Donielle Flynn

Weekdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

It sounds crazy, but here we are. I love gardening. I can’t wait to have some color in the Spring. I try to gear my flowers so that something is blooming at all times, but it’s more than that. My flowers are a seasonal scrapbook. I have flowers from friends’ and family’s yards. Double daylilies from Grandpop’s yard in Philadelphia. Iris from our home in Maryland. I have a ton of flowers from my mom and dad’s yard in Flushing. My dad loved to garden too. It’s something we did together. When their home was sold, I actually put it in the rider that not all flowers would remain (my brother was pretty annoyed by this, but he still let me do it). I dug up daffodils, flags (it’s a flower, but I only know it by that name), succulents, iris, hibiscus, and lilies. I even have flowers from my son’s elementary school flowerbeds.  I didn’t leave messes behind.  I just took a piece and made it look like it was never there to begin with.

I love all my flowerbeds, but my favorite is a tiny spot surrounding my mailbox. It’s got a little bit of everything shoved in there. lol… daffodils, daylilies, iris, succulents, tiger lilies, and clematis. The clematis is blooming right now and I am in love with my mailbox.

Doni's Mailbox flowers

  • Hey! I want to do that!

    It’s not hard. I re-purposed some bricks from our old patio for the frame. I planted small amounts of each (although currently, the irises are trying to take over). I bought one of those trellis pieces from Home Depot and attached it to the mailbox. Planted the clematis at the bottom and let them do their thing. If you have a metal mailbox, this may not be for you. The mailbox gets smoking hot in the sun and the clematis definitely do not like it. I really did NOT do a lot to achieve this look. I just guided the clematis a few times to stick with the trellis piece and that was it.

    Doni's Mailbox flowers

  • Let Me Tell You About My Band of Gnomes

    In addition to my gardening, I am home to gnomes.  My sister, Mary painted these for me and then DROVE THEM from Texas, up to Michigan.  I 100% love them… and her.  I wish I knew how to paint like that, but sadly, I don’t.  Meet Keith.  He’s my drummer.  He likes shrooms.

    Doni's gnomes - Keith Moon

  • Band of Gnomes - on lead vocals

    Jerry is my front man. He keeps on truckin’ his cart through my flowerbed. Sidenote: I also have stepping stones in my gardens from my kids at different ages. I HIGHLY recommend stepping stones. It’s such a cool moment in time to preserve.

    Doni's gnomes - Jerry

  • Band of Gnomes - Brian on Guitar

    I chose Brian for my guitarist because he’s reading.  You don’t get to be an astrophysicist without reading some books.  My gnomes are the champions, my friend.

    Doni's gnomes - brian may

  • Band of Gnomes - Entwistle on Bass

    This dude is just chilling.   That’s what I think you need for a great bass.  John Entwhistle had to be chill to handle the very big and, sometimes, crazy personalities of The Who.  Take a load off, dude.  You deserve it after such an amazing career lifting the bass to a lead instrument through your talent and technique.  Rest easy, brother, and thank you for what you did for the world of rock and roll.

    Doni's gnomes - Entwhistle

    I LOVE Summer and gardening AND rock and roll… check out some of my favorite summer tunes.

  • Summer Songs