Sunday 27 October 2013

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I went out this morning for my daily run/walk. I say “run/walk.” I used to say “run.” Now I say “run/walk.” It’s really “walk.” I am still in denial about the whole knee pain situation. Anyway, I digress. I went out this morning for my daily run/walk. Most days I listen to books via Audible […]

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Thursday 29 August 2013

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I am in the movies! Okay, not the big screen. More like the little screen—say, the size of your computer monitor. I and my garden are the subjects of a  video and Q&A story for Panera Bread’s new website and to promote their new “Live Consciously” campaign. If you have one of those Panera guest […]

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Tuesday 20 August 2013

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Solo lunches can be such delicious affairs. You can eat leftovers. (One of my all-time favorite foods.) You can eat standing at the frig. (Not recommended.) Or you can build a gourmet sandwich from fixins’ and condiments you have on-hand, such as these pretty and pink pickled red onions. The fact is, some of my […]

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Wednesday 14 August 2013

As I was browsing around over on Pinterest this morning, I was impressed with some of the solutions gardeners found to common gardening problems—organizing garden tools and supplies, protecting and supporting plants, labeling plants, nurturing and decorating. I have also seen some fabulous, clever and cheap garden solutions from garden tours in recent years, so […]

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Thursday 08 August 2013

One of the many joys of gardening is that you get to experiment, explore and take risks. Often the cost is no more than a couple of dollars—the price of a package of seeds. This is the frugal side of gardening. (I can also show you the exceptionally non-frugal side of gardening, but that, my […]

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Monday 05 August 2013

We’re all at the mercy of the weather, especially gardeners. Even P. Allen Smith and his garden at Moss Mountain Farm is at the mercy of Mother Nature. Remember that beautiful film scene in the Keanu Reeves movie A Walk in the Clouds where all the workers frantically build fires and dance with fans between […]

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Thursday 01 August 2013

Look at the colorful characters I was hanging with at the La-Z-Boy booth at the Blogher13 conference last week in Chicago.  The La-Z-Boys! I believe the point was to showcase the contemporary and fresh new fabrics and designs of La-Z-Boy furniture. This is not your father’s La-Z-Boy. The nice folks there are giving bloggers a [...]

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Wednesday 31 July 2013

I’m not an interior design critic or writer. But show me a beautiful house when I have my camera in-hand and I can play one on the internet. I wasn’t particularly surprised that P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain farm home looks like a spread from Traditional Home magazine. After all, he’s firmly rooted in the [...]

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Wednesday 24 July 2013

Country living can be elegant. P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm is a perfect example. Back in May I was surprised and pleased to be invited to join a bunch of other bloggers to visit P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm in Little Rock, Arkansas, for Garden2Blog13. Even if you don’t recognize his name, you [...]

Monday 15 July 2013

I will admit to my fair share of fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants garden design. Just give me a cart at a garden center and I’ll emerge with enough plants to fill an SUV, a happy smile and not the vaguest idea of what I’m going to do with them. But (and here’s an ugly truth) I have also had [...]

Thursday 27 June 2013

I have finally given up on squatting on the ground next to the driveway potting up garden containers. That’s right. I squatted when I potted. No more. We recently had a carpenter out to do some repairs on the house. While he was here I handed him a photo of a potting bench I saw on [...]

Tuesday 25 June 2013

I had visitors to the garden in early June. As they wandered around, one of the men turned and asked, “Just how much time do you spend gardening?” Part of me started to panic that perhaps he thought I should spend a bit more time weeding and tidying. Then I remembered that these folks weren’t [...]

Friday 12 April 2013

I heard that lovely “beep…beep…beep” sound today that I associate with spring. No, it wasn’t a bird call. It was Chris, my UPS driver backing up after dropping off two big boxes of bulbs. Spring! I love to walk around with the little dogs and see nature awake. I snapped my annual shot of a cute [...]

Friday 22 February 2013

I have been doing a little bit of blog housekeeping this week. There is so much more I need to do, but I’m here to tell you that I finally finished up (I think) the 2012 garden album.  From the composite page you can click on a photo to see a bigger picture. If you [...]

Thursday 14 February 2013

Well, right now it’s pretty dang cold. But my heart is warm this Valentine’s Day. I’ll be a cooking fool preparing food to take to my parents’ house this weekend. And then there’s that romantic dinner. Happy Valentine’s Day. Robin

I’m sitting here with seed and plant catalogs scattered around–Plant Delights, Botanical Interests, Baker Creek, Cook’s Garden, John Scheepers… My Lee Valley 10-Year Garden Journal is open to February. My Excel spread sheet plant inventory is open on my computer screen. The collection I affectionately refer to as my Seed Vault is on the floor under [...]

Tuesday 06 November 2012

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that most people’s garages aren’t all that attractive. Unless you’re one of the 1% who has a warehouse garage with sparkling stainless steel cabinets and shiny painted floors or are one of those weirdly disciplined people who don’t ever let clutter get out of [...]

Friday 19 October 2012

I used an online random number generator to pick the winner of the $50 Lowes gift card. The giveaway goes to Kelly, another mom of two Papillons, Betsy and Ella. Congratulations Kelly! My brother actually won the first round. But his comment wasn’t even the kind of loving comment I told all my Facebook friends to [...]

Sunday 07 October 2012

Don’t miss the Lowe’s Creative Ideas $50 gift card giveaway on the mums post here. Just leave a comment and you could win.

Later on this evening we’re having a big birthday celebration Chez Bumblebee. It’s my husband’s mmmmm birthday celebration and I want to do it up right. His favorite meal. Favorite wine. Favorite cake. Candles. Flowers. Oh, and those flowers? We have some mums! Mums might be the Rodney Dangerfield of the flower world. They don’t [...]

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