While attending a marriage seminar on communication, Tom and his wife Peg listened to the instructor declare, "It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other." He asked Tom, "Can you describe your wife's favorite flower?" Tom leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and whispered, "Pillsbury All-Purpose, isn't it?" The rest of the story is not pleasant. —Author unknown

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Like a garden, a blog needs something new

I’m constantly moving plants around in my yard, or tucking new ones here and there. So it’s in that same spirit that I decided I’d change my “theme” or appearance of my site. (I use WordPress.org).

But I’m a gardener/writer, not a tech geek. It took me three FTP server downloads, dozens of fruitless attempts at [...]

Getting that old hydrangea to bloom

A reader wonders what to do about a hydrangea that’s not blooming:

We moved to an older farm house (southwest Iowa) after living in our home for 30 years!!!  Great way to get rid of stuff .  There were little flower beds at the new location, but there is a hydrangea bush.  It didn’t bloom [...]

10 reasons to love hydrangeas

Due to plain good luck, I’ve been given quite a few hydrangeas to test over the past couple of years. I admit I was dubious. The hardiness of bigleaf (Hydrangea macrophylla) hydrangeas in particular I thought would be a little dicey here in Zone 5b in Iowa. I didn’t think they’d really measure up to [...]

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