Where Our Garden Lives (Before/After)

Our home has the most trees of anyone near us. The squirrels know this, the bugs know this and it’s been a contributing factor to many house issues in our home. Bringing some sunlight into our yard would be beneficial for all involved. In addition to this, last year I heard someone I admire (Kathleen Clemons) say the words “I plant what I want to photograph” and her words stayed with me.  It’s so simple! I also met someone else who I also admire and inspires me and became a great friend (Nina – Patchwork Dahlias) I spent most of my time in her garden last year and it was during this time that I decided that I wanted to feel the joy I felt in her garden, in my own home. After spending countless hours away from my home and with flowers in many different locations and not ever wanting to leave, it was decided.  We will have this in our own home. I’m very excited. I’ve never done this before and accepted I do not have a green thumb, and that was what I believe, but I don’t anymore and I got flowers that are depending on me now and I am doing this!  My husband is worker and he has been busy working. He removed trees, landscaped the area and just this week completed the flower beds and boxes ready for the dahlias!  I’ve also planted a lot of flowers that will attract butterflies and bees – Everything but the dahlias have been planted.   I have had my Dahlia’s picked out since January and while I don’t like how quickly time goes by, I am very excited that this time is now!!  Here are the Before and After Shots of our garden!

Germination Has Begun!

Last year at this time I wasn’t familiar with the term “germination.” I didn’t know last year at this time I would be this excited to see the first seedling in my germination station come to life. I have never had a green thumb but being in the presence of new blooms and flowers is something I wanted to create where I dwell, in my own home. Every year since I can remember I go where the flowers are and enjoy very much how I feel in their presence. This seedling represents me putting to rest the belief that I do not have a green thumb and I can’t do this. I’m going to try my best this year to go get a green thumb and this morning, this seedling is the beginning! More updates to come!

First time Germination Has Begun!

I purchased a germination station. At this time last year I didn’t know what that was, but I like the name a lot – “Germination Station.” Our temperatures have still been below freezing so I’m just getting started. I’ve never done this before so not doing anything mission critical except for my milkweed. I really want a lot of milkweed to attract and help with the monarch population. We also have our first daffodils blooming in our yard so that’s very exciting. More flowers arriving this week!

Winter Visit With The Butterflies

This was a moment with my grandson captured by my husband. It’s hard to put into words how special this moment was for me. My grandson has taken a great interest in photography and I want to do what I can to encourage him and help him grow. We are blessed to live not too far from Hershey Gardens in Hershey Pa. I went for the first time last year and am now a member. We had a lot of firsts we experienced together today – our first time photographing together, first time photographing butterflies in the winter and our first time visiting some really interesting bugs!!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! I am finally starting to go through all the butterfly and flower photographs I took last season and catching up in general from the holidays. I’m excited to share them and relive those memories again. Last season was the beginning of something that changed in me. I decided that I needed some of that happiness in my own home, so this will be the first year growing my own flowers and I have already begun the planning. More to follow. In the meantime, here is a Dahlia taken last year. Prints available!


I never realized how much work goes into flowers, or at least Dahlias. I spent time today learning and preparing these Dahlia tubers for winter. Spring 2019 will be my first year growing Dahlias and many other things. Kathleen Clemons said in one of her classes that she grows what she wants to photograph and that statement really stuck with me. In addition to my new friend Nina who is teaching me, I’m so inspired and excited for what is to come. I look at this picture and just find it so hard to believe that they will become beautiful flowers next year! Crazy to me but this newbie gardener can’t wait!

New Green House Progress

After we removed 3 trees to make some sun, the foundation is starting for the new green house. Now this spot will get almost full sun and will allow for a lot of options we never had before as far as what we can grow. I’m excited to experience some of the joy I feel elsewhere with flowers in my own back yard! We are hoping to have this completed by Thanksgiving! More updates to come!

New Website and exciting things to Come!

Welcome to my new website!  I am still working on things but it’s almost complete and wanted to share it with you.  This spring and summer season has gone by so fast and I have been working so hard on talking my love of flowers and butterflies and doing something a bit different and am excited to share all of it!  In addition to the new prints and website I am also going to be (and am) a brand newbie gardener!  I do NOT have a green thumb at all, quite the opposite and have previously been content visiting outside places to visit my love for Blooms and Butterflies!  This year it became clear that I needed to gain more experience and create this happiness in my own back yard!  Our new greenhouse is currently under construction in our home that will soon house my own flowers and butterflies and I have excited to share the ups and downs and the photography, art and blog updates that go along with all of this!  Stay tuned much more exciting things are to come!