Christmas Wish

December 14, 2014

cmas wish


A Winter Wonderland You Won’t Believe

December 2, 2014

Yesterday I took the seasonal Winter Wonderland Tour at Rewindthyme Country Estate. I could hardly wait to share my excitement with you. And, yes, encourage those who live in the surrounding areas* to book a tour while spots are available. This was my third visit and I am still in awe.

Over 50 fully decorated Christmas trees, including vintage silver trees, and much more embellish the already incredible rooms filled with hundreds of antiques skillfully displayed from the floor up. Some of the rooms have antiques on the ceilings! There are seven generations of antiques, wall phones from Hearst Castle, and train and toy collections you will most likely recognize from your childhood.

I hope you are able to visit Winter Wonderland where the spirit of Christmas—the gift of sharing—and past memories come alive.



Winter Wonderland is open by Reservation Only through December 21. Kim Fruits, estate owner, offers Special Family Rates, Group Tours, Limited Corporate Business Tours and much more! For information call Event Coordinator Wayne at 1-800-824-0463.

*Winter Wonderland is only forty minutes south-east of Sacramento, CA, and fifteen minutes from Lodi Wine Country.

Click here to read about the gardens and how this incredible estate began.


From my home to yours

November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers at In and Around the Garden. I hope you have a wonderful day filled with family and friends and delicious food you worked so hard to prepare for those you love and cherish. I am grateful for your visits to my blog and for your comments and support.

May you have a happy, safe Thanksgiving. I hope your day is filled with bountiful blessings!

Dianne Marie Andre



Live Forever . . .

November 20, 2014

. . . that is the meaning of Sempervivum, more commonly known as hens and chicks. Now, here’s the kicker. The mother hen (or main rosette) lives two to three years, not forever! But she produces so many chicks you’ll always have future generations—thus the reason for naming this succulent Sempervivum.

But don’t be fooled by all the little chicks. This plant is not invasive.

The chicks can be transplanted at any time. When the mother hen dies it is best to divide and replant the chicks close together. This succulent loves to be cozy.

Which one becomes the hen when the chicks are orphaned? I suppose the largest chick, the one that gives birth first!

Click here, to see a photo of the hens and chicks below when I had first planted them.










Zones: 3 – 11

Full – part sun

Well-drained soil, drought tolerant, water when soil dries out.



Capturing Summer and Autumn Blooms #5

November 4, 2014


Tis the season for mums. This potted beauty (sorry, I don’t know the variety) sits in my back patio where I can see the bright sunny hue from inside the house. For tips on growing and caring for mums watch Jerry & Autumn Horrocks’ video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2Ysv5Y6tYo.


Capturing Summer and Autumn Blooms #4

October 31, 2014


New Guinea Impatiens

Plant note:


White, pink, lavender, purple, orange, red

Shade to half day of sun

12-18 inches tall

Zones 9 – 11


Capturing Summer and Autumn Blooms #3

October 29, 2014


Variegated Lacecap Hydrangea

(Not a summer or fall bloomer but the foliage is as pretty as any flower)

Plant Note:

Partial sun

4 to 6 ft. tall and wide

Spring lacecap blooms


zones:    5 – 9


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