Category: Gardening

Powerscourt Gardens in Bloom

Powerscourt Gardens in Bloom

Last summer, I helped a friend photograph a wedding in the Dublin area. During a site visit, we stopped off at Powerscourt Estate to tour the gardens and have a cuppa at the Avoca cafe located on the grounds. I found…

small cucumber on vine

Growing a Small Vegetable Garden

I planted my very first vegetable garden this year. It’s not the first time I’ve grown vegetables, but it is the first time I’ve been responsible for the entire process of planning, planting, and feeding my own small vegetable garden….

lisianthus pink bouqet

Zone 9 Full Sun Garden

I’m in full garden obsession down here in Tampa. I’m talking a Burpee catalog perusing, zone 9 studying, spending all my fun money, sun measuring, seed buying, Lowe’s garden center stalking, Pinterest image gathering level of obsession. It’s all I…

Spring Gardening Checklist

Spring Gardening Checklist

April may be volatile, but the warmer temperatures and suddenly clear blue skies are welcome respites from winter. By the start of the month, I’m getting a bit itchy to be outside in the garden. On the first sunny day of…

A Celebration of High Summer Flowers

A Celebration of High Summer Flowers

Instead of sweltering temperatures, withering gardens, and mosquitos, high summer in Ireland is filled with cool temperatures and gardens where creativity and passion take center stage as flowers tumble over stone fences. Gardening is part of everyday life here and a majority of houses…

Beautiful Container Gardens in London

Beautiful Container Gardens in London

Those of you who live in cities know that gardening space is usually very limited. We recently moved from a country cottage with virtually unlimited space to a row house in the heart of the city. The move forced me…

Rococo Parrot Tulip

Rococo Parrot Tulip

The tulips that we planted last November came roaring into bloom this month: white, orange, cream and tinted with purple. But my favorite were these Rococo Parrot Tulips purchased at a bargain shop in town. They bloomed like an exotic…

Sunsets and Snowdrops

Sunsets and Snowdrops

The pace of my life has slowed down dramatically over the past week. We’re back from a visit to the States for the holidays. Christmas was celebrated, New Years Eve was slept through, and a new team was launched from…

Modern Office Plants

Modern Office Plants

Say goodbye to the straggly, unfashionable office plant with these modern options from The Sill, chosen for Martha Stewart Living’s American Made contest. If you live in NYC, you can have them delivered to your office. If you don’t, you’ll…

Growing Mint

Growing Mint

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Start by taking a clipping off a healthy mint plant. Clip about three or four leaf sets down from the top of the stem. Strip off the bottom set of leaves, and place in a vase…

Maintaining Ivy

Maintaining Ivy

Photography by Rebekah Burder. A majority of our summer evenings have been spent on a constant cycle of plant, water, prune, weed, repeat. We have a combination of established plants from previous tenants, garden refreshes done by us, and beds…

Stylish Container Gardens

Stylish Container Gardens

Have I mentioned my obsession with container gardens? I love them. They’re the simplest form of gardening, with little to no stress. You just plant, water, feed, repeat, and within a few weeks the plants are double the size and spilling…

Lismore in Bloom

Lismore in Bloom

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Lismore Castle Gardens captured my heart last September not long after we moved to Ireland. Even on a gloomy fall day, it was a quiet piece of heaven on earth. I couldn’t wait until this summer,…

Summer Gardening

Summer Gardening

Photography by Rebekah Burder. We’ve been on a planting frenzy here in Ireland–it’s the kind of place where gardening is easy and low-cost–and it’s turned into a hobby we really enjoy together. He fishes, I read, we garden. Several evenings…

Bloom Recap

Bloom Recap

Photography by Rebekah Burder. All good things must come to an end, and so Bloom in the Park ends with this last post. I thought I would include a few favorite details I found in the gardens. My obsession with…

