January 30, 2011

The Garden People's Choice Awards!


We shall neither fail nor falter; we shall not weaken or tire...give us the tools 
and we will finish the job.  

~Winston Churchill

It was informative learning which garden tools my fellow Facebook friends and gardeners liked best!  Hands down, shovels, metal rakes, hoes (woot hoot!), trowels, gloves, spades, and body parts were at the top of everyone's lists.  I especially enjoyed (and others did, too!) Kelly's entertaining and delightful response when asked to name three tools she could not garden without.  Here's what she said:  "trowel, hoe, and a good looking man with no shirt, nice and tanned ..."!  Now we all know the kind of gardening fun Kelly is having in Sheboygan, Wisconsin!

Learning what brands of tools other gardeners were using and highly recommended was priceless.  Without further ado, it is with great honor and a privilege to share a few tools of choice selected by you.


Bachi Gata
Fiskars Bypass Pruner

Hula Hoe


Corona Two-Handed Bypass Pruner
Hori Hori Knife


True Temper Ergo Gel-Grip Hand Weeder


Spring and the growing season is right around the corner!  As we all know, tools can be very expensive so it was most helpful learning from very skillful and experienced gardeners.  I think it is safe to assume that good garden tools are like good friends, we need them to grow!

Thanks again to everyone who contributed to the Garden People's Choice Awards!

May all your gardens grow!

January 23, 2011

Hot Ornamental Picks this Season!


 If the day and night be such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more immortal - that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. 

~Henry David Thoreau

Here's a few of our hot picks for landscapes and gardens this season.
Check back often as we photograph how we used them to create color, texture and interest!

Little Lime™ Hydrangea

Arctic Sun ™ Dogwood

Black Beauty™ Elderberry

Brandywine™ Viburnum

Coppertina™ Ninebark

Fine Line® Buckthorn
Black Lace™ Elderberry

Incrediball™ Hydrangea

Midnight Wine™ Weigela
Invincibelle®Spirit Hydrangea

Summer Wine® Ninebark

My Monet™ Weigela

Little Henry® Sweetspire

Arctic Fire™ Dogwood



Bloomerang™ Lilac


May all your gardens grow!

*Photos by Proven Winners®

January 08, 2011

Winter Wonderland in Michigan

Nature has undoubtedly mastered the art of winter gardening and even the most
experienced gardener can learn from the unrestrained beauty around them.

~Vincent A. Simeone








May all your gardens grow!