I love watching the things I’ve grown so carefully with love and care make another person smile, whether it’s flowers from my garden or extra vegetables we give to our neighbors in the summertime. I’ve read dozens of books on gardening, composting, seed saving, and helping colorful flowers bloom early, and I own dozens more books on the subject. Here are my favorites that are easy to understand, with useful, correct information, are great references, and are great for any skill level.
The Gardens of Versailles at the Château de Versailles, approximately 12 miles southwest of Paris, France, is one of the most magnificent gardens I’ve ever visited. It’s an incredible 2,000-acre garden that was first built in 1624 but looks quite similar to how it would have nearly 400 years ago. We visited during our time in Paris as a day trip, and I was absolutely blown away by the complexity and sheer magnitude of these gorgeous gardens. Truly, I’ve never seen anything like it. I can’t even imagine how this space would have wowed visitors centuries ago who had little in the way of a frame of reference.
In my most recent Houseplant Care Livestream, I’ve shared my tips and tricks for not only taking excellent care of houseplants ranging from tropicals to desert plants and everything in between, but I’ve also shared how to propagate your houseplants. That is, I’m sharing how to divide plants up to create even more enviable greenery…
Tulip Time is a lovely festival that takes place each spring in Holland, which celebrates Dutch heritage, Dutch dancing, Dutch fashion, and of course iconic Dutch tulips. Millions of tulip bulbs are planted every fall by volunteers and city staff, and they burst into colorful bloom late April to early May, just in time for, well, Tulip Time!