Monthly Archives March 2012

Ode to Coleus

Today I’d like to talk about a plant near and dear to my heart (*cue dramatic music*): COLEUS.  You want foliage? Coleus is *all* about foliage. Coleus leaves are an explosion of color and texture- usually in brightly contrasting purples and bright greens. The colors of the leaves can vary from pale pink and white […]

Leafy green stuff

You’ll have to excuse my Texas accent, and watery, red eyes (allergies). I also talked more in depth about the backyard over at Backyard Ramblings on Monday, if you want to check that out.

Beyond the Blooms

“I am thinking of the onion again…Not self-righteous like the proletarian potato, nor a siren like the apple. No show-off like the banana. But a modest, self-effacing vegetable, questioning, introspective, peeling itself away, or merely radiating halos like ripples. -Erica Jong, Fruits and Vegetables, 1971 “Home grown tomatoes, home grown tomatoes What would life be […]

“things I had no words for…”

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keeffe Color in my container garden on a sunny day, March 21st, 2012. (All photos taken with my iPhone, using the Hipstamatic app.)

The Hidden Rainbow

It’s still pretty early in the spring season here in Fort Worth and you wouldn’t notice much color at first glance walking up to my house, but if you did a double take you’ll see all the hidden treasures that await you. There is some dianthus still growing from this past winter. Borage. One of […]

The Chroma of the Garden

It has taken awhile, but finally spring flowers have started poking out and blooming in our garden. The only problem is that there just aren’t enough blooms, so a few weekends ago I started more seeds on the side flower beds. In a month or two hopefully there will be a profusion of blooms for […]

Roots and Wings

“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings.” – Hodding Carter A few weeks ago, my father said something interesting to me. He was peeking out at my container garden and said “It’s like Italy out there- like what your grandparents used to do.” My father […]

Getting to the root of the problem

Roots. I’m not the scholar when it comes to roots. Frankly, I’m probably in the middle school level on my knowledge of roots. When the topic came up this week for us to right about roots I sent out an email hoping we weren’t going to really write about roots. But alas, we are. So […]

The Root of All Things

This week we’re talking about roots and at first I thought about not taking it quite literally but then decided that the biologist in me wanted to be more botanist and I wanted to delve into roots themselves. Now, I’ve had a plethora of biology classes in my life and as with all things we […]

Spring Seeds – Beginnings

There’s a few downsides to container gardening in Southwest Florida. One of them is the summer. Down here, it rains pretty much every single day from June to October. And not light rain, either- torrential, unhappy, stormy rain. The sun comes out late in the afternoons, but things never really dry up. And the summer […]

Growing a Gardener | Beginnings

The best thing a garden can do for a child is teach. It is great for unschooling. When I began gardening I always planned to keep the kids as involved as possible. Zoe has always loved seeds, whether that be looking at the different shapes and sizes, or actually planting them. During the summers, she […]

The Cucumbers are Up! | Beginnings

This week’s theme is Beginnings…however we want to interpret that! Last Fall we had really good success with our cucumber crop, enough so to make many jars of pickles. I was thrilled about this because I had not tried hard in Florida to grow cucumbers, only trying once with poor success. Chris, my husband, had […]

Welcome to My Little Garden

Welcome to my garden. My name is Chel (pronounced “Chel”, short for Michele). I’m 37, I live in Southwest Florida with my husband, my daughter, three cats, three parrots, and an elderly gecko. I’m a mixed media artist and freelance writer, but I’m also an obsessive container gardener. I only started gardening about 18 months […]