Forcing Branches to Bloom Indoors

Magnolia blossom in a clear vase

This article contains affiliate links for advertisers of this site. See disclosure page for more information. Forcing branches to bloom indoors is an elegant way to bring spring indoors before winter has officially lost its grip. Essentially, it’s trimming a few branches from flowering shrubs and trees and bringing them indoors. It’s fascinating to see … Read more

Peonies: Easy to Grow & Beautiful

Peonies Growing in a Garden

If you want elegant simplicity in your landscape, peonies are the plants for you! These iconic perennials are quintessential in English cottage gardens and can make any yard a touch of heaven. Their billowy, soft petals and light fragrance also make them a gorgeous cut flower. Read more to learn how to enjoy these in your landscape for years to come!

Perennials: A Guide for Beginners

Perennial Red Poppies

Perennials are a category of plants that live from year to year and can survive the winters in northern climates. Perennials are known for their exquisite flowers and/or beautiful foliage making them a must-have for any landscape. Some of my all-time favorite plants are perennials. There is just something different about them when compared to annuals (click here if you need a refresher on annuals). The blooms are more detailed and intricate, the foliage is more rich and striking. And for some, the fragrance is amazing. The obvious advantage of having perennials in your landscape is that you plant them once and they return each spring. I have found that this is definitely a plus as I get older and time and energy become valuable resources! Consequently, you will be seeing more perennials in my yard! Here are some easy-to-grow perennials that will thrive in your landscape.

Tips for Buying Mother’s Day Flowers

Mother's Day Flowers Yellow Tulips in Vase

If you are planning on buying your mom cut flowers for Mother’s Day, here are some great tips for selecting the freshest available. Cut flowers sometimes get “bad press” that they die quickly, but I honestly have had very few negative experiences. I find that most retailers keep inventory fresh and the flowers last a week or more. Also below are tips for caring for fresh flowers. Pass them along to your mom so that she can enjoy her Mother’s Day flowers to the fullest.