Bulb Bargain: Jersey Giant Asparagus

Bulb Bargain: Jersey Giant Asparagus

The spring planting season is in full swing! Therefore, I am continuing to feature one of my favorite spring planted items (bulbs, perennials, fruits or veggies) each week. This garden selection will then become Holland Bulb Farm’s Bulb Bargain for that one day ONLY. They’ll also be featuring a unique shipping deal...
Bulb Bargain: CLEMATIS!

Bulb Bargain: CLEMATIS!

Believe it or not, the spring planting season is just around the corner (this is definitely harder for some of us to believe than others!). In order to help turn all of our thoughts ahead to the days when the snow will disappear and the ground will thaw — yes,...
Bulb Bargain: Stargazer Lilies for Mom

Bulb Bargain: Stargazer Lilies for Mom

Believe it or not, the spring planting season is just around the corner (this is definitely harder for some of us to believe than others!). In order to help turn all of our thoughts ahead to the days when the snow will disappear and the ground will thaw — yes,...
Bulb Bargain: Charming Beauty Miniature HARDY Gladiolus

Bulb Bargain: Charming Beauty Miniature HARDY Gladiolus

Believe it or not, the spring planting season is just around the corner (this is definitely harder for some of us to believe than others!). In order to help turn all of our thoughts ahead to the days when the snow will disappear and the ground will thaw — yes,...
Bulb Bargain: Russell Hybrid Lupine Mix

Bulb Bargain: Russell Hybrid Lupine Mix

Believe it or not, the spring planting season is just around the corner (this is definitely harder for some of us to believe than others!). In order to help turn all of our thoughts ahead to the days when the snow will disappear and the ground will thaw — yes,...
Bulb Bargain: Black Barlow Columbine

Bulb Bargain: Black Barlow Columbine

Believe it or not, the spring planting season is just around the corner (this is definitely harder for some of us to believe than others!). In order to help turn all of our thoughts ahead to the days when the snow will disappear and the ground will thaw — yes,...
Bulb Bargain: Elephant Ears

Bulb Bargain: Elephant Ears

Believe it or not, the spring planting season is just around the corner (this is definitely harder for some of us to believe than others!). In order to help turn all of our thoughts ahead to the days when the snow will disappear and the ground will thaw — yes,...
Cleanse your Pallet -- and PLANT It!

Cleanse your Pallet — and PLANT It!

First of all, let me just say: I am so. excited. about this post! Last summer, Holland Bulb Farms contacted me about one of their many amazing customers: Marie. Marie lives in the Pacific Northwest, not far from the Canadian border where she works at a surgical center during the...
Bulb Bargain: Crimson Red Rhubarb

Bulb Bargain: Crimson Red Rhubarb

Believe it or not, the spring planting season is just around the corner (this is definitely harder for some of us to believe than others!). In order to help turn all of our thoughts ahead to the days when the snow will disappear and the ground will thaw — yes,...
And the Winners Are...

And the Winners Are…

Today marks the official end of our 2014 Homegrown Recipe Contest…and what a contest it was! We had recipes of all types, sizes, and styles submitted from a Baked Cheesy Pumpkin, to a Vegetable Meat Loaf, to Baked Fish Fillets with Asian Glazed Grapes! It is always so difficult to...
Bulb Bargain: Red King Humbert Canna

Bulb Bargain: Red King Humbert Canna

Believe it or not, the spring planting season is just around the corner (this is definitely harder for some of us to believe than others!). In order to help turn all of our thoughts ahead to the days when the snow will disappear and the ground will thaw — yes,...
Bulb Bargain: Blue Wonder Toad Lily

Bulb Bargain: Blue Wonder Toad Lily

Believe it or not, the spring planting season is just around the corner (this is definitely harder for some of us to believe than others!). In order to help turn all of our thoughts ahead to the days when the snow will disappear and the ground will thaw — yes,...
Dinner or Dessert?

Dinner or Dessert?

The 4th Annual Homegrown Recipe Contest keeps rolling along and my kitchen is a mess! A lovely mess, that is. The recipe I’d like to share with you today was submitted by one of our winners from last year, Roxanne of New York! This recipe contains possibly one of my...
It's not just for Thanksgiving Anymore!

It’s not just for Thanksgiving Anymore!

As many of you know, we have already kicked off our 4th Annual Homegrown Recipe Contest — and we’ve been receiving some scrumptious entries again! As much as I would love to keep them to myself and claim them for my own at our next family get-together, I figured it...
Bearded Iris: A Timeless Jewel

Bearded Iris: A Timeless Jewel

Believe it or not, August has arrived. And as true as it is that there could still be some good summer weeks left in the weather (depending on where you’re located), some gardeners thoughts have started turning in more of a fall direction. I stopped by Holland Bulb Farms yesterday...
A Rainbow of Iris | Guest Blog

A Rainbow of Iris | Guest Blog

What started out as a conversation about “how crusty” our current Bearded Iris images, actually turned into an expedition to the Willamette Valley in beautiful Oregon to seek out new and Beautiful Iris at Schreiner’s Gardens — a farm spanning 200 acres where the growth and cultivation of iris has...
Gardening with Little Feet

Gardening with Little Feet

Somehow, I always manage to get myself in a bit over my head with plans – it always sounds like a great idea and completely realistic until it gets down to the actual carrying out of whatever event or project I have gotten myself into. And now that I have...
Picking Perfect Peppers

Picking Perfect Peppers

Last week Tuesday, I focused on one of my favorite plants to grow (and harvest!) in the garden – Heirloom Tomatoes. Today, I decided to feature another one of my favorites, not only for their vibrant colors and versatility, but also their health benefits: peppers! Peppers come in pretty much...
Heirloom Tomatoes -- All the Rage or Just a lot of Hype?

