Monthly Archives October 2012

Bulbs & Roots

Bulbs. I love bulbs! Back in late summer I bought several bags of bulbs and roots on clearance at the big box store that starts in W and ends in T…I really couldn’t resist. I finally started putting them in the ground last weekend. Most of the iris are hand-me-downs from my mom or Chris’ […]

Naples Botanical Garden – October 2012

For Gracie’s birthday, she very much wanted to spend the afternoon at the Naples Botanical Garden so off we went, with my mom and dad in tow. We had a wonderful time, and I even managed to get a few photos of the beautiful landscape. You know you are a garden nerd when you go […]

Canning peppers

Habanero peppers Jalapeno and Serrano peppers I pulled everything out of the cabinet to take inventory of what we had in storage. I still can’t believe the amount of tomatoes we had this year.

Oakleaf Hydrangea

I spent yesterday working hard in the yard, including planting this oakleaf hydrangea. The two ‘sticks’ in the background is a yaupon holly that I trimmed down but will have to have my husband Chris finish the job of cutting down with a chainsaw. To the left is the trellis that hides our water tank […]

best laid plans…

On Friday I ordered a bunch of seeds from Renee’s Garden (the last day of their big seed sale!) and I was anticipating that they would have arrived earlier this week and I could do a post about planting them/garden planning for the next few weeks, but despite my stalking the mailbox, my seeds are […]

checking out the greenhouse

October To-Do List

This morning I walked out to my car to put some items in for the office while I finished letting my egg boils on the stove. When I turned back to head back into the house I was startled by two bucks and a doe. The doe was eyeing her way to my garden and […]

a week in the life of a container gardener: early October

Saturday, October 6th 2012: Today was all about repotting. The rain hasn’t let up in literally months so I decided that some of my more “soggy” plants needed to thoroughly dry out in a way they wouldn’t have the opportunity to do if I just left them alone. So I repotted the ivy, all the […]

And the winner is… / winter preps

Since no one commented that was eligible, there was no winner for the very simple seed giveaway. I’ll put them back in my collection for later. This past weekend was exceptionally chilly with highs in the upper 50s. A bit odd for early October. It could be foreshadowing for a wet and cold winter compared […]


+Unknown morninglory +Bunching onion +Radish +Bunching onions +More bunching onions +Mmmm, radishes! +Mushroom sprouting from the new mulch. Just waiting patiently for things to fill in.

little things make a big difference

First happy surprise: after whining about the weather, I went out back and found this beautiful blossom on one of my dwarf hibiscus plants. It’s bloomed before (it’s not prolific, but it comes and goes) but never in these particular colors- it’s always been more of an all-over peachy yellow. I’m not sure if it’s […]


I’d be lying to you if I said that I’ve been hard at work in the garden the past two weeks striving hard to get things cleaned up and get lots planted for fall. That hasn’t been then case. The kids have been fighting off fall allergies and 24 hour bugs, along with myself fighting […]

(Mostly) Budget Landscaping

Slowly but surely we are starting to landscape around the yard. This is despite the fact we still have trees to chop up and burn as well as the associated limbs and debris from said trees. The yard is clearing up somewhat so we took some time to find plants we thought were a steal […]