The Thankful Jar

It is the season of thanks, a time when we stop and reflect on what we are grateful for in our lives. It is normally a time to gather with family and friends and let them know how much we appreciate them. Only this year, it is different. On the surface, it may seem difficult …

Winged Visitors

Floating gracefully on the breeze, like a ballerina swaying to nature's tune, a spot of brilliant color shines against the bright blue sky.  I watch, mesmerized, as the graceful dancer flits to and fro with its dance partner and hold my breath as the finale unfolds.  The petals of a flower await, like a stage …

The Scoop on Pumpkins

Happy Halloween! One of my favorite holidays, Halloween, elicits fond memories from my childhood and as a parent passing down the holiday's traditions. Costumes, candy, and creativity go hand-in-hand with this holiday, along with images of ghosts, witches, and vampires. However, perhaps there is no more iconic symbol of Halloween than the jack-o-lantern. Carving pumpkins …

Plant Spotlight: Coleus

Flowers or foliage? The importance of each has been debated persistently over the years by gardeners near and far. Some adamantly rally behind flowers, pointing out their benefit to pollinators and ultimate beauty. No plant dare set root in their gardens unless they are adorned with ornamental blooms, as flowers should always be the star …

Putting up the Harvest

The weather is getting cooler here in zone 5, and the leaves are starting to show signs of change. Like dazzling dancers dressed in red, orange, and yellow costumes, they prepare to put on their show. This will be their final act, a brilliant extravaganza of color before the curtain falls, and winter enters the …