fall gardening tips

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  One of my favorite things about Fall is the chance to get out into the garden again.   TIP: Did you know that Fall is a great time to plant trees and shrubs?  As the air cools, the plant's roots dig down into the still warm earth, creating a strong root structure.   So, today, I'm sharing my new landscape design and a … [Read more...]

DIY Fern and Moss Terrarium

Hello friends!  I'm so excited to introduce you to a special guest.  Her blog  is filled with  creativity and inspiration.  The more I delved into her writing, the more I thought, "She's a perfect fit for Mrs. Hines' Class."    So, I asked her to be a monthly contributor. And if you like terrariums, you're going to love her tutorial for a DIY … [Read more...]

beautiful backyards


I love looking at other people's landscaping. So much so that I have collected inspiration on Houzz, Pinterest and Hometalk. Some of the ideas shared on Hometalk are inspiration for my own backyard designs.  Like this backyard shared by HGTV Gardens.  I love the secluded, secret garden feel of this tucked away seating area. And this garden … [Read more...]

dressing the part


Nonna was babysitting and decided to go out and work in the yard.  She called me over, "Will you get me a pair of panties?" "Ma'am?" "I need something to wear on my head to keep the sweat off of my face." My grandmother commanded respect.  So, I obediently retrieved a pair of panties from my mom's dresser drawer and brought them to … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Gardening Mom

cottage style, home decor, french country decor

How was your weekend, friends?  We went to the library for the first time in a long while on Saturday.  I checked out two books in the Debbie Macomber Cedar Cove series.  I'm looking forward to lazing on my cozy daybed and drifting off to the fictional community of Cedar Cove. But first, I have some gardening to do.  I was super thrilled … [Read more...]

garden design and landscaping tutorial

how to plant flowers, garden design, landscaping, plant hardiness zones

It's the first day of Spring!  To celebrate, I'm going to share the gardening process from planning to planting.  Let's get right to it! First, know your hardiness zone.  This information will tell you which plants will thrive in your climate conditions.  To find your hardiness zone, visit this site and enter your zip code. How much sun does … [Read more...]

how does your garden grow?

garden inspiration, flowers, shrubs, annuals. perennials, gardening tips, spring gardening

I'm so excited to be out working in the garden today!   I plan to show you the before and after pictures as well as share some advice for planning your garden on Monday.  In the meantime, I  just wanted to leave you with a little inspiration. My "how does your garden grow?" clipboard on HomeTalk is chock full of ideas, tips and gardening advice. … [Read more...]

Gardening 101

gardening, green thumb, plants, seedlings, flowers, vegetable garden

Do you wish you had a green thumb? Well, please join me and my fabulous co-hosts today on "After Class with Mrs. Hines"  for some helpful gardening tips for Spring.   We'll join Leo and Jane at their Cottage on the Crossroads where they'll share tips on getting a vegetable garden ready for Spring. And we need something pretty in which … [Read more...]

a backyard makeover: before

landscaping, garden design, backyard landscape, gardening, outdoor living

Last year, I won an e-design for one room with Annabelle of Stylish Design Services. I had a hard time choosing which room I wanted to design, and finally asked if we could design my backyard.  Annabelle readily agreed. She turned this into this. I love Annabelle's ideas, and I CANNOT wait to get started on the plans for my … [Read more...]

in the garden

winter gardening, preparing your garden for spring, pruning trees and shrubs

As soon as the new year begins, I start thinking about gardening.  What will I transplant?  What new plants do I want to add this year?  I get so excited at the thought of getting outside and digging in the dirt.  As soon as we're past any potential for a freeze, you'll find me in the garden.  In the meantime, there are few things to tend to … [Read more...]

back yard makeover


Hey friends!  My co-hosts and I are mid way through our Christmas in July blogger block party.  I hope you're enjoying it as much as I am.  Today, Jennifer at Laughter and Grace is sharing some excellent tips on planning your own Christmas cookie exchange as well as several scrumptious cookie recipes and printable Christmas labels. Now, back … [Read more...]

25 uses for coffee filters

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Coffee filters always make it on teachers' wish lists every school year.  They are mostly used for art projects and for sprouting seeds.  But a whole new world was opened to me when my husband's uncle sent this email, … [Read more...]

in the garden

Oh, hey! I'm just checking on the plants and flowers out here in the front yard. Come hang out with me. … [Read more...]

DIY preservative for fresh flowers

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  You may recall that I went browsing a few weeks ago and that I started out in a retail store before the "voices in my head" made me leave and high tail it to Goodwill. Well, before I got out of dodge (a.k.a. Kirklands) , I did manage to make a purchase.  I felt justified since it was only $7.99, and I really liked it...as in I couldn't … [Read more...]