Monthly Archives August 2012

Gimme Shelter…

“A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease.” John Muir (quote chosen especially for Misti…) This past week was “exciting” for one reason: Hurricane Isaac […]


As the summer weather begins to fade, it’s time to start preparing for the fall. Tilling under some leftover buckwheat, pulling weeds, amending the soil with green sand and molasses, and of course, getting some seeds planted. Well, ok, so these weren’t seeds when I started them. These multiplier onions got pulled up at the […]

Return To The Garden

I am pretty certain that either a: I went to the garden once at the very beginning of August or b: yesterday was the first time I have visited our plots in August. My brain is so foggy I can’t remember. Nope, just checked the calendar, pretty sure it was the last few days of […]

butterfly/hummingbird container garden

You may have remembered that earlier this summer I decided my big garden goal, at least for the season ahead, was to start a butterfly/hummingbird garden on the little porch on the side of my house. I realized yesterday that what I was hoping for out there has actually sort of come together. I have […]

The great flower snack

I’m love sunflowers. They bring in the summer weather and the greatness of a good harvest. I also love the seeds they bring. I pick up a big bag of sunflower seeds about every 3 or 4 days. Its my snack during work. Or after. Or when I venture out to a baseball game. I […]

Garden Fresh Gazpacho

I am beyond thrilled that Sherilee of SWEET TEA AND SUNSHINE is joining us today with a guest post: Summer flavors in your soup bowl Summer brings so many wonderful flavors to menus and meal planning. While this dish could be made in other seasons, the depth of flavor from garden-ripened tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers […]

autumn plans

As I’ve mentioned before, one of the benefits of gardening in ZONE TEN (yes, all caps, because it’s a challenging zone!) is that fall is a second spring for us. We get to garden year round. Whatever makes it through the soggy, blistering, and dark summers flourishes. And whatever doesn’t (vegetables, some herbs, fickle flowers […]

Haiku for you

Aroma, so sweet Nectar for the little bee It waves in the wind

Old Blooms

Some photos from better days….(it’s too hot to think of anything else) Samson misses having a porch.

… all Misti’s fault… (aka my sudden passiflora obsession)

This is *all* Misti’s fault. A few weeks ago, she posted about Passiflora on her blog. I saw the photos and pretty much lost my gardening cool. I HAD to have one of those in my garden. HAD TO. I mean, look at them! Aren’t they gorgeous? Don’t they look like some magical plant from […]

The fall itch

It has been almost two months since the temperatures rose above 100 here in Fort Worth. It has been the same amount of time since I’ve done any extensive work in the garden. The nut sedge has taken over and is nearing a foot tall in some areas. Amazingly, the St. Augustine grass hasn’t done […]

Ric-Rac Cactus

Slowly we are starting to build up our flowering plant garden again. The ric-rac cactus is a specimen we grew in Florida, where we kept it in a coconut fiber basket and provided a nice nest habitat for some doves in our backyard. See below: We were at Home Depot a few weekends ago getting […]

hello there, august.

It’s August. I have to admit, I feel quite a bit of relief. Not because August is particularly great or anything- to be honest, I don’t really have any sort of feeling on August one way or another. However, it’s not June or July (true summer months to me), and we’re *thisclose* to fall. I […]

Dog days

Garden slow. Beans sprouted. It’s hot. Zoe has been sick the past two days. Garden neglect. It’s hot. 107 today. That is all.