Monthly Archives October 2013

Grey Days

It’s coming into the time of year here in Texas where the days become shorter and about half of them are cloudy and the other half sunny. It might switch to more like 60% cloudy by December, but you get the idea. More frustrating is the lack of daylight at the end of the day […]

I grew this!

Every so often I grow something in the garden that reminds me why I do this (well, reminds me of one of the MANY reasons). And makes me so happy that I love this hobby so very very much. This week, the Canna Lily that I planted from seed at the beginning of the summer […]

In The Fall Garden

We have only a single Ascelpias tuberosa plant, one of the many milkweed species that monarch butterflies feast on as caterpillars. I’m a little concerned these caterpillars won’t make it further south before winter, but I wonder if perhaps some might overwinter here in the Houston area. In south Florida there is a year-round population […]

autumn autumn autumn!

I think autumn is here in Southwest Florida. We’ve had the doors and windows open every morning this past week, I have had to water my plants almost daily, and I’ve had to prune them constantly. I’m overjoyed! However, I’m still holding my breath a few more weeks, because when Hurricane Wilma hit, it was […]

On Becoming A Gardener

“Any garden demands as much of its maker as he has to give. But I do not need to tell you, if you are a gardener, that no other undertaking will give as great a return for the amount of effort put into it.”—Elizabeth Lawrence I’ve rewritten this post twice, each time not feeling what […]

around the garden in mid-October

Things are still in “recovery” mode in the garden. This weekend my dad and Tom power washed the whole lanai (huzzah!) and all my plants went from under the roof line back into their designated spaces. Now they just need to grow back. It still looks a little bare bones out there, but I have […]

Stapelia gigantea | Starfish cactus

One of the plants that was ‘returned’ to us was starfish cactus cuttings. We had intitially grown them in Florida and then gave Chris’ dad some cuttings. When we left Florida and sold everything we of course didn’t have the plant any longer. Luckily Chris’ dad had kept his cuttings alive over the last three […]

waiting a little bit more…

The weather has definitely taken a turn for the better, but the last few days have brought some rain. Things are *sort of* coming back- I see a definite improvement in growth and green. But October can be a wet month (learned my lesson last year when none of the seeds I planted did anything) […]