A Trip to Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, TN

Recently our family made a visit to the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, TN. If you have never taken the opportunity to visit you should. The gardens are filled with a wonderful display of annuals, perennials, and themed gardens. Currently they have various playhouses on display with multiple themes like trains and foreign countries. We happened to be visiting with other homeschool families and our children were able to take part in lectures on butterflies and wildflowers and even learned about book binding. It was a hot August day but the kids all enjoyed walking through the gardens and taking part in the events Cheekwood was offering. I hope you enjoy looking at the slideshow of pictures from Cheekwood Botanical Garden! My daughter says Hi! To plan out your visit to Cheekwood visit their website for info. Save Save Save

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Planting in Teak Wood Planters!

A while back Teak Closeouts sent me several samples to try out and see if I could use in the garden. They carry a really neat line of products that general come from overstock teak wood products and sell it at better prices.  They also have other products made from teak root which can be very interesting when used for gardening applications! I turned most of the products they sent me into planters for the garden. Teak is a very sturdy and rot resistant wood which is why it has a lot of uses in the garden. Putting these together gave me another great excuse to buy plants for the garden! One can never have enough rosemary, so I planted a rosemary into this little container. Rosemary is a great plant for the kitchen and we now have it conveniently on a table just outside the patio door. A large…

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Gilmour Watering Products

I want to take a moment to tell you about some other products that were sent to me recently for my garden.I fully intended to run these products through the garden wringer but the funny thing about this season is that I haven't watered the garden since early JUNE! We've had regular rainfall coming through and so I haven't needed to use these Gilmour Products yet, but I'm pretty exited to try them and wanted to tell you about them. Gilmour sent me a spray nozzle, their Flexogen® Hose, and three hose attachments to try. The Gilmour Flexogen® hose they sent me is a 50ft garden hose that is kink resistant. I know that one of the most annoying things about watering plants is when you stretch out the hose then have it kink all the way at the other end of the hose and have to walk back to…

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Fiskars Hatchet and Billhook Review

It isn't often I have a product to test in my garden where I actually say "Holy crap, this is awesome!" when no one else is around. Really. Products that good are really hard to come by because I'm fairly picky. A few weeks ago I was sent two items from Fiskars to try out. For disclaimer purposes I was not paid to try these tools out but was sent the tools to keep and use. The two tools Fiskars sent me were the Hatchet and the Billhook.               I was pretty excited to try out the hatchet. After all it's an ax and what isn't cool about that? I went around the garden eliminating weedy saplings at the root crown everywhere. It easily took out hackberry, Bradford pear seedlings, tulip poplar seedlings, and anything else I ran across. I tried it out on…

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A Look Around the May Garden

May is always a great time for the garden. Plants and flowers generally look great this time of year. The weather is beginning to warm but the oncoming heat of summer hasn't bleached out the beauty of the flowers and foliage. Many things are happening around the garden and here's a few images from my Tennessee garden at the end of May. Let's start today's tour with a few of the daylilies. This daylily is 'New Clown Face'. Hemermocallis fulva from the 'Space Coast' series of daylilies More blooms coming soon! Daylilies are one of those nearly trouble free plants. They are great for first time hybridizers as the flower parts are easily accessible! They really enjoy full sun so if you have a garden with very few trees they will do great for you! The hostas are doing really great this year too. Below are three hosta varieties in…

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Greenworks G-Max 20 Inch Twin Force Lawn Mower

Mowing season is in full swing here in Tennessee! It's that time of year when lawn and garden enthusiasts venture back into their grassy backyards to begin the weekly ritual of giving the lawn a perfect trim. There are lots of options to consider when thinking about that perfect lawn. One of those questions you may be wondering about is what kind of lawnmower would be best for your lawn? Today I'm going to share with you what I learned about testing the Greenworks G-Max 20 Inch Twin Force Lawn Mower. (Disclaimer: Greenworks sent me this mower to test and trial so that I could share my thoughts with you.) I was a huge fan of the chainsaw Greenworks sent me last year and was very excited to test out one of their mowers. Greenworks G-Max 20 Inch Twin Force Lawn Mower The Greenworks G-Max mower is a battery powered…

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Splurge On Spring With Monrovia Plants: Heuchera and Heucherella

Spring time is such an exciting time for gardeners. The weather is better, the garden is growing again, and it's time to add more plants to the garden! Thanks to Monrovia plants I splurged on plants for my garden the other day! Which one's did I add? Heucheras and heucherellas! Before I tell you more you might be wondering, what is a heucherella? A heucherella is simple a hybrid plant created by crossing a tiarella (foamflower) with a heuchera (coral bells). Both are in the same family Saxifragaceae which makes their hybridization a possibility. I've been a big fan of heucheras for a long time due to their unique appearance, resistance to common animals pests (those pesky deer and rabbits), and their drought resistance. Heucheras are now available in all kinds of colors. They tend to be shade plants but there are varieties now that can tolerate more sunlight and…

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2016 April Garden Gardening Update

If you're a gardener (and if you're reading this you probably are!) spring time excites you like no other season. April is a great month to get in the garden and get some work done but always remember to take a few moments to appreciate what's growing! Here's a quick rundown of a little of what is growing in my April garden in Tennessee. The Yoshino Cherry trees were spectacular this year! We had a storm this week that blew all the petals everywhere and it appeared like someone had a wedding in our backyard. The flowers only last a little while but they were amazing while they painted our yard in color. My red buckeye tree is just beginning blooming. This native plant is a hummingbird magnet and it's coming out just in time for the little birds to enjoy. My hops vine ('Cascade') is coming back nicely. It's…

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Annual Herb Sale presented by The Herb Society of Nashville

Every year the The Herb Society of Nashville holds an herb sale open to the public. This year the herb sale will be on April 16, 2016 at the Nashville Fairgrounds. Check out the information below from their press release for more details! The Press Release: The Herb Society of Nashville will hold its Annual Herb Sale on Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Nashville Sports Arena Building. The Annual Herb Sale is open to the public and admission is free (except for a $5.00 parking fee to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds) and will feature the sale of rare varieties of annual and perennial herbs, as well as all culinary herbs.  Credit and debit cards will be accepted. For more information, visit www.herbsocietynashville.org or contact Rhonda Galligan at rhonda.galligan@gmail.com or by phone 931-224-8947. Featuring: •Heirloom Vegetables •Rare Varieties of Annual and Perennial Herbs…

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The Spring Garden Progresses Ever Onward

We're in full fledged spring garden mode here in Tennessee. What does that mean you ask? Everything is blooming or budding. While allergy sufferers dread this time of year it still remains my favorite. I love the bright green colored grass as it comes up fresh from the earth. I love the play of the colors in my yard. My absolute favorite at the moment is the combination of redbuds and Yoshino cherry blooms; both of which grow very nicely in Tennessee. The early spring bulbs are sill emerging from the soil. The newest to arrive are the tulips. My tulips were planted years ago as a boxed combination of 'Negrita' and 'Shirley'. Unfortunately they have diminished over the years due to my ever changing garden. It will be time this fall to add some new tulips into the garden. As the spring garden progresses the chores must also commence.…

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