P. Allen Smith is Wonderful with Kids
'Nevada' H. Moy in its 2nd Year in Illinois Rose Garden
‘Nevada’ H. Moy in its 2nd Year in Illinois Rose Garden

Heaven “scent” ‘Nevada’ is blooming. When the wind whispers through its softer than angels’ wings petals, one has the allusion that butterflies are fluttering all about. Its a magic rose flower bush. Simply breathtaking. The cool spring continues in Central Illinois. This coolness allows flowers to last and bloom stages to overlap.


Day Lily Blooming
Day Lily Blooming

Day lilies are blooming before peonies while tulips are still in bloom.

Lilacs a Deep Purple
Lilacs a Deep Purple

The lilacs were an intense shade of purple instead of soft lilac. The Mandeville and Lantana that over-wintered in the heated garage looked like they were goners are coming back to life. The wonder of this unusual spring after the 3rd coldest winter on record is worthy of a pictorial record.

Baby Bunnies Born in My Minaiture Rose Pot
Baby Bunnies Born in My Minaiture Rose Pot

Baby birds are being born in my ferns and rabbits are not afraid of me at all. They continue to run over my rabbit scram and have babies in my flowerpots of miniature roses.

Illinois Cherry Blossoms in Bloom
Illinois Cherry Blossoms in Bloom Across the Street

Next week I most fortunate to have been invited along with a group of very talented garden writers (listed below) to HGTV Celebrity P. Allen Smith Moss Mountain Farm, which “is designed around the concept of the garden home, a place where the garden and home are interwoven. The grounds are laid out much like a house with different garden rooms. P. Allen began with the terrace gardens behind the house, the heirloom apple orchard and Daffodil Hill. Since 2008 he’s added a one acre vegetable garden, stone fruit orchard and rose garden.” If you have a chance to visit P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home you should go. If you want to visit the best Web site on gardening and product providers visit the folks I have listed on my Listly List and this is an interactive List. When you visit and you like their site vote them up.


Jobes Organics Container ThrowDown Challenge
Jobes Organics Container ThrowDown Challenge

Let me tell you a story. I used to work for a CEO of a company that believed in education for his employees. He spent what I think most people would consider a vast fortune sending employees to educational conferences. He believes education is key to success in every area of life and he lives by this. One day when one of his highly paid executives returned from a conference and he didn’t receive a single bit of information from them he said and I quote. “The only thing I ever get in return from my investment is what they had to eat or complaints about the lodging.” Why am I telling you this? What is the segue? Next week I feel an obligation to learn as much as possible and bring back lots of information and pictures so you can feel like you are there.


P. Allen is Wonderful with Children
P. Allen is Wonderful with Children

Over Easter I was in Texas. While in the Plano Callaway’s I saw that P. Allen would be in their Hurst location on Saturday. So my granddaughter and I drove to Hurst and listened to P. Allen Smith at a Proven Winners talk. He had so much information and is such an entertaining speaker. I learned so much and if you haven’t watched the little clip you should because Ella sat through his entire presentation and she has some very funny comments about our time at the event.

Kids Say The Darndest Things

Let me set the record straight: I didn’t lie to her as she says I just kept saying it would be over soon. And she did sit through the entire demo. I think she was the only 5 year old there and it was a full house! Thank-you P. Allen for being so charming to her and having a picture taken with her.

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Here are a list of garden writers invited to attend T.V. host, designer, gardening and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith's Garden Home annual Garden2Blog event in Little Rock Arkansas to learn and share ideas. P. Allen Smith is one of America's most recognized experts providing ideas and inspiration through multi-media venues and is the host of two public television programs.

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Gaga's Garden®

Make Plans Now to Join Me at The Chicago Flower and Garden Show, Wed. March 19th at 11:00 AM. Let's Make Growing Roses Easy! "Kids do say the darndest things." Traveling South on the N. Dallas Tollway, 5 year old Ella said, [...] Read Full Article →

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The Redneck Rosarian

Cultivating Life & Roses

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The Garden Diary

Meet a self-proclaimed ROSE NUT, my rose friend, Baldo Villegas. . . Baldo is a leading expert for the ARS on rose insects and diseases. Before his retirement in 2011, Baldo was the state entomologist for the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

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Two Women and A Hoe

1hoe/'ho/n: one who lives life with grace, dignity, passion and compassion abundantly inspired by the gift of breath. Landscape & Garden Consultations Indoor/Outdoor Sustainable Landscape Design & Installation Green Garden Maintenance, Restoration & Seasonal Pruning Seasonal Container Plantings Rain Gardens Garden Lighting Walks, Walls & Patios Natural Water Features Holiday Decorating A comforting place to...