Garden of Plenty

Garden of Plenty

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Created as an example of urban and sustainable gardening, this Garden of Plenty–designed by Eugene Boyle, Woodcollective, and Aqua Landscapes–was one of my top three gardens at Bloom. While other gardens, like the fairy and fruit gardens,…

Climbing Clematis

Climbing Clematis

Photography by Rebekah Burder. I have a new love in my life, clematis. I’m obsessed with this climbing vine after seeing it in my mother-in-law’s Alabama garden. It’s such a beautiful plant, and one that comes back bigger and more…

Monkey Puzzle Trees

Monkey Puzzle Trees

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Monkey puzzle trees. Until six months ago, I had never heard of these crazily beautiful evergreens. Until visiting Woodstock Gardens in Inistioge, I had no idea they could grow so large. You can see my friend…

Trellis Love

Trellis Love

We have this big blank concrete wall lining one side of the patio. It’s so perfect for a trellis system, and we’ve started researching options. Here are a few of my favorites I found on the interwebs! Above, a modern…

Windowsill Gardens

Windowsill Gardens

Spring is definitely starting to happen here in Ireland! I can see buds on trees and bushes, and some of the early indicators of warmer weather, like daffodils, are lining the back roads of County Kilkenny. It’s still a tricky…

Hyacinths

Hyacinths

Photography by Swiss Can. A friendly reminder to plant your spring bulbs now! Hyacinth, tulips, daffodils, callas, and amaryllis are just a few that need long months of cold weather before they’ll bloom. Short on space? They make easy container…

Love Engaged

Love Engaged

Photography by Stacy Richardson. This couple looks so adorably in love and comfortable with each other. Don’t those make the best weddings? Photos were taken at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Old Mill House.  

Fifty Shades of Ranunculus

Fifty Shades of Ranunculus

Photography by Danni of Oh Hello Friend!. Fifty, yes fifty, acres of Ranunculus? Yes, oh yes! How gorgeous are these flower fields. They’re located in north San Diego county and bloom from early March to early May.  

I Hate Mosquitoes

I Hate Mosquitoes

{photography by A Chef In The Garden} What do marigolds, garlic, lemongrass, rosemary, and basil all have in common? Two things really. One, they’re all edible (marigold is known as the “poor man’s saffron”). Two, they repel mosquitoes. {photography by…

Garden Planning Resources

Garden Planning Resources

{image via Haskell Tech} While researching gardening layouts, I collected resources to share. Below you will find likes to books, magazines, blogs, and suppliers that will help you research, design, and start a beautiful garden. I’ve also included a few…

Worm Love

Worm Love

This post is written by my partner-in-crime, Frank. During the day, he’s the owner of D2L Studios, a graphic designer, and social media manager. By night, he’s a worm loving amateur gardener. I asked him to write about his obsession…

A Short Guide To Composting

A Short Guide To Composting

Composting is one of those side habits of gardening that is rising in popularity. Urban farmers are popping up everywhere, and compost piles are part of this new culture. I’ll be honest. I’m not a dig in the dirt willingly…

Benches, Sheds, and Greenhouses. Oh my.

Benches, Sheds, and Greenhouses. Oh my.

Traditional English Greenhouse via Schemata Workshop. What no one tells you about gardening is that it’s a never ending hobby. One day you buy a little basil plant for $3, and the next you’re sourcing greenhouse suppliers for that citrus…

How To Create a Cutting Garden

How To Create a Cutting Garden

Cambo Tulip Festival via Largo Baywatch. Creating a cutting garden can seem intimidating, but like all gardening, planning will prevent you from wasting valuable resources like space, time, and money. Here’s a simple plan for creating a cutting garden: Research….

Cutting Garden

Cutting Garden

Memphis Cutting Garden Cutting gardens are one of the most inspiring and useful of gardens. Rows of tulips, hyacinth and gladiolas provide beauty in large numbers. When they’re cut and arranged, they provide an indoor garden. These types of gardens…

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