Saturday, April 30, 2011


My little shade garden is almost all up and lots of flowers are blooming already. Last Fall I dug out and divided a lot of plants in this garden. Everything had grown together. I, also, took out a kajillion brunnera plants like the one above with the little blue dancing flowers. They are a very invasive plant once they get established in your garden. Their seeds drop after blooming and they spread throughout your garden. I was working in the garden today and dug up lots and lots of babies. They just keep popping up!

I have two helliabores or lenten roses in my garden. The large one is Apple Blossom and the small one is a hybrid and is much darker in color than the picture above depicts.

There are several different kinds of bleeding hearts in the garden, also. Old fashioned with very deep pink blooms, chartreuse leaves with pink and white flowering varieties.

Managed to work in the garden today and got all the weeds out and the brush. Need to mulch in a couple of weeks. This garden has never been properly mulched, but, I feel that it really needs it and that the mulch would keep the Brunnera from spreading like it does.

Hope you enjoyed seeing some of my plants. In a few days, I will post another blog entry with more pictures from that garden.

Until then, Happy Gardening!

Rosemary, Garden Gate Designs

Saturday, April 23, 2011


Especially for the jewelry maker, my jewelry making supply shop is having an EASTER WEEKEND SALE. Receive an extra 10% off your order (does not include shipping) when you purchase from my shop this weekend. That is a total savings of 70%. Every brass finding, filigree and Chalcedony Gemstone is already marked down 60%. My shop will be closing as soon as it is emptied.

Don't miss out on this great sale. Still plenty of items left. Here are some pictures of some items from my supply shop:

Rosemary, Garden Gate Designs

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Farewell Little Garden

The back shade garden is finally gone. Today, members of the Nordonia Hills Garden Club came and dug out my entire back garden, dividing and potting up all the choice little shade plants that have thrived there for the last eleven years.

The Garden Club's Annual Plant sale is the first weekend in May and I had decided to donate all the plants to them for their sale. This aftertoon, six garden club members, along with the gal who heads up the garden club sale came with their pots and soil, gloves and shovels and spent two hours digging everything out of the garden.

It was amazing to see just how many plants there were afterwards, all in their new pots, ready to be labeled and sold to gardeners in the area for their gardens. Nice to know that my plant collection will all have new homes. I shall miss the little garden, but, as I wrote about in an earlier blog, it has become too difficult for me to garden in it as it is on a slant.

We have decided to extend our decks and now I will have room for a real seating area and lots of container gardens. So, goodbye hostas, ferns, epidemiums, solomon's seal, jack-in-the-pulpit, trillium, wild ginger, ground nettle, bee balm, shasta daisy and any that I may have forgotten about. It has been a great 11 years having you all in my garden, coming up every Spring and filling in every Summer.

Many thanks to Lillian, Jackie, Betty, Wayne and Carrie. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I could not have managed it without all you wonderful garden club members.

Now, time to call for deck estimates! Yeh! I will be posting pictures during and of the finished product. Should be a great Summer outdoors this year!

Rosemary, Garden Gate Designs

Saturday, April 9, 2011


It is time for all good things to come to and end, and I have decided that Garden Gate Designs Supply shop on ArtFire is closing for good.

You can enjoy a sizable discount in the way of 60% off every item in my shop; from Brass Findings and Filigrees, Vintaj Line of Natural Brass, Chalcedony Gemstones and Glass Pearls.

As an example:

Come check out my Supply shop at: for some amazing deals while supply lasts!

Rosemary, Garden Gate Designs