Saturday, May 31, 2008

Back door welcome-Annie Style

My red white and blue welcome from my back door.

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rhubarb Cherry Jam

It's that time of year again. I must make enough of this jam to last me a year. It's my favorite on toast, english muffins, or a bowl of vanilla ice cream for that extra special treat.
Rhubarb Cherry Jam

I still have 10 more cups to make into some jam. I am looking for a new recipe to try.

Why did the rhubarb call 911?It was in a jam.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Flowering Crab in full bloom

My flowering crab is in full bloom, so of course I had to plant my annuals under it. So many blooms, here for but a short time.

I will be the gladdest thing under the sun!I will touch a hundred flowersAnd not pick one.- Edna St. Vincent Milla
My hostas and sedum is coming up very nice this year. We added the the sidewalk bed last year.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Thistledown, Bonduel, WI

Oh my, someone is living my dream..... Thistledown Greenhouse.
John and Lori Nero
W5039 Landstad Rd.Bonduel, WI 54107
Business Phone: (715)758-6388
E-mail address:

There is so much to experience and learn from this place. I will be making another visit to this greenhouse as the season progresses. I posted a lot of pictures. (to get a better look, I encourage you to click on the pictures to see a larger version) It is hard to place into words how happy I was finding a place like this. It is a gem for the gardener at heart. A diamond in the rough.

This is not your ordinary greenhouse. We were surprised by a colorful peacock walking across the gravel driveway.

We parked and we were quickly greeted by two very friendly greeters, that were happy to see us. I think if I would have let them, they would have planted a few very wet kisses on me.

As we enter the main greenhouse, again we are greeted by some very colorful greeters. I am sure they feel like they have to compete with all the color these plastic walls contain. A feast for the eye, as well as the soul.

They have a very extensive collection of colorful succulents. A wide selection of miniature plants and bloomers for Faerie Gardens or small spaces.

I think I just found a new hobby, for the long cold winter months here. I have had a doll house in my attic for many many years. I think I just may have to get it out and use it for part of a display. But instead of focusing on the miniatures inside the dollhouse I will focus on the outside. Better yet, maybe I can turn it into my own miniature dream house with a greenhouse.

Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares aboutdoing it right, or doing it better. - John Updike

Fairy and dish garden items.
One of our new friends finding a spot of shade for a little nap time.

A little fairy garden! Awesome Idea!!!
Each garden has its own surprise.- Susan Allen Toth

Making the simple complex is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.- Charles Mingus

Edgewood Hostas, Kaukauna, WI

Edgewood Hostas
W2784 County Road JJ Kaukauna, WI

This is small greenhouse located in the backyard of the most delightful lady you will ever want to meet. She calls herself chatty Patty, she is wonderful to talk to. Ideas and suggestions over flowing. I always make sure I visit her at least once a year, if nothing else just to chat and check out her beautiful display gardens. Her greenhouse is spotless and she sells only top quality plants. She will even dig something you want, right from her own garden, which she did today for Paula and I. A must visit!!!

"You are as welcome as the flowers in May."- Charles Macklin