Category Archives: Foliage

Ashleigh’s Rose

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

Back in the saddle

No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one! – […]

Around The Garden in May

With warm weather here to stay until sometime in November, everything in the garden has started taking off. I’m finally getting tomatoes and am hoping I can get a decent crop in before the really hot weather in July. Hopefully I will be able to keep the more vining and heat tolerant varieties longer. There’s […]


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 […]

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 […]

(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 […]

That smell

Way back last Thanksgiving or so, the wife sent me to the store to get a few things. I was trying to kill time so as not to have to do other things at the house and decided to take a stroll though the produce section. Going to every bin, looking at every label. While […]

These roots were made for eatin’

I haven’t spent much time in the garden except to pull ripe tomatoes, so I don’t have much to write on. I was half tempted to delay my post again this week and blame it the holiday we had on Monday, just so I could snap a few more pictures tomorrow, but then I realized […]


We’ve been on vacation all week at Disney World in Florida. I meant to write a full post while on vacation, but internet in most hotels is spotty, and time outside of the parks is rare. This was no exception! But I HAVE been taking all sorts of photos of the beautiful greenery. In fact, […]

Making amends

Okay, so I have a growth issue going on. It’s pretty obvious that there is a nutrient deficiency in my garden. If you look at the above photo, you’ll see 8 Roma tomato plants green and luscious. Loaded with fruit. No problem here. Old, nutrient rich dirt several seasons old.   Here are a few […]

Ode to Coleus

Today I’d like to talk about a plant near and dear to my heart (*cue dramatic music*): COLEUS.  You want foliage? Coleus is *all* about foliage. Coleus leaves are an explosion of color and texture- usually in brightly contrasting purples and bright greens. The colors of the leaves can vary from pale pink and white […]

Leafy green stuff

You’ll have to excuse my Texas accent, and watery, red eyes (allergies). I also talked more in depth about the backyard over at Backyard Ramblings on Monday, if you want to check that out.

Beyond the Blooms

“I am thinking of the onion again…Not self-righteous like the proletarian potato, nor a siren like the apple. No show-off like the banana. But a modest, self-effacing vegetable, questioning, introspective, peeling itself away, or merely radiating halos like ripples. -Erica Jong, Fruits and Vegetables, 1971 “Home grown tomatoes, home grown tomatoes What would life be […]