Heirloom Tomatoes — All the Rage or Just a lot of Hype?

If you know anything about gardening, read anything about gardening, or ever happen to overhear anything about gardening, you’ve no doubt heard the term “heirloom” and specifically, in reference to tomatoes. I myself was not sure what the term actually meant until several years ago when I finally decided to...
Hungry Animals -- What to Do?

Hungry Animals — What to Do?

I’ve always been a big fan of everything outdoors. Ok, maybe not everything — but pretty darn close. This, unfortunately, includes anything on four legs that has fur and deep brown eyes. I’ll admit it: when I was young, my father used to (and still does) feed these critters behind...
Tackling Tomatoes

Tackling Tomatoes

Back in early January in my post called “Do Less and Do it Better” I described a new perspective I was going to attempt adhere to in the upcoming year. I used this perspective to encourage myself, not to abandon new projects and ideas, but rather start a bit smaller...
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Bulb Bargain: Complete Summer Garden Kit

Bulb Bargain: Complete Summer Garden Kit

The spring planting season is in full swing! Therefore, I am continuing to feature one of my favorite spring planted items (bulbs, perennials, fruits or veggies) each week. This garden selection will then become Holland Bulb Farm’s Bulb Bargain for that one day ONLY. They’ll also be featuring a unique shipping deal each week with the bargain...
Bulb Bargain: Double Passion Daylily

Bulb Bargain: Double Passion Daylily

Believe it or not, the spring planting season is just around the corner (this is definitely harder for some of us to believe than others!). In order to help turn all of our thoughts ahead to the days when the snow will disappear and the ground will thaw — yes, it WILL happen! — I...
Bulb Bargain: Sumatra Oriental Lilies

Bulb Bargain: Sumatra Oriental Lilies

Believe it or not, the spring planting season is just around the corner (this is definitely harder for some of us to believe than others!). In order to help turn all of our thoughts ahead to the days when the snow will disappear and the ground will thaw — yes, it WILL happen! — I...
Third Place Winners!

Third Place Winners!

Isn’t this great? I absolutely love talking about food. In fact, I think it’s probably one of my favorite topics of conversation (after plants, of course). Today, I am pleased to present to you the third place winners in each category! 3rd Place in Vegetable Category: Simple Summer Salad from Cindi Hoag of Yates Center,...
And Second Place Goes To...

And Second Place Goes To…

I’m excited to share with you our second place winning recipes in each category today which include my personal two favorites from the taste test… 2nd Place in Vegetable Category: Thai Chicken Wraps from Nadine Smeltzer of St. Charles, Michigan This recipe is amazing for so many reasons: first of all, it’s hearty enough to...
Orzo: Like Rice but Pasta!

Orzo: Like Rice but Pasta!

Even though our 2014 Homegrown Recipe Contest has technically ended (the last day to submit recipes was Friday, February 28th), we’re far from done taste-testing! I figured if we were getting to reap the benefits of these wonderful submissions, than it would only be fair to continue to let you in on the fun, too....
Start the Morning Off Singing!

Start the Morning Off Singing!

Well, the day is finally here…the last day to enter the 2014 Homegrown Recipe Contest! We have once again received so many wonderful entries, my recipe box is now over-flowing at home! To celebrate the deadline for entering the contest, I thought I’d featured a recipe for a meal which we don’t often receive entries...
A Chance for your Herb Garden to Really Shine!

A Chance for your Herb Garden to Really Shine!

With only one day left to enter the 2014 Homegrown Recipe Contest, I figured it was time to share a recipe in which some of the most easy, most convenient, most fun to grow edible plants are featured — tomatoes and herbs! And lucky for me, I absolutely LOVE both Today’s recipe was entered by...
Transport Yourself to Warmer Days with...PIZZA?

Transport Yourself to Warmer Days with…PIZZA?

Oh, how I long for warmer days right now! I just returned yesterday from a long weekend in Northern Wisconsin — the scenery was absolutely GORGEOUS but how my body is tired of shivering! So today, I thought I’d feature a recipe with a name that sounds as dreamy as the final product tastes! This...
Just like Grandma's

Just like Grandma’s

I just HAD to share this recipe from the 4th Annual Homegrown Recipe Contest. If I were stranded on a desert island and could only choose one food to have with me, raspberries would probably be it. Tart and sweet in perfect harmony. It’s almost as though this recipe was created just for me. Mary...
4th Annual Recipe Contest

4th Annual Recipe Contest

The Homegrown Recipe Contest is back — and I couldn’t be more excited! For the fourth year in a row, I’ve teamed up with Holland Bulb Farms to offer gardeners and cooks alike the chance at winning a Holland Bulb Farms gift card! Just like in years past, the only requirement is that any recipe submitted contains...
Bulb Bargain: Ice Follies Daffodils

Bulb Bargain: Ice Follies Daffodils

To gear up for fall planting and to get everyone excited, each week I’ll feature one of my favorite fall planted bulbs and it will become Holland Bulb Farm’s Bulb Bargain for that one day ONLY. They’ll also be featuring a unique shipping deal each week with the bargain, so it’s the perfect opportunity to scoop up...