Monthly Archives December 2012

Founding Gardeners: A Review

Here it is late on New Years Eve 2012 and I’m writing to you about a great book I finally just finished reading. I’ve been inching my way along this book, Founding Gardeners since early summer and I really could have finished sooner but have taken my time with the reading instead. I initially heard […]

holiday goodness

Christmas was *great* in the gardening sense. I asked for a few plants that I really have wanted, but never purchased. Tom got me a BUNCH of great stuff: a peony seedling, a new hibiscus (BLUE double- can’t wait to see this one when it blooms!), two camillia (one a four year bonsai, the other […]


We bought a couple of clearance bags of daffodils for Christmas presents, so on Christmas Eve-Eve Chris planted some of them with his mom. This was before the weather turned and the the snow came—-yep, we had snow in north Texas where we were at for Christmas—so the weather was what I’d say is nearly […]

White Christmas

I figured I should post a minor update since we had a white Christmas yesterday. While we do tend to get ice/snow/ a few times a year, its pretty rare that we get snow on Christmas. Snow covered lavender A trip to the garden isn’t complete without wearing proper attire. Okay, back into hibernation.


Every day I see or hear something that more or less kills me with delight, that leaves me like a needle in the haystack of light. It was what I was born for – to look, to listen, to lose myself inside this soft world – to instruct myself over and over in joy, and […]

Frost Bite

So, a week ago we had our first freeze, two nights of freezes and another night of near freezing. We covered up most of our tender tropicals or put them in the man-cave but others we left to fend for themselves or like a couple of them—I just plumb forgot. The peppers were here when […]

Stillness & Planning

Today there will be no photos. Only words. The photos I keep forgetting to take or waiting until it is just almost dark and then remembering and so I don’t get around to the photos. This last week and a half would have been full of doing yard work and getting things ready for spring […]

Winter Wonder

Even though I haven’t been in the garden much at all this week (dreary weather, HUGE amount of rain, health issue), it continues to surprise me. On Saturday night, Tom was outside covering the pool when he smelled something very strong and sweet. He came in to tell me about it and I tried to […]

Bundled Up

Our first freeze of the season is coming tonight. 29/30* depending on where and when you look at the predictions. Last night the front roared through sometime around 9:30pm. Just an hour or so earlier I had padded outside to put some food scraps into the compost bin and the air was balmy and warm. […]

the little winter lull

“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape.  Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”  ~Andrew Wyeth As I’ve mentioned before, the last few weeks the garden has been on what I call “autopilot”. It’s the little lull between fall (when the garden bounces back big time […]

Winter rest

As the days grow shorter and colder (well, sometime soon I’m hoping), time in the garden is cut down to just a few hours a week. By the time I get home from work the sun is setting. Depressing. The past few weeks have been busy around here. Two weeks ago we were getting things […]

$5 Phalenopsis

I was at the grocery store making my way for the checkout counter when I saw the sign near the flowers. The sign was for discounted flowers, which I thought would mean the stems wrapped in cellophane. Then I saw a couple of Phalenopsis and some bromeliads. I debated for a second whether or not […]