May 10, 2018

My Greenhouse Sales

A Few of  My Backyard Plants
This spring has been a terrific time in my backyard. I opened my little Back Yard Nursery to the public on April 20 - after a fun private sale for my E-Mail list folks. Lot's of new people found me on Facebook and also by following the little signs I put all over town.

Here are a few of the plants still for sale. I'll be open every Friday and Saturday until the first weekend of June. Sign up for notices of special sales below the pictures. I promise not to send a bunch of useless emails - I don't have time and neither do you.

Butterfly Bushes


Fire Island Hosta

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April 27, 2018

I wanted to share this little chart about what grass may be best for your yard. I have deep shade so many grasses are not happy at my house. Maybe you have special circumstances in your yard too. Nothing accents our beautiful flowering shrubs and gardens like a beautiful green lawn.

Check A Green Hand out for other good gardening information 

For plant sale alerts at Mimi's Greenhouse

Compost Is Nature's Perfect Fertilizer

I've written a lot about compost and composting. Nothing "green" is tossed into the garbage at our house. We put all the veggie and fruit scraps as well as grass clippings and yard waste into the compost bins. I have a friend who calls it black gold and it truly is the best stuff God has created for our veggies and flowers.

With that in mind, I got an interesting email recently asking for permission to post one of my links to their site. The blog is a good one and I wanted to share one of their links with you. I'm a firm believer in sharing good information.
Check out

Composting Basics at Sumo Gardner

For plants sale notifications

April 20, 2018


Bouganvilla Baskets
OK, I'm going to reveal my secret. Nearly all the plants that I don't propagate myself, come from a wonderful greenhouse, I should say greenhouses, in McMinnville, TN. Mary's Greenhouse is located at 202 Meiser Lane between Smithville and McMinnville just off HWY 56. We go up Interstate 40 and get off at HWY 56 exit. We go through Smithville toward McMinnville but you can get there via I-24 also.

I don't even know how many greenhouses are at Mary's but I know it takes me several hours (even if I call ahead and have them pull my order) because I can't resist going into all the greenhouses to be sure I don't miss something new. Wear your walking shoes and layered clothing. It gets hot in the greenhouses even in early spring.

The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. you can pick up a map in the office to help you navigate all the greenhouses. I often call them from my cell phone when I'm down the hill in one of their big greenhouses and can't find a plant that I know should be there. They always know where I need to look.

The old adage, "a picture is worth a thousand words" applies here. I took lots of pictures in late March of this year when I went to pick up my spring order. Here they are with captions.
Office - check out here
inside checkout
one of the annuals plant houses    
Mary's big old cactus
one of several types of Pansies

One of the friendly employees delivers my pre-order

boxing the plants

loading our truck
view of the greenhouses from the side road
Looking down the hill toward the back lot

the annual plant greenhouses

April 13, 2018


Veggies & Mini-Hosta in Greenhouse 
Friday, April 20 is the first day for the public to come shop for veggie plants, herbs, perennial flowers and flowering shrubs, Hosta and other surprises too.

I'll be open every Friday and Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, until sometime in June. watch for closing day on Facebook and Mimi's Greenhouse webpage

Easter Cactus
These Easter Cactus actually bloom at Easter rather than Christmas. Supply is limited on these plants. I leave them out all summer and put them in before 1st frost. They are great in a hanging basket.


Butterfly Bushes

April 6, 2018

DIY Face Cream

I use mostly DIY products on my skin. I like knowing exactly what I am putting on my body and besides that, I'm cheap!

I needed a moisturizing night cream for my face. Good ole Google turned up this great recipe.  It's just what I wanted.

I decided to share it here on my blog so you can make it too. I copied it and pasted the recipe into a Word document so I could put it into my recipe ring binder. That way, if the "you know what" hit's the fan, I'll be able to continue to make it.

Here is the link to the blog where I found the recipe: Say Not Sweet Anne