Flowers both inside the house and in the garden have always had the power to lift my spirits and make me smile. Flower arranging is itself joyful. Creating your own flower bouquet from the garden is simple once you learn basic flower arranging techniques. Even the winter garden is filled with possibilities.

Consequently, flower arranging techniques accompany each of my bouquets of the month. Click on the flower bouquet of the month tab to check out the flower arranging techniques. Then design your own flower bouquets. Designing your own flower bouquets and Christmas wreaths releases the artist in you.

It was flower arranging that initially spurred my love of gardening. The first few flowers I grew made me greedy for more. Consequently, I am passionate about flower gardening and flower arranging. I think of flowers the way most people think of money: there is never enough.

What I know about gardening, is firmly rooted in our six acre plot of ground. Over the past thirty years, our garden has grown up gracefully and is learning to care for itself. Many of the foolish endeavors of our youth together have faded and new ideas are more sensible and better grounded. My garden can be absolutely gorgeous one week and rather ho hum another. That is true of every garden. But I am rarely if ever without a bloom, even in winter. Both the intricate design of a single bloom and a whiff of perfume caught on the air can make me sigh. I’ve been known to crawl on all fours sniffing flowers along a border looking for an unknown scent.

The most important gardening advice I can pass along is, don’t pay attention to the “rules” of gardening. All too often I have discovered they add work without value. Look to your own backyard for answers—the special wisdom only nature can impart.

I like to see what a plant is going to do before I start pushing it around. Plants often teach me things I never learned in gardening books. This is the best gardening advice, tips from the garden itself. The longer you garden and the more you observe the plants, the more do-it-yourself tips for gardening you will compile. Hands-dirty gardeners write the great gardening books. Check out the books I have reviewed to learn the authors’ do-it-yourself tips for gardening.

I hope you will find do-it-yourself tips for gardening among my down-to earth practices. I promise if you practice them, you will enjoy gardening more and it will be less work. Hopefully, my website, with its reviews of gardening books, garden tour, gardening advice, flower bouquets, and flower arranging techniques, along with my gardening books, will help you unlock the secrets of your own garden.

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