Cynthia Sylvestermouse

I have been gardening all of my life, literally. When I was a little girl, I worked alongside my grandmother in her garden. As a young adult, my children worked alongside me and we discovered a world of fun gardening. Now my children are grown, and I am still gardening, at my own pace, in my own backyard garden retreat.

Black & Decker 17″ Blade Hedge Trimmer

Black & Decker 17″ Blade Hedge Trimmer

The Black & Decker 17″ Blade Hedge Trimmer is Perfect for Women (and Men) I love my backyard and I enjoy the results of my labor in my backyard, but not all jobs are easy.  I stand just barely over 5 ft and trimming our hedges and bushes can be challenging for me each spring.   […]

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Alexander Magnolia Tree aka Tulip Tree

Alexander Magnolia Tree aka Tulip Tree

Alexander aka Alexandrina Magnolia I love all Magnolias, from the huge, gorgeous Southern Magnolia to the smaller Little Gem Magnolia.  The Alexander Magnolia is one of my all time favorites. Some of the most beautiful spring flowering trees are magnolia varieties. When we moved into our current family home, we had to leave behind the […]

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Flowering Pear Trees

Flowering Pear Trees

Flowering Pear Trees ~ Our Gentle Giants My backyard is graced with two Flowering Bradford Pear Trees.  We call the Flowering Pear Trees our “gentle giants” because they are huge, but when the wind blows they sway like graceful ballerinas. Their peaceful countenance beckons you to want to just rest under their shade and just […]

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How To Paint Your Own Garden Figurines and Décor

How To Paint Your Own Garden Figurines and Décor

Painting Garden Figurines and Outdoor Décor Painting your garden figurines can add a unique and personal touch to your yard, patio and flower beds.  Over 20 years ago, I started painting a verdigris finish on the concrete figurines in my own private sanctuary, otherwise known as my backyard. After I painted my own backyard décor, […]

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Best Wooden Bird Houses

Best Wooden Bird Houses

Have Them Take Shelter Inside Best Wooden Bird Houses Wooden bird houses make the perfect nesting place for small birds.  We often see them flying around our neighborhood and, of course, they love flying, but they need a place to nest and a wooden birdhouse is a great nesting place. My family enjoys watching the […]

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Red Maple Trees

Red Maple Trees

The Beauty of a Red Maple Tree I have several Maple trees in my yard.  All Maple trees are beautiful, but in the fall my Red Maple tree is especially vibrant and strikingly gorgeous. The brilliant fall foliage is such a beautiful contrast to the overcast days and the fading summer beauty. I look forward […]

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How to Grow Hydrangeas

How to Grow Hydrangeas

Add the Beauty of Huge Blooms to Your Garden! I learned how to grow hydrangeas in my garden simply by watching my grandmother.  She had the biggest, most beautiful hydrangea bushes in the neighborhood, perhaps the largest in the city.  She also had a variety of color which I also thought was gloriously beautiful.  Of […]

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Rose of Sharon Flowering Bush

Rose of Sharon Flowering Bush

A Rose of Sharon Bush Makes a House Feel Like Home I love my Rose of Sharon Bush! When we moved into our house 21 years ago, the backyard was bare. There was no landscaping of any kind except grass.  It just seemed so lonely and uninviting.  Even before I finished unpacking all of the […]

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How to Weed-Proof and Grass-Proof Your Flower Beds & Gardens

How to Weed-Proof and Grass-Proof Your Flower Beds & Gardens

I love gardening, but I absolutely hate pulling weeds!  I have tried several different methods of killing the weeds and grass that are always determined to take over my flower beds.  Nothing has really worked well for me until I discovered the Perm-A-Mulch Pathway. There are a dozen things to love about this product, but […]

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Seedballz Seeds Of Hope Seed Collection

Seedballz Seeds Of Hope Seed Collection

Seeds Of Hope & Breast Cancer Seeds of Hope are a beautiful combination of flower seeds that features all pink blooms. This seed collection is meant to symbolize the hope for a cure for Breast Cancer. A portion of each sale of the Seedballz Seeds Of Hope Seed Collection is donated to National Breast Cancer […]

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