Author Archives: Sharon L. Clemens

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.


Door County, Wisconsin, is a peninsula of calm between Green Bay and Lake Michigan.  After a demanding summer repairing out buildings, gardening, teaching and helping our children ready The Groveland Chapel for business under their management, we are ready for an escape to … Continue reading

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Garden Maintenance–Where Did My Morning Go?

Sling for a Melon                                                    Butternut Squash [winter squash] Leaving a second cup of coffee on the counter, I ducked outside–just to water the containers on the back porch, mind you…  Two hours later, I am reheating the coffee in the … Continue reading

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White Wash on a Hot Day

The large chapel porch has a new coat of paint.  It was a daunting task with so much gingerbread trim and lattice work.  But the family crew did it together to the sounds of The Drive oldies on the radio.  It … Continue reading

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It was fate when I found a Schwinn Spitfire at a flea market in Wisconsin and a bike basket at a garage sale in Illinois.  They were meant to go together.  Our son thought I was buying it to pose … Continue reading

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June Flowers–The Garden At Its Peak

June is my favorite month for flowers in the garden.  Perhaps that is why brides like it so much?  The peonies are hard to beat, but when the oriental and field lilies begin to bloom incandescently, they take the starring … Continue reading

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Perennial Garden Beauty

 Double Pink Peony As the peonies slowly “go over” for another season, I want to take a moment to enjoy the sweet scent and pearly beauty of this double pink peony.  The aroma is a cross between the rose and … Continue reading

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Take in a flea market.  Check out More on 34 June 16-17 Say goodbye to the Peonies and hello to the Oriental Lilies Toss fresh cilantro into your fresh spinach and kale salad Pick June strawberries Watch your tomatoes grow Plan … Continue reading

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