Pumpkin Smash 2012

By on Sep 23, 2012 in Fall |

Fall officially arrived at 10:49 AM on Saturday September 22 with the fall equinox. After a hot dry summer I think a lot of people are ready for some cool fall weather. We decided to celebrate with Pumpkin Smash 2012. After this summer’s drought it seemed appropriate considering a pumpkin is 80% to 90% water. We rang in the fall season similar to the New Year’s Eve ball drop by dropping a giant pumpkin on it’s gourd to celebrate the moment!                  

Birds of Prey

By on Feb 10, 2012 in Birds |

During the Flowerland radio show a number of our listeners sent in more backyard wildlife pictures. Here are some pictures from listeners of my radio show this past Saturday. The first picture was sent to us to confirm the Heron nests a tenth of a mile from the Pierson exit on US 131. In addition pictures were sent in by listeners of Cooper’s Hawks, Barn Owls and even a Coyote. In addition I’ve posted a picture of a beautiful owl that visited us at our live event that attracted huge crowds at both the Alpine and Kentwood Flowerland stores. More Birds of Prey sightings with this mild winter. With no or little snow cover to afford protection for mice and voles and other bird of prey snacks, it’s not a “fig-leaf” of your imagination that sightings have increased. Check out this picture from Leigh who snapped this picture in her backyard! Join me along with...

Spring is right around the corner

By on Jan 6, 2012 in Spring |

Spring is right around the corner. The weather here in West Michigan this past December and so far in January has been down right balmy. For us hardy Michigan folk some sunshine and temperatures in the 30’s and 40’s gets us giddy and ready to garden! In anticipation of spring 2012 P Allen Smith will join me on my radio show Saturday January 7 to talk about his new book Seasonal Recipes from the Garden. If you want to break away from your seed catalog reading and dreaming you can come out to hear him speak at the DeVos Place here in Grand Rapids on Wednesday January 11 at 3 PM. Here is the link to register for the event: http://www.plantmichigangreen.com/education Proven Winners is also bringing an exciting event to West Michigan….their Outdoor Living Extravaganza on Saturday April 14. This enjoyable and educational gardening event and seminar will take place in 4...