March 22, 2019

It Will Be Retro For A Few Weeks

It's almost time to open Mimi's Greenhouse for the plant selling season, I'm working on the second book in the "Mary" series and my mom needs my help too. Soooooo the blogging has to take a backseat for a while.

I'll bring back some of my most favorite posts each week for a while. Let's start with some spring related posts about seed starting and veggie gardening. click the title to go to the post.

 Seed Starting 101 

Rooting Sweet Potato Plants in Water       

Notes from Papa's Garden Journal - Growing Tomatoes

Next week's topic: Favorite Flowers 

March 15, 2019

My Beautiful Hellebore

One of the earliest spring flowers to bloom are Hellebore. Mine have been blooming for a week or so now. I bought mine from David Culp. David is a renowned horticulturist from the northeast United States. I wrote a post about his wonderful gardening book a few years ago.

I post about my Hellebores nearly every spring. They are so exotic and beautiful. They bloom just when I am about to go stir crazy from the bleak cloudy days of winter. I will have some babies from mine for sale this spring at Mimi's Greenhouse. They are seedlings from the ones in my garden. You never know for sure just what color the flowers will be. Sometimes they will be totally different from the parent plant.

Today was cloudy and rain was in the forecast. I took a walk down the garden path to see the blooms. The Hellebores have been in bloom for a couple of weeks now. I had my cell phone and could not resist making this video. Enjoy!

Other posts about Hellebores: Flowers Outside in Winter, Winter Blooming Flowers

March 1, 2019

Some Oldies but Goodies

I've been blogging about gardening and plants since 2009...that's a lot of weekly posts. Today I want to share some of my favorite and most useful posts from over the years. Just click the title to go to that particular post. This first one is pretty relevant for a cold winter day like today. I don't know about you but I'm ready for Spring!  
Spring Fever Advice 

These next ones are about seeds:

These are about starting seeds. It's time to do that you know. I already planted lettuce and Kale in my big tubs by the house. 
These next are about what to do once your little plants have sprouted.

Greenhouse in winter
These posts should keep you busy for a while on a cold day in February. I love to go out to the greenhouse on a cold day. It feels like spring in there! It won't be long before we will be outside digging in the dirt again!

February 22, 2019

What good ideas I've found on Pinterest!

I found this blog post on Pinterest. It's about how to keep fleas, ants, and roaches away...Who knew? Here's the link

Then there was this How to Make Essential Oil Candles. I'm going to try this one for sure.

Tried and True Essential Oil Recipies From My Blue Daisy  I like the lotion bars.

And then there is eatable cookie dough...yum!
 For you crafty folks: This says Easter crafts but there are some really cute general ideas here too.

Follow me and check out my boards here: Mimi's Greenhouse on Pinterest

February 15, 2019

House Plant Tips

African Violet blooming in my window
Yes, I waste quite a bit of time on Twitter but I find some really good things there too. Like this really helpful blog post about taking care of your houseplants in winter. Peroxide and water - who knew???

Read the post here: The Spruce

Don't forget my Book Blog if you are an avid reader or maybe a movie addict, sometimes I post about movies we have seen too.                                                                                                 

February 8, 2019

How to Protect Yourself While Working in the Garden

Today I have a post from Nadya Jones from Allen Roth HQ. Here is her post about protecting ourselves when we are out there digging in the dirt!

 How to Protect Yourself While Working in the Garden:
Are you worried about the effects that exposing yourself to the hot summer sun could be having on your skin? If you live in one of the warmer parts of the US, such as Tennessee, and you love gardening, you may well find yourself regularly concerned about issues such as sunburn, heatstroke and even longer term skin conditions.

How can you protect yourself? Our top tips are designed to help keep you safe in the sun.


The shade is your best friend when working in the garden. You must have a shaded area. If you are going to do activities which can be done anywhere in the garden then choose the shade. For instance, pot plants in the shade and then move them into position. Even birds try to stay in the shade when the sun is beating down on them!

You can even make the shade come with you, with a pop-up canopy. These can be easily moved around and don’t have to cost a huge amount. Just ensure you have a canopy with adequate UV protection.

Apply (and Reapply) Sunscreen

Protecting your skin is vital. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you’re going to be out in the garden, and then reapply every two hours. This is advice given by Skin Cancer experts. Even if it is cloudy outside, the sun can still have negative effects on your skin.

Some people think that the sun doesn’t have an impact on their skin due to the fact they don’t visibly burn, but this doesn’t mean the rays aren’t having a long term impact. Everybody needs to wear sunscreen, any age, any skin type.

Avoid The Hottest Hours

The sun’s rays are at their most powerful close to midday. 10 am until 3 pm is normally the warmest time in the day, and noon is when the sun is highest. Avoiding being outside at this time, if you can, is wise.

If you can get up nice and early to do your garden work, before the sun is high in the sky, you are less susceptible to burns or heat-based illnesses.

Adequate Clothing

A hat can provide some shade and a cooling effect. Don’t worry about getting a fashionable hat, just choose the best for protection. This may mean a good old fashioned straw hat.

Sunglasses with UV protection are another good way to protect your face and eyes from the perils of the sun.

As well as these accessories, loose-fitting clothes which won’t keep all the heat packed in can help you to avoid overheating.

Check the UV Forecast

Some people don’t even know that this exists. Most weather channels and websites will show you the UV forecast which is based on the strength of UV rays which are likely to be in your area.

Check websites such as Sunburn Map for reading in your location. Just like the main weather, it isn’t 100% reliable, but it gives a good idea of how the conditions may be. This doesn’t mean that you can ignore precautions, but lower UV rays will lower the risk.


Have you enjoyed our post? Are you ready to get the most out of your garden without having to worry too much about the effects of the sun? Feel free to share our tips with those who will find it useful, or leave your own advice in the comments. Are you worried about the effects that exposing yourself to the hot summer sun could be having on your skin? If you live in one of the warmer parts of the US, such as Tennessee, and you love gardening, you may well find yourself regularly concerned about issues such as sunburn, heatstroke and even longer term skin conditions.