February Garden Checklist for the Midwest

Good thing February is the shortest month on the calendar.  In the Midwest, it ranks as many people’s least favorite month and quite frankly, if it weren’t for Valentine’s Day and my birthday, I’d probably like to do a Rip Van Winkle and sleep the whole month away. But there are valuable things I can do […]

February 13, 2014 in In the Garden, Inspiration by

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Gardening as an Act of Worship

I was thinking this morning, as I was praying about my day and asking God to order it in a way that pleases Him, that it can be an act of worship to do gardening.  Actually everything can be an act of worship if you’re doing it as unto the Lord.  Doing laundry for Jesus […]

February 13, 2014 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals, In the Garden, Inspiration by

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Changing Seasons by American Goldfinches

I am not a fan of winter, especially this one.  It’s been downright frigid and even on my bravest day of walking the dogs, I’m still not interested in frostbite or getting chilled to the bone.  How the cold finds my bones when I’m this bundled up puzzles me exceedingly.  The poor dogs are prancing […]

January 24, 2014 in In the Garden, Inspiration by

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Winter Buddies

Winter storm “Hercules” may be dumping 15 inches of snow outside, but look what’s going on inside.  The very short day lengths, cooler temperatures, and indoor plant lights make gardening possible and some plants actually prefer it.  These “winter buddies” are budding now and will blossom shortly.   Many orchids bloom in the winter, among the […]

January 2, 2014 in In the Garden, Inspiration by

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Critters in the Garden Part 1: Insects Eating Plants

It’s been a while since I wrote a gardening post.  My excuse? Aside from being busy writing other posts,  the truth is: I’ve been doing battle with critters, both animals and insects. I knew I’d had enough when the deer was standing on my front porch eating a pot of tulips.  I thought I was […]

June 25, 2013 in In the Garden by

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Winter’s Grip is Letting Go

I don’t really care what the forecasters might say.  Winter’s Grip is Letting Go.  The day length is increasing and the trees know it.  The birds know it, too.  It won’t be long before winter is replaced by the season of singing. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear […]

January 24, 2013 in In the Garden, Inspiration by

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Too Late to Plant Fall Bulbs?

Put your question and your shame to rest.  So, you’ve procrastinated like many gardeners.  I’ve done it too.  I’m pretty certain that among gardeners, we all sin and fall short of the calendar for planting fall bulbs at some point in our lives.  Now the ground is approaching frozen and you ask, Is it too […]

October 28, 2012 in In the Garden, Inspiration by

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How to Overwinter Tree Roses

Roses are among the most beloved plants.  Matchless for their variety of colors and fragrance and forms, roses have a beauty that makes their persnickety nature part of their charm.  Roses need special pruning and fertilizing and insect prevention, but they also need strict attention to their fall and winter care. (Please note update at […]

October 22, 2012 in In the Garden, Inspiration by


What to Do About Hydrangeas?

Hydrangeas can be confusing at nearly every season.   Fall confusion produces as many questions as spring confusion. In the fall, people in the northern United States look at their hydrangeas and wonder, “Now what?” Winter is coming.  Do I cut my hydrangeas back?  Do I let them go just as they are?  Everyone has advice.  […]

October 20, 2012 in In the Garden, Inspiration by

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Late Bloomers–Saving the Best for Last

Some of my favorite plants are late bloomers.  Some of my favorite Scriptures talk about the last in equally wonderful terms.   Sometimes, I think God saves the best for last. John 2:7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them, “Now […]

September 29, 2012 in In the Garden, Inspiration by

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