Category Archives: Color

Nun’s Orchid

A month or so ago we ventured out to our local plant nursery since it was spring and we had a renewed interest in our garden once again. We toured the areas under the shade cloth and spotted a pot of nun’s orchid, Phaius tankervilleae. I had wanted some for awhile, especially since we used […]

Wildflowers in the Right-of-Way

Chris worked hard to seed the front right-of-way strip thicker with bluebonnets this year. The two previous years we had used a wildflower mix from Wildseed Farms but we weren’t getting the bluebonnet results we wanted. So this year Chris bought a pound of bluebonnet seeds and the rewards from that have been great. We […]

Happy Blooms

Tithonia Passiflora ‘incense’ Copper rain lily Clematis texensis Over the last week I pretty much retreated inside every evening, turning my back on the garden somewhat. Of course that’s coming back to bite me in the form of some weeding that needs to be done, but not seeing the garden every day let’s me find […]

Milkweed Bugs

I can’t remember where we picked up our Asclepias curassivica, aka: scarlet milkweed, but it has thrived in our flower bed this spring. I didn’t even realize it had set seed pods until a week or so ago. As I went over to inspecgt the open seed pods I noticed that the plant was crawling […]

In The Cactus Garden

Along with the rest of the garden, the cactus and succulent bed has begun blooming as well. These flowers are from the horse crippler cactus, Echinocactus texensis. This is a Dyckia speices. I think the tag is out there somewhere… And a couple of other cacti that I don’t have tags for, but are still […]


Last year we tucked some amaryllis bulbs out into our ‘island’ of wild vegetation near the front of the yard. I’d forgotten about them until very nearly when they were about to bloom. I really need to thin out some of the vegetation around them so they can continue to grow over the years. Anyway, […]

Wildflowers & Bulbs

The right-of-way strip out in front of the house is almost in full glory at the moment. Most of the daffodils are done but the hyacinths and the wildflower seed mix is going crazy right now. Next year I think we’ll plant more hyacinths as they have really been spectacular, not only in blooming but […]

Among The Jade Vine

Strongylodon macrobotrys, or more commonly known, jade vine, is one of my favorite plants to visit at Fairchid Tropical Botanic Gardens. We were there briefly two weeks ago on a trip to Florida and we made our way over to the vine trellises first. Unfortunately this vine is probably out of our reach here in […]

Iris reticulata in bloom

Back in the fall we planted these bulbs in the side-yard addition of the flower garden. This iris is native to parts of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Russia, so definitely not an American native. However, it is still quite a lovely bulb that I’m glad we planted. The flowers stay well below the length of […]

Ashleigh’s Rose

Red, warming my soul It won’t be long; spring time Your sweet sweet fragrance

Early Spring Color

It’s pretty amazing what 10 days of warm weather can do in the garden. Plants are blooming, others are waking up from dormancy and sprouting new growth—at least those that survived our deep freeze in January. It’s fantastic to see it all! Everywhere I turn there’s something new to get excited about…a tree blosssoming, seeds […]

Late Evening In The Garden

A month or two ago Chris bought some Stokes’ asters online after some coworkers recommended it. Just now some of them are starting to bloom. The discount passiflora I bought in the fall on clearance has recuperated well and is putting out a lot of new growth along the fenceline. It would be awesome if […]

New Deer Fence And A Few Garden Shots

You know those projects that you think are going to be fast and simple? This project was not one of them. Ok, so in relative timelines building this in one day isn’t all that bad, but my little brain thought we’d be through with this before lunch. Chris’ brain knew better and told me it […]

‘Lauren’s Grape’ Poppy

I believe I first found out about this hybrid poppy in a gardening magazine. The description made it sound like grape juice, something delectable and sweet. Then I found the seeds for sale at one of our local nurseries and I bought a package of them up. This is my first year at growing poppies. […]

Eastern Red Columbine

Somehow this columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) has escaped the wrath of the deer. We have another one in the garden that has been nibbled on as well as a couple of hybrid McKana’s Giant plants. Sometimes it feels as if the plants just can’t get a break. They will recuperate only to be browsed upon by […]

Five Things

The kale has brought an abundance of aphids to the garden. The lady bugs are chopping down on them and leaving babies behind, like this little guy hanging out on a lettuce leaf. This is Rosie, we got her last weekend. Read about her and her friends over at Backyard Ramblings. I am just a […]

Hyacinths and Crocus (Croci?)

Hey, what do you know? I was going somewhere correct with the croci for the plural form of crocus but apparently crocuses works too. Croci sounds better…*shrugs* Anyway….hyacinths and croci! Behold! Chris and I both said that if we’d known the hyacinths were going to be this cool we would have bought more clearance bulbs […]

Late February Blooms

I’m going to take a break from talking about putting in our garden to show what is blooming around the yard right now. ‘Jane’ magnolia. A pretty apricot flower. A wild violet This hibiscus has a fancy name that I can’t remember. Some of the bulbs and wildflower we planted in our right-of-way are coming […]


I picked up ten pounds of seed potato a few days ago. Half the lot is Kennebec and the other half is Red LaSoda. I took them out the paper sack and placed them flat in the green house. There they will sit for about a week before they get cut into pieces and planted […]

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 […]