Monday, March 15, 2010

Renee’s Garden Seeds

Hello Gardening Friends! 

Today I was so happy to get my new seeds in the mail from Renee Shepherd of Renee’s Garden.  I am now a test garden for Renee, and she has such wonderful heirloom seeds, I wanted to show you what I chose.  Many of these varieties are exclusive to her site.   The packaging is so beautiful, and include very good planting information too. 

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Renee's Garden Seeds Company information and customer service
About Renee's Garden Seeds

Our seeds are available online and at fine garden centers and nurseries.
We do not have a print catalog.

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At Renee's Garden, I offer only the varieties that are very special for home gardeners, based on great flavor, easy culture and exceptional garden performance.  This seed line is my personal selection of new, exciting and unusual seed choices of time-tested heirlooms, the best international hybrids and fine open-pollinated varieties. I  harvest and use the vegetables and herbs in my kitchen to choose the most delicious, and cut the flowers for bouquets to select the finest colors, forms and fragrances.

Colorful seed packetsOur individually written packets offer beautiful watercolor portraits, with personally written descriptions, complete growing instructions, a quick-view planting chart, growing tips, harvesting information and cooking ideas. Inside you'll find superior quality seed- the top germinating, reliable seed lots usually reserved for specialty growers. Renee's Garden is my practical way to spread the joy of gardening as a meaningful, productive and satisfying activity that connects us to each other and the earth.  Please join me!

Here is some of the things I will be growing this year….

Snapdragon Chantilly

Butterfly Snapdragon “Chantilly”

Plump, open-faced, fluted flowers closely spaced along tall graceful spikes -- a lovely candelabra of bloom. Our watercolor blend of creamy yellow, soft salmon, apricot-bronze, and candy -floss pink.

Cosmos Double Bon Bon

Cosmos Double “Rose Bon Bon”

Extra fancy, uniformly double blossoms packed with frilled petals in a rich romantic rose. This exceptionally beautiful and care-free new cosmos produces 3 inch flowers that bloom non-stop on long stems.

Alyssum Summer Peaches

Alyssum, "Summer Peaches"

New alyssum from skilled Dutch breeders. Honey-scented blossom clusters form a ground-covering pastel tapestry in soft peachy tones. Easy to grow, fast to bloom.

Foxglove Farie Queen

Foxglove, "Apricot Faerie Queen"  Biennial

- elegant cottage garden favorites for light shade. The tall graceful spires are draped with elongated bells in a new creamy soft apricot shade with delicately speckled throats.

Perfume Delight Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas, Antique, "Perfume Delight"

Heat-tolerant antique sweet pea blend of heirloom varieties, with an intense honey-orange fragrance, in a rich collage of vibrant single colors and bicolors.

French Larkspur Parisian Pink

Larkspur, "Parisian Pink"

Florist-quality Larkspur from our favorite French supplier. Branching 3 to 5 ft. tall spires packed with rose-pink double blossoms with just a hint of salmon.

Salvia Marble Arch

Salvia, "Marble Arch"

Unusual ornamental whose upper floral bracts display gorgeous flags of color in intense indigo-blue, rich rose and pure white. Improved, long-blooming Dutch selection.

Hollyhocks Apricot Peach Parfiat

Hollyhock, "Apricot-Peach Parfait"

Beautiful new double hollyhocks in luscious
colors. Sturdy tall 5 to 7 foot stalks are packed with powder
puff blossoms that unfurl in delicious shades of apricot and

Sweet Peas Saltwater Taffy Swirls

Sweet Peas, Scented, "Saltwater Taffy Swirls"

Very special long-stemmed "flake" varieties with big ruffled, fragrant flowers in soft pastel candy colors, swirled and sprinkled with deeper markings.

They are all so beautiful.  Thanks so much to Renee and others like her for keeping gardeners like me in mind…. who love old fashioned varieties…. which are very hard to find, especially the richly scented ones.  I am just so excited to see them in my own garden!


I am part of her “Seed Grow Project”  which will be so much fun…. basically I will be a test garden for new varieties…. what fun!  For that we will be growing a new nasturtium….

Nasturtium, Climbing, "Spitfire" 

Nasturtium, Climbing, "Spitfire" by reneesgarden.

Exclusive - Brilliant, scarlet-orange blossoms shine out amongst trailing green foliage, attracting hovering hummingbirds. Train up short trellises or tripods for a cascade of bright blossoms.

I can’t wait!!!  Thanks for visiting and Happy Gardening…..Brooke

Sunday, March 14, 2010

52nd Annual Indiana Flower & Patio Show


Hello Gardening Friends!


We just came back from a nice little trip to Indianapolis…..


for the Flower and Patio Show at the Fairgrounds….


This was my first time to go to this event.


To say we enjoyed it would be an understatement!


It rained all weekend, but it was worth it….


There were some incredible displays….


and beautiful combinations….


…..and loads of themed gardens, which my girls really enjoyed….


My favorite was the water features…..


And anything with a fireplace….. wow…..


They had tons of spring bulbs…. which I am patiently waiting for here at home…..


And a big theme was “found art”…. which was so nice to see.


This was a simple idea, but I just loved these…..


It was just great to see so many ideas…..








Did I have a favorite….. no, they were all beautiful….. thanks so much for all the work that these vendors put into these events.

Here is the site for the show, it goes on thru March 20th, so you still have time to see it!

Here is a page from the 2009 show as well with nice pictures too.


And take the kids, there is some neat things they will enjoy seeing!

Happy Gardening…….Brooke

PS…. I bought some really pretty lily bulbs there too for a nice price….gotta love that!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Garden Club Trip….Hilltop Orchids


Oh my do I have a feast for the eyes today!


Today our garden club visited Hilltop Orchids owned by Dick and Sandy Wells in Cloverdale, Indiana.



We were honored to be given a tour by Dick Wells, who is a legend in the Orchid field. IMG_4818

He told us today that he has bred over 150 orchid varieties…. many named after his family members and friends.


I really must say I was not very knowledgeable about these plants, but he was so informative…. he makes it all look easy.


And look at all the lovely plants he has in bloom!


I think he said he had over 60,000 orchids, most were in bloom during out visit.


There was just dazzling color everywhere you looked.


Such beauty for us “Spring Hungry” Indiana Gardeners!


The colors were so vivid.


Of course I am always drawn to the pinks….


Each one more fantastic than the last.


There were just so many to choose from, it was mind blowing.


He let us tour the entire greenhouse, and get close and touch the blooms.


I was almost afraid too, they were too beautiful…. and delicate.


I am sorry, I do not know all the names, there were far too many to keep track.


We stayed there for over two hours enjoying the over a quarter an acre of greenhouses.


We also got to see his breeding building, a sterile environment like a chemistry lab.


This bunch were getting ready to be shipped out.


But I must say if you are ever near I70, in Cloverdale, Indiana…..


Especially in December thru Early Spring when they have the best blooms……


Stop in and visit with Dick at Hilltop Orchids.


To me it really did feel like a once in a lifetime experience.


And yes, I did bring one home…. it is called a “Montclair”. Mine is not in bloom yet, but it looks like the one above. The reason I chose it is because it has a very spicy scent. I think it is much prettier in person, but this photo is from his website….here is more about the plant.

Sorry it is such a long post today, but how could I leave out such lovely pictures!

I couldn’t decide what ones to not use, so I used them all!

This is a video from where I was today….. cool huh?

Happy Gardening……Brooke

And thank you Dick for a very nice visit today!!