April 12, 2019

My Greenhouse Adventure

I don’t think I’ve ever talked about Mimi’s Greenhouse here on my blog. Maybe it’s about time.

Long ago and far away, in another life, I had a big commercial greenhouse in Robertson County, TN. It was called Sunlight Farm. I grew and sold quite a large variety of plants but I specialized in Hosta and Clematis vines. Well, a few years after starting that business, life happened and I found myself single again after 25 years of marriage. I sold the farm and greenhouse and went to work. I had a great job, traveled all over the continent met some really great folks and bought a little house in the city of White House, TN.

I remarried and moved into Bill’s big house in Hendersonville, TN. I kept my house and my pretty gardens in White House. Bill is an artist but not a gardener and I missed my little house with the big gardens. I talked Bill into selling his big house and moving us back to White House.

For my birthday after that move, my mom gave me a little greenhouse. It didn’t take long before I was having plant sales and Mimi’s Greenhouse was born.

I later added another small greenhouse and we built a large art studio/office so we could have a place to check folks out and do all the computer work required.

Mimi's is open every spring from the middle of April to the first weekend in June. I sell a large variety of perennials, annuals, herbs, hanging baskets, shrubs, and hosta. 

Our first sale this year starts this weekend, April 12/13. Hours are 9:00 - 4:00. Come see me if you are near White House, TN   219 Robert Ave...watch for the plant sale signs! Here are a few pictures from past sales and some of the plants we sell:







March 29, 2019

Favorite Flowers

Another Retro post. This one is about flowering shrubs and vines. Click the post title to go to the original article. Remember you can search my blog by entering keywords in the search gadget on the right sidebar too.

Clematis
















Hydrangea











Peggy Martin Roses












Camillia


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.

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