knew I should have taken pictures

This spring was unusually cool and full of rain. The result was a long period of spring bloom that seemed to stay fresh and picture perfect for a protracted period. I knew I should grab a camera or at least my iPhone and take some photos ....more

Why Plant A Bulb Garden?

Your Home’s Style And Type of Garden Brightened With Bulbs Whether your home is formal or informal, there are plant pictures made with flower bulbs that will enhance the look and fit with the style. They are usually very low care, and low cost. Which plan or combination will give the look you want? ...more

Fire Pit Conversations

How to bond as a family? Try some conversation starters around an open fire. The post Fire Pit Conversations appeared first on Home Garden Companion ....more

Garden Advice: Keep A Close Watch

Gardening is a very hands-on activity. A recent event brought back some of my own memories and underlined this fact. You might have read on the blog...more

Characteristics Of A Gardener

We aren’t born gardeners, though many of us are born into a gardening tradition. I was thinking over some of the lessons of a garden, and realized if one pursues growing things as an avocation or a career there are certain qualities developed over time. While no guarantee that a person will apply them in … Continue reading "Characteristics Of A Gardener" The post Characteristics Of A Gardener appeared first on Home Garden Companion ....more

Interesting Sissinghurst Video Showing Old Fashioned Techniques

“Vita’s Meadow” guides us through history using the Kent countryside and old farming tools and methods to give us a view of how things were done in “the olden days”. Before so much of the chemical and mechanized manners of making a farm or garden, there were ways that were much more friendly to … Continue reading "Interesting Sissinghurst Video Showing Old Fashioned Techniques" The post Interesting Sissinghurst Video Showing Old Fashioned Techniques appeared first on Home Garden Companion ....more

Old Fashioned Gardening

Cottage gardens and English borders are examples of “Old Fashioned Gardening”. Why say that? I think it has to do with the amount of work one is prepared to do, the need for intensive gardening techniques, and the result of an abundant all season show ....more

April in the Garden, One of the Busiest Times

A photo posted by Ilona (@ilonagarden) on Mar 30, 2016 at 11:22am PDT April is always one of the busiest times in the spring garden season. If perennials didn’t go in during March, they will definitely need to be planted during April. Getting the earliest crops of the...more