fall gardening tips

fall garden9

  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...]

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...]

saturday’s show & tell showcase

Thank you to everyone who linked up to Show & Tell this week.  I hope you took the time to visit some of the others who linked up too.  I am always in awe of everyone's skill and the fact that you all bring something unique to the party. I believe today's features will appeal to the mom, homemaker, d.i.y.-er, and crafter in all of us. ( cause … [Read more...]