Showing posts from September, 2009

Add History to Your Garden

Have you ever wanted something unusual for your garden or something that would really get people's attention? How about adding a historical tree to your garden. Think how you would impress your garden visitors with a Red Bud tree from George Washington's River Farms or an Elvis Presley Southern Magnolia from Graceland. How many people can say that their Sycamore tree has been to the moon. How about having a seedling tree from the "Angel Live Oak" that is believed to be over 1,400 years old growing in your garden. Imagine a Japanese Cherry tree in full bloom in your garden that is an offspring from the cherry trees in Washington D.C. What could be more fun than spending time with your children or grandchildren planting a Johnny Appleseed apple tree in your garden. What a great way to connect our past, present and future by planting a historical tree.

American Forests Historic Tree Program provides tree seedling offspring from trees connected to famous people, places …

Thank You!

I would like to say "Thank you" to the readers of my blog "Garden Thyme with the Creative Gardener". I am honored to have been voted into Blotanical's final five in the categories for "Best Landscaping Blog" and "Best Indiana Blog". I appreciate your support and again thank you very much!

Happy Gardening!

The Creative Gardener

From Something Old To Something New

This past winter my gazebo roof was damaged during a storm. I didn't want to replace it or send what was left of the gazebo to the landfill. I had just planted a flower bed around the gazebo and to replace it with a new gazebo would mean removing part of the garden. Since replacement parts were no longer available, I need to come up with a new plan for the remains of the gazebo. After removing what was left of the roof, I purchased treated 16 foot boards and created a special decorative cut on the ends of the boards. I then added slots to the boards to fit over the frame of the gazebo. Once the boards were placed on top they formed a new roof. Now I have a pergola. I planted wisteria vines on the corners of the pergola and by next summer I should have a nice new green roof with fragrant wisteria flowers. Happy Gardening! The Creative Gardener

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day - September 2009

" Autumn Joy" Sedum
This month I decided to join the fun of Garden Blogger's Bloom Day. The garden is starting to look "tired" and very dry due to lack of rain. Fall is here and by looking at my garden and the amount of leaves on the ground, it looks more like late October than September. Enjoy the garden pictures and check out Garden Blogger's Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens at


Rose of Sharon



And more Mums!

Happy Gardening! The Creative Gardener

Latex Free Bamboo Gardening Gloves

The last couple of days I have not been gardening. My doctor said that I could not play in the dirt due to an allergy to my gardening gloves. I have an allergy to latex and my gardening gloves make my hands look terrible. The purpose of gloves are to protect my hands from splinters, thorns, dirt and all the other things that we gardener come in contact with in the garden. I have a vast collection of gloves, most of which make me itch, swell and make my hands look like dry prunes.

Latex is a natural rubber that comes from the rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis. Many gardeninggloves are coated with latex rubber. Since I garden professionally, my hands come in contact with this product regularly.

I just found a new type of gardening glove called "The ROC" by HandMaster. The glove provides UV protection, are antibacterial, anti-fungal, wicks moisture away from my hands and are breathable. They allow me to pick and weed out even the smallest of weeds. They are coated with Nitrile, whic…

Hostas in Your Garden Design

Hostas have become my favorite perennial for the garden. They add long lasting flowers in shades of white to deep purple, many which are fragrant, from early spring to late fall. What I really like about hostas are the leaf color that they provide in the garden during the growing season. Hostas have been hybridized into many colors and leaf patterns offering the gardener a large selection of plants that can perform in the deep shade to sun. By mixing different colors of hostas together you can have a spectacular garden.
Hostas are easy to grow and they take about 5 to 6 years to reach maturity. Each year as they grow their color, patterns and flowering just continue to improve with age. When purchasing hostas for your garden always consider the size the plant will grow to when placing it in the garden. Plants range from dwarf to giant in size. Plants can be purchased in local nurseries or mail order. Hostas prefer enriched, moist soil that is well drained and and slightly low…