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Garden Betty

I love the rain. And one of the reasons I love the rain is because at some point during the day, when there's a break in the clouds and we have a brief moment of stillness, I run out to the yard for a quick round of weeding.


Jerusalem Greer

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Jerusalem Greer
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The Park Wife

My Life....Just a Walk in the Park

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Gardenlady.com Home " gardenlady.com

C.L. Fornari is a master gardener, speaker, writer, radio talk show host and gardening consultant

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Harmony in the Garden

Rebecca Sweet

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marybethshaddix.com - Mary Beth Digs Gardens and Good Food

Dig into life on the farm with Mary Beth Shaddix. A modern homestead girl, garden writer, editor of Cooking Light Pick Fresh Cookbook, and kitchen garden addict.

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Garden Delights: Home

Copyright © Garden Delights. All rights reserved.

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Personal Garden Coach

As The Personal Garden Coach, one of the TOP things that clients ask for most frequently is a "Low Maintenance" garden. My job is to ask a lot of questions, delve into the sometimes hidden meanings of key phrases and find out what this means to each individual gardener.

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Urban Gardens

February 23, 2014 by Robin Plaskoff Horton Photo by Norman McGrath from Rooftop Gardens: The Terraces, Conservatories, and Balconies of New York, Denise LeFrak Calicchio The serenade of the city is hard to ignore, not to mention how it can affect our stress levels. With people bustling, ... Read More...

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Our Little Acre

Nothing gets me more excited about the coming spring (on a cold and blustery day) than attending a home and garden show. Mom and I go to the Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show every year and this year we were there on opening day.

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Jenny Peterson Design
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The Yarden

The news you hear via mainstream media around the food system may be depressing but I can tell you, from the trenches, there are a lot of smart people in Chicago doing amazing things to change our relationship with food. Read More "

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Michael Nolan, The Garden Rockstar | The Garden Rockstar LLC

Michael Nolan, The Garden Rockstar™ is a writer, speaker and noted authority on gardening, food security, homesteading & environmental issues. He is a published author and former editor at The Home Depot Garden Club. Michael Nolan loves gardening. He's been doing it longer than he has been able to walk.

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The Bumble Bee Log
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Veggie Gardening Tips - Featuring Vegetable Gardening Tips, Organic Growing Techniques, and Unique Plants for the Bac...

Featuring Vegetable Gardening Tips, Organic Growing Techniques, and Unique Plants for the Backyard Gardener

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The Rain Forest Garden
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HGTV Gardens - Design Ideas, Expert Tips and Gardening Community : HGTV Gardens

Find the perfect plant, flower, style or landscape design for your garden with fresh ideas from the experts and community of HGTV Gardens.

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In the Garden with Janet Carson

I got down to the convention center early and the normal drive through slot was closed, so I had to enter in the normal exit area. The "garage" door broke at the end of the show yesterday, so it was a bit congested this morning. But we got in and started loading up.

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Proven Winners | The #1 Plant Brand

Proven Winners searches the world to find and select plants which are clearly superior to others of their type in our trials in Michigan, New Hampshire, California, Germany, Japan, and Florida. Once a Proven Winners plant makes it to your house, you'll fall in love. Proven Winners plants are:

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Berry Family Nurseries

We take pride in the trees, shrubs, perennials, roses and groundcovers we grow. With exclusive, high quality brands like Forever & Ever Plants, Super Sweet Fruit Trees, Platinum Perennials, Tropicals by Berry and more, we offer one stop shopping for our retail customers with over 3,000 unique and exciting plant varieties.

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Bonnie Plants - Garden Plants for Your Vegetable Garden or Herb Garden

Bonnie Plants is a leading provider of plants for your vegetable garden or herb garden. Expert gardening tips help you with your plants.

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