{In the Garden} Grandmothers & Hydrangeas

I remember the big “snowball bush” beside my grandmother’s front porch. Now I know they are called hydrangeas, but every time I see one, I think of her. Hydrangeas make me think of hot summer days, childhood and family gatherings at Grandmother’s house … popcorn popped in bacon fat … picking apples from her tree Read More …

{In the Garden} Homegrown Tomatoes

As the song goes, “there’s only two things that money can’t buy, and that’s true love and homegrown tomatoes.” The Garden State is known for its Jersey tomatoes and my favorite are the small, sweet cherry-size – which aren’t, technically, Jersey tomatoes, except that they’re grown in my New Jersey home garden. The past two Read More …

{In the Garden} Crazy About Daisies

You can probably tell by my blog title and header that Shasta Daisies are my absolute favorite flower (a.k.a. Leucanthemum_ x _superbum). They are simple and pure in beauty, and an easy-to-care-for perennial. They bloom throughout the summer and can be cut for a bouquet (gorgeous by themselves or combined with other flowers). If you’d Read More …

{In the Garden} Catch the Rain

In my part of the world, we have mixed feelings about the rain. As the Garden State, we love the life it brings and the green it paints across the landscape. But, like anything else, too much of a good thing can be very messy … and dangerous. In recent years, especially, flooding is fairly Read More …