Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


the mixture of coneflowers in my garden this summer have been spectacular.  they have multiplied and extended far beyond the space i created for them.  so, this fall i will divide and share them with other sun filled areas of my yard.

coneflowers typically have a cone center and are considered an herbaceous perennial.  their green leaves begin early in the season, with the flower petals developing later in the summer. some species are known to attract disease, but my flowers this year have grown wonderfully disease free.  early in the season, i spray the first leaves near the soil with a fungicide and this has seemed to prevent the disease from even beginning to form on the plants.

i have enjoyed mapping out my garden bloom schedule this year, and have had at least one type of flower in bloom since late April this year.  these coneflowers are a wonderful addition to my august garden of blooms; where garlic chives, mums, baby's breath, roses, bee balm, and sweet peas are blooming.

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