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Spring Is Finally Here!

Spring is finally here! It seemed like this was going to be the year with NO spring. I remember a year when my mom told me Michigan had virtually no summer. That was the gloomy thought that entered my mind about this spring. But Joy! It happened! So I thought I would...
Gorgeous Window Boxes

Gorgeous Window Boxes

More in my pots and containers series—I love window boxes. I mean, I really love window boxes. This is the second...

Plenty of Pots

Plenty of Pots

I love pots! I can get as creative as I want. And this is the best way to add instant charm to a home or condo or an apartment or where ever you live. As you can see, I have everything from inexpensive clay pots to more expensive ceramic pots. There is a place for...

Flower Filled Fountains

Flower Filled Fountains

We had always wanted a fountain—love the sound of running water. When we saw this fountain on sale, we bought it and installed it close to our front porch, where we enjoyed it for several years. Then we decided to remove the old hedge along the foundation and, at the...

The Real First Signs of Spring

The Real First Signs of Spring

Most of us can barely wait for the first signs of spring. Crocus, snowdrops, dainty violas, pansies—all are welcome signs. But for me, the first real sign (!!) — and the most exciting part of early spring — was putting together the hanging baskets for our front porch....

Grandson’s Faerie Garden

Grandson’s Faerie Garden

When we constructed a faerie garden for our granddaughter, our grandson thought he might be interested also. So we decided to rework the area, above the retaining wall by the small patio, on our side yard hill and give that to him. This is the area where he played...

One Last Glimpse

One Last Glimpse

Before I leave our sidehill gardens, I am giving one last glimpse of the views along our driveway. We have, over the years, concentrated on our front yard and, more recently, our side and back yard gardens. And, while the sidehill part of our garden remains in flux,...

Going Downhill From Here Part 4

Going Downhill From Here Part 4

These photos are still of our hillside, but now above our little patch of woods (see Going Downhill From Here Part 3), and across from the area of our downhill paths (see Going Downhill From Here Part 2). We have a lot of area here to experiment with; some of what we...

Going Downhill From Here Part 3

Going Downhill From Here Part 3

In Going Downhill From Here #2 I promised I would show more of how we are trying to tame the hill that is our side yard. Like most of you, we have more ideas than we have money so our plans have to be implemented a little at a time. Sometimes we feel like we are not...

Going Downhill From Here Part 2

Going Downhill From Here Part 2

In Going Downhill From Here Part 1 it is clearly evident that our side yard hill is quite steep. (Understatement!) Putting in a retaining wall and a small patio was a good first step toward solving this challenge. But, of course, that left the rest of the hill to be...

Going Downhill From Here Part 1

Going Downhill From Here Part 1

Did I mention that our home is on a hill?? This photo sort of shows how steep our side yard is. When we first moved here, the neighbor kids used our hill for sledding on the days when we had snow! (Thankfully, it doesn’t snow very often!) But eventually we decided to...

Granddaughter’s Faerie Garden

Granddaughter’s Faerie Garden

When we saw that our granddaughter was interested in faerie gardens, and always wanted to help in my faerie garden, we decided to build a garden area just for her. We planted a Rising Sun redbud, a fast growing and pretty tree, in the center of her garden to give it...

My Faerie Garden

My Faerie Garden

While I have been involved in every aspect of our yard and borders, my faerie garden is totally mine. My hubby built the retaining wall (bottom of the page) so I would have a level place for my little garden. Then he planted the Chinese fringe tree (see Beginning at...

Lemons to Lemonade

Lemons to Lemonade

As I mentioned before, when we moved here, our yard was pretty much a blank slate. There were a few attempts at landscaping, including a small weeping cherry tree planted on the left side of our house, which was probably put in right before the house was listed for...

Past Successes

Past Successes

While going through photos for this blog, I came across some past successes in our front yard, some that were outstanding, and some that didn’t last for one reason or another. I will show more in another blog, but I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoy...

Beginning at the Beginning

Beginning at the Beginning

When my daughter and I restarted this blog, I decided to show first our side and back yard gardens and pathways because they are the latest areas that we have been working on. They have done very well this year but, as every gardener knows all too well, disaster may...

The Luck of the Irish

The Luck of the Irish

No, we aren’t Irish but this moss, sometimes called Irish moss (sagina subulata), is really beautiful on this path. I was told by someone “in the know” that it would not grow and thrive here. But I have grown it in my faerie gardens as lawns for the little faeries,...

A Walk On The Other Side

A Walk On The Other Side

In my last post, I talked about the pathway and flower border along side our house. This post will show you the other side of the path. This side had leyland cypress along it (see August 28, 2016); this made it the perfect border back drop and wind break. But because...

Whimsey Among the Flowers

Whimsey Among the Flowers

In this post, I would like to show you more of the garden, whimsey and pathway on the side of our home. Inspiration can come from many sources: other’s gardens, garden centers, and Pinterest to name a few. In this garden all three had a role to play. Our front yard...

Beginning Again!

Beginning Again!

My daughter and I debated whether to continue this blog; she has been very busy with her career, and I have been—well, just busy since my hubby retired. But our garden has changed so much since my last post, and Jen loves our garden, too—after all, she grew up here,...

Welcome to My Garden

Welcome to My Garden

Hello, Faerie Garden Friends. I promised last year to be better at keeping this site updated regarding our faerie gardens and how they are doing. I really did intend to do just that—honest! But some of you know that I broke my ankle a little over a year ago and then...