Thursday, December 27, 2012

After the Blizzard

The day after Christmas came as a blizzard for the Indianapolis area.  We received 7 1/2 inches of snow.  The wind was blowing hard as the snow came down making it difficult to see.  Today is another story.  The blizzard has moved on and the sun is shining, making it a great time to walk in the garden and take some photos of the beauty that the snow has left behind. Enjoy the photos!

Dried Hydrangea flowers.


This bird nest is not hidden in the Wisteria anymore.

Weeping Spruce

The toad barn is empty this time of the year.

Even the weeds retreated to a protected spot from the snow.

I hope you enjoyed the photos. Don't forget to check back for my next blogs reviewing some very new plants.

Happy Gardening!


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My Favorite Gardening Guy

In October of this year, I attended the Indiana Master Gardener State Conference in Hamilton County.  I had heard that Paul James would be the guest speaker for the banquet.  Over the years, I had watched Paul on television talking about gardening and having the opportunity to see him was a MUST.  Paul's show was called "Gardening by the Yard" and each week he would interview many people in the industry who would share their knowledge about plants and gardening.  Paul filmed his show in his own yard, which made it more special to me.  I wasn't seeing an expensive yard that was out of my reach, but a yard of another Master Gardener.  Every weekend, my Saturday or Sunday began with watching Paul in his yard making gardening fun with his humor.  I really miss seeing his show.  "Thank you" Paul, for sharing your gardening knowledge, humor and inspiring all of us who love gardening. I know that you inspired me!
Debbie and Paul James - The Gardener Guy
(picture by Karen Kennedy)
Happy Gardening!
Update:  This past year has been a very busy time for me and the new year brings new opportunities.  I have closed and retired from my garden maintenance business.  I plan to enjoy working in my own garden, spend time working on all those DIY projects that need to be started and expanding my garden writing.  I hope that everyone has a Happy Holiday and a great New Year!

'Golden Shadows' Pagoda Dogwood

Years ago, I purchased a very small tree that was only 6 to 8 inches tall. It was a 'Golden Shadows' Pagoda Dogwood. It had beau...