I was recently asked how we choose the varieties of plants we grow. So I thought I’d share how we determine who’s a Hit and who’s a Miss. The average gardener’s mailbox starts filling up with loads of seed catalogs in early January. When you grow plants for a living you can multiply that number… Read More.
The first tree swallows returned today! In our house it’s akin to the anticipation before Christmas day…. minus the stress. While you can count on Christmas always returning on December 25th, the tree swallows don’t give us an exact date. It just makes our anticipation all the more exciting. In early March we start watching… Read More.
Peonies still take my breath away every spring! Despite their sweet and delicate appearance, peonies are one of the hardiest perennials you can grow. They don’t have a huge amount of rules for success, just give them plenty of sun, well drained soil, and a bit of organic fertilizer and they’ll reward you with blooms… Read More.
With Valentine’s day here I was thinking about how many flowers refer to love or to the the heart in their names. If you ask me the Victorians took it too an extreme with the whole language of flowers thing. Each flower had a specific meaning you were trying to communicate to the person you… Read More.
This is a super yummy salad that’s been a family favorite for years. We love Mayo, but if you don’t you could top with something else. Layered Pea Salad Print Prep time 20 mins Total time 20 mins Author: Shannon Recipe type: Salad Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 1 head leaf lettuce 3 cups… Read More.
Whenever I get excited about something I guess I tend to talk about it a lot. I just can’t help it, it’s who I am. Apparently this was the case with my new found love for Poblano peppers this past year. We’ve grown many different peppers over the years, but somehow missed trying Poblanos till… Read More.
Arugula and Roasted Beet Salad Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 30 mins Total time 45 mins Author: Shannon Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 2-3 fresh beets fresh arugula leaves olive or grape seed oil your favorite vinaigrette chives chopped and roasted nuts goat cheese Instructions Wash beets and trim ends. Place… Read More.
Pasta Fresca Print My friend Mo travels to Alba, Italy every few years & brings me back seeds of San Marzano tomatoes & a few different peppers. She is a great gardener, as well as, an amazing cook & was willing to share the following recipes with me. Thanks Mo! Author: Shannon Recipe… Read More.
I got this recipe from my lovely sister-in-law, Lisa a few years ago & have been making it ever since. A great way to use up all that zucchini! Ingredients 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup oil 2 eggs beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup milk 1 3/4 cups sugar 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 2 1/2 cups flour 1… Read More.
I’m always on the lookout for a plant that is different & will stand out in my garden. I came across ‘Euphorbia characias wulfenii’ at a greenhouse that sadly, was going out of business. I knew it was a Euphorbia of some kind but none of the employees could tell me which variety. I think… Read More.