Blooming Garden Designs

Specializing in Natural and Sustainable Landscapes

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What type of gardener are you?


Rose plants are considered high maintenance plants because they need regular dead-heading to stay looking good throughout the season.

Don’t plant another plant until you read this…

Every landscape garden needs maintenance to keep plants looking healthy and the landscaping looking its best.

When designing or planning landscapes consider your time and ability to maintain the garden, make sure your plans and your plant selection match your maintenance type.

Which type are you?  Do you like:

  • High maintenance gardening – You are a highly dedicated gardener and/ or  plantaholic.  You love to work in the yard as much as possible; or,
  • Low maintenance gardening – You enjoy being outdoors and doing a bit of puttering, but don’t want to make a day of it; or,
  • No maintenance gardening – You hire professionals, want it to look great, but prefer not to do it yourself; .

Hiring a landscape consultant  can help you match your garden preferences with  plant selection.  Contact Blooming Garden Designs by Cindy for a free consultation.

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Ice Cream and Honey Bees

Ice Cream and Honey Bee??

I had heard of the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the honey bees, but I really wasn’t concerned till I learned…

1. Honeybees are responsible for 80 percent of the pollination for many fruits and vegetables, including apples, berries, cantaloupes, cucumbers and almonds.  I’m a big fan of fresh fruits especially berries and cantaloupe!!  (stat  cames from: U.S. Department of Agriculture)

2. Haagen Dazs Ice Cream is concerned. Check out this initiative.  Just think how bland ice cream would be without the bees!!

3. The loss of habitat for the bees may be causing the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Check out Vanishing of the Bees documentary.

So what can we do?

1. Financially support research programs

2. Plant a Bee friendly garden.

3. Learn Beekeeping 101, online 10 module course offered by Penn State

4. Watch and discuss ways to help the bees. Start with these two Bee documentaries: Vanishing of the Bees or   Silence of the Bees

Let’s Save Fruit for our Ice Cream Now!!!!

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Summer Saturday Fun

I love  Saturdays!!!

My husband and I start the day at the  Bloomington Farmer’s Market.   It’s just not summer without the sights, sounds, smells and people of this Central Illinois tradition.  We like to support local farmers and eat food grown locally and /or organically.

July  Saturday’s has been filled with local events including :

Sugar Creek Art Festival and the Grand Opening transportation Center.

This week we are heading to Sugar Grove Nature Center for music and blacksmith demonstration.

Blacksmith Demonstration
Saturday, July 21; 10:00 a.m.-noon
On the third Saturday of every month, the public is invited to observe members of the Illinois Valley Blacksmith’s Association as they work at the forge, across the parking lot from the Nature Center.  Watch them bend and twist metal into art!
Free; no registration required.

Acoustic Irish Music Jam Session
Saturday, July 21; 10:00 a.m.-noon
Acoustic musicians of all levels are invited to join an Irish-music jam session at the Nature Center on the third Saturday of each month. Experienced players will be on hand to lead beginners through a couple of tunes at a slow pace to start, then will progress to an up-to-speed session of traditional Irish tunes.  Listeners (and players) are welcome to come-and-go as they enjoy all of the other activities at Sugar Grove Nature Center.  For more details, contact Martha Tyner at
Free; no registration required.

SATURDAY EVENING, we have two great options

1. Back to Sugar Grow for

Twin City Amateur Astronomers Public Viewing Session: Asteroids, Meteors, and Meteorites
Saturday, July 21; 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Presentation will be followed by a sky tour using a night sky laser pointer and telescope viewing.  The program may be cancelled in the event of a cloudy sky.  Phone Carl at 309.830.4085 or Lee at 309.824.2804 to confirm if you are unsure.  For additional information, visit
Free; no registration required.

2. Attend the  Ain’t Nothing but the Blues Festival

Can’t wait for the weekend!  What are your plans?

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Save the Plants or Save the Water?

Since I love  plants and I want to conserve water, I am faced with this dilemma every year. So how do I decide what to save and what to let go to mother nature?

1st Priority

Newly planted trees, shrubs, perennials and lawns need adequate water,  about 1 inch every week — until they are established, usually two or three years.

2nd Priority

  • Vegetables and other food crops
  • Annual floral displays and containers.

Foods crops and annual floral displays can be watered every week to 10 days in normal weather patterns.  Container need daily or 2x a day watering.

3rd Priority

  • Established lawns can go six weeks or more without water. Lawns go dormant and will revive with rainfall or watering.
  • Many perennials will survive a few weeks without water.
  • Well-established shrubs and trees can go a couple of months.

Do you want to learn more about plant survival?  Surviving the drought: How plants survive the drought