Butterflies and Wisteria

| June 24, 2013

Today I got to see for the first time a butterfly unfolding and drying out. I wish I had gotten to see it emerge from its cocoon but I was a little late. My cat was very interested too, but thankfully I was able to get the butterfly to climb on my finger so I […]

Sunshine and new days

| May 3, 2013

It is the day after our last freeze warning (fingers crossed) and we did not lose any plants. I feel truly blessed. I have never been able to spend this much time on a garden or had one this size. It has taken my husband, his mother and myself to start this from scratch. We […]

The wonders and frustrations of gardening

| May 2, 2013

For me, gardening brings me peace. It is a way of meditation. Oh, I also love getting my fingernails dirty and planting seeds that someone had discarded as too old or infertile. Then I get to watch them grow, water them lovingly, knowing that soon I will make beds for them to thrive in the […]

It’s All Coming Up Roses (and various other plants as well :-)

| April 29, 2013

My garden is doing fantastic! With the warmer weather, everything is blooming. We have a magnificent passion floer vine, and I have tomato plants that the birds planted in various spots throughout the garden. We have gotten our fall seeds and started them inside under the lights where they’ll have time to germinate without the […]

April 6th Gardening

| April 6, 2013

I have been enjoying free classes on gardening at one of our nearby nurseries, and this week’s class was about shade gardens. I find that it’s very important to grow what works in your area. Too many places sell plants that are not meant for the local climate zone. Additionally, what is a perennial down […]

Good Friday 2013

| April 5, 2013

I woke up 1am to hail! The next day I found all my begonias that I had painstakingly rooted by hand with (luckily tiny little) holes in their leaves. I lost a few tomato plants but I planted 50 plants for a reason. Out of the 50 tomato plants I planted, I’ve still got more than […]

Last week in March 2013

| April 3, 2013

Well, we had two nights with temperatures just a bit below freezing. This meant that I got to learn how to protect my baby tomato plants. I used six bed sheets, some clothes pins, and some rocks along the edge of the raised bed to keep the sheets to the ground. Lesson #1 I lost […]

2nd & 3rd Week of March 2013

| April 1, 2013

I’ve planted the green beans, and cilantro. The carrots that I had planted 6 weeks ago are sprouting nicely. The cucumbers, okra and zucchini, are all beginning to spout. I’ve made flower beds around our wisteria, bald cypress, and live oak trees. I then added begonias to those beds around the trees, as well as […]

Early Spring March 2013

| March 31, 2013

I have a general rule of not planting until Easter weekend. That being said, it has been so warm and pretty that I felt confident I could start planting outside in the beginning of March. My husband had gotten me soil and my beds were ready to go. My next few blogs will be covering […]

Update to Tricky Planting Instructions

| March 13, 2013

As I feared, the tricky-instruction seeds were forgotten in the bottom of my refrigerator. After the 60-degree time frame was up, I moved all the seeds to the bottom drawer of  the fridge and promptly forgot them. After 30 days and an additional 10-day stay, I remembered them. The seeds had sprouted in each of […]