Mike is up to something. He disappears into the basement for hours at a time. He does that regularly this time of year. He becomes the mad scientist in his laboratory, planning to emerge victorious in May as his 52 pots of dahlias are transformed into 350 dahlia plants. Last year he probably grew 700 . . . → Read More: Making More Dahlias
It’s a cold winter Chicago day and I’ve got zinnias, black-eyed Susans and lettuce. I do. I really do. Here they are, just tiny seeds for now, but that’s about the best I’ve got at home with this year’s ice and snow and cold.
I’m especially happy to have the zinnia seeds. In . . . → Read More: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – Fly Me Away
I’m so tired of calorie filled treats! I’m not tired of the treats, I’m just tired of the calories. It was my turn to bring snacks to church and I went for healthier. This one was so good and so easy that I had to share it. The magic is in the Won Tons. I . . . → Read More: Healthy Fruit Tarts
Food – Water – Shelter. Those 3 words should be enough for an article on attracting birds for the winter. Just 3 words: Food – Water – Shelter. There, I’m done. Well, not exactly.
Those 3 words (Food – Water – Shelter) were not new information for me, and those 3 words (Food – Water . . . → Read More: The Georges’ Attract Birds All Winter Long
I’ve got color in my yard. Yes, December in Chicagoland and I have color! Granted, none of it is provided by flowers, but I’m not going to let that little detail stop my yard from being colorful. Certainly the snow has been a bit of a detriment to color in the garden. Or has it? . . . → Read More: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – Color In My Winter Garden
I’ve made winter containers before, and they were nice. However, they were not even in the same league as Patrice’s. Patrice has the creativity gene. I think she also got the creativity genes that were supposed to be allocated to many others. Take the container to the right as a fine example. Well, don’t . . . → Read More: Patrice Does Winter Interest Right
Date and nut cookies are a favorite at our house. You’d expect it to be chocolate chip or gingerbread men, but the unlikely winner is date and nut. I haven’t done much holiday baking yet, but we are already enjoying the delicious date and nut cookies.
1 c salted butter 1 ½ c . . . → Read More: Date & Nut Cookies
This is a magnificently creative world we live in. A world not of our own creation, but certainly one where we have been gifted with the option of enjoying God’s creativity. I say ‘option’ because so many of us don’t slow down enough to appreciate it. I know I don’t. Maybe that is why I . . . → Read More: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – Last Chance to Dance
Bad news – The first frost took down our dahlias. Good news – The first frost turned them into some pretty scary looking dead plants appropriate for the Halloween season.
Our dahlia garden went from full bloom to fully cut down in a 36 hour period.
We started with this last Monday morning …
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DOOR COUNTY, WI – This just in from Peninsula State Park. Campers report a rare sighting of the Grim Reaper soulfully grasping a dahlia. Here he shows his true colors, which are apparently sunshine yellow and creamsickle. Or perhaps he is in search of the muse who the dahlia was named after, Normandy Sweet Lucy. . . . → Read More: Even The Grim Reaper Loves Dahlias