Happy New Year

by Susan on January 1, 2016

Wishing you a Happy New Year! I’m already itching for the 2016 Garden season to start.
The photo below was taken a couple weeks ago in upper Michigan. The sunrise over Lake Leelanau never gets old.



Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills State Park Ohio

Hocking Hills State Park

Tom and I spent the past week enjoying the awesome beauty of Hocking Hills, Ohio. We stayed in a cabin where we had no wi-fi, no cell phone access and no TV. It was perfect! I realize now how much time I waste online and have returned home inspired to make art, work in the […]

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Holland Michigan Tulip festival

Holland Tulip Festival

My friend Donna and I drove to Holland Michigan on May 1st to see the Tulip festival. It was my first visit. We arrived a day before the festivities (and crowds). Our timing was perfect. We had a wonderful visit seeing the flowers and walking through the town. I hope you enjoy the photos. Besides […]

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U of M Peony Garden

The University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden

The peony garden at the University of Michigan is a great place to visit in Spring. They have over 270 historic peony varieties situated in 27 beds that are nestled amongst the trees in the Nichols Arboretum. Dr. W. E. Upjohn, the founder of Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company, donated peonies to the University of Michigan in […]

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Epimedium is a perfect plant for dry shade

Day Dreaming about Flowers

I’m just day dreaming about Spring. It seems like the perfect thing to do as it rains ice outside my window. (smile!) You may also like these articlesThe Garden on 6th Street Backyard Design Inspiration This Garden Turns Ordinary into Extraordinary Kiftgate Court Garden

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Woodland garden at Chanticleer

Photos from Chanticleer

I was browsing through some vacation photos looking for inspiration for my new Marian garden that I’ll be planting in the Spring. I thought I would share these beautiful photos from my visit to Chanticleer garden in Wayne, PA. It was raining the day Tom and I visited, but it was magical. The planting combinations […]

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The Garden in February

February Snow in the Garden

We got our first real snow storm this past week. I snapped some photos to share of the February garden. Burr! It’s definitely chilly in the garden right now. You may also like these articlesThe Mid June Garden The Early June Garden The Mid May Garden The Early May Garden

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Backyard Garden in January

January in the Garden

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Succulents at the Chicago Botanical Garden Conservatory

I’m Dreaming of Spring

I’ve got Spring fever something fierce this year! I was sifting through old garden photos, thinking about my plans for Spring. I made up some images to paste on my Inspiration board. I thought I would share them with you. Think Spring!   You may also like these articles3 Design Ideas from Sissinghurst You Can […]

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The terraced garden at Blithewood

The Terraced Garden at Blithewood

This year’s road trip included a drive through the upper and middle Hudson River Valley, a landscape that has inspired countless artists, poets and gardeners. The photographs below show Blithewood’s terraced garden (located on the campus of Bard College), designed in the Italianate style by Francis Hoppin around 1900. This is a classic example of […]

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