I’ll be honest, winter is not my favorite time of year. It’s cold outside and I don’t like being cold. I love spending time in the garden every day and honestly, there’s not much for me to do in winter. But just because I’m inside doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot going on outside! Since I don’t do a big fall garden clean-up birds, pollinators and other wildlife are able to live and thrive in my garden throughout the frigid winter months. Although my garden is rather untidy at the moment, I bet you’ll agree that it’s still beautiful and full of winter interest.
Since attending the Garden Blogger’s Fling earlier this year, I’ve been a bit more inspired to visit gardens whenever I can. I’ve noticed that many of the gardens – both public and private – have areas that are designated as certified habitats. I’ve seen butterfly and pollinator habitats, and a few specifically characterized as Monarch Butterfly habitats. Other gardens had spaces more broadly classified as wildlife habitats. After carefully exploring the plants and design features in each of these garden habitats, I realized they were very similar to my own. I grow many of the same plant varieties and offer sources of food, water and shelter to make my garden attractive to wildlife. That’s when it occurred to me that I could certify my garden!
This week was a BIG deal in our house. It was also a big deal in my dad’s house, and my mom’s house, and my auntie’s house and my grandma’s house. Why?? My son got his Learner’s Permit! I don’t know any kid more excited about driving than mine. He has been counting down the days to his 15th birthday for more than six months. And naturally, the entire family joined in on the hugely anticipated countdown.
This part two of a post I wrote in mid-July about testing the Red Racer Tomato in my home garden. You can read the full post here.
Now, I’m back to share the scoop on how well this All-American Selections (AAS) winner performed for me.
Collard greens were always a staple in my Grandma Georgia’s garden. We enjoyed many Sunday dinners with her collard greens as a favorite side dish. She doesn’t grow collards anymore, so I feel compelled to plant a few for her in my own garden. This fall I am trying a new collard variety, an easy-growing Southern heirloom from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange called Georgia Green Collards – which couldn’t have a more perfect name!
This is my FIRST Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day post – and I’m super pumped about it! I first learned about this special event (monthly on the 15th) while chatting with fellow gardeners at the Capital Area Garden Bloggers Fling back in June. It sounded like a great way to connect with other gardeners around the world and to see what was blooming in their garden during the same month. I missed posting in July and August, but I’m here today for Bloom Day September. Hope you enjoy a quick peek at the loveliness currently blooming in my garden. If you’re here, leave a comment to say ‘hi’!