Category Archives: Seasons in the Garden

A third time.

This marks the third year where I’ve been screwed over by the weather. This year though it wasn’t because I planted a few weeks early. Its because Mother Nature hates me and decided to bring in a really late killing frost. I can’t catch a break. I even anticipated for the crappy weather and covered […]


Finally, finally, finally. I’m not going to say we’re not going to have anymore coolish nights dipping into the 40s, but I think we’re done with daytime temps of that for sure. We’ve had a few cooler mornings where you throw on a jacket until 10 or 11 am and then shed the layers, but […]


Its about time we got some warmer weather around here. I think its safe to say that Old Man Winter has retreated to his cabin until September.

as the garden turns…

We had a crazy, out-of-nowhere, summer-variety storm hit us on Thursday. It was good on one hand because it meant the plants got extra water, but it reminded me that spring is going to evolve into summer fairly soon and I need to enjoy this cooler weather before it turns into steamy brutal heat. Before […]

mid-February snapshots

Some iPhone snapshots of the garden, taken February 20th, 2014. Petunias, Ivy, and Plumeria cuttings on the edge of the pool. A view of the garden looking down the pool. A “mini-garden” area set up by the edge of the pool close to the house. We keep the pool cover (dark blue sheeting) on the […]

The February Garden

Just about a five minute video of what’s going on in the flower garden at the moment. Trying to take advantage of the current warm weather!

Transplanting the Tomatoes

About a month ago Chris started the tomato seeds out in his man-cave. He had bought grow-lights last year and with this wicked winter we’ve been having, it has worked out for the better to keep them inside during January. Last year I just moved them under our porch when a cold front would come […]

Snow Day

Earlier this morning, Fluffy issued a statement: Due to inclement weather, the garden will be closed for the next couple of days.

January. Still.

This week was a total zero in the garden. I watered once (which was unnecessary because it rained shortly after) and that was that. At least the geraniums are still blooming. What is UP with this winter? I was going back and looking at some photos from January in years past and while it wasn’t […]

oh, january…

This (picture above) is pretty much January in the garden. Chilly and rainy. The weather is taking care of all my gardening tasks- since it’s chilly and not very sunny, nothing is growing very fast (no pruning) and since it rains every few days, nothing needs watering. So I basically just go out there and […]

Biding Time

Early last week, we had the worst freeze we’ve been through as gardeners. Being as so far the greatest percentage of our gardening years has taken place in Florida, we didn’t get freezes or even sub 40* temperatures much. Of course there was that one time when 42* was too much for a starfruit seedlings… […]

dark and dreary

That is *not* a photo from this week- it’s from November. Beautiful fall. This week was truly winter. I’m in Florida, so I didn’t experience a lot of the super crazy frigid weather that other people did, but we did have our own “cold snap” and several rainy, cloudy, and dark days to go with […]

snapshots from an early spring garden

Hello, again! It’s been a few weeks since I last posted. Because fall, winter, and spring are basically one BIG season (with minor variations in temperature) here in Southwest Florida, I’m still just going about the normal, daily tasks of the garden. The big change for us is light- right now the days are “short”, […]

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! – […]

busy bee

I’m finally settling back into my regular garden routine. It’s odd to me that while the rest of my gardening friends are sort of on a break (whether they want it or not), gardening season is kicking into FULL gear for me. I’m in Southwest Florida so our “good weather” season is when the rest […]

Quiet in the Garden

Do I write about more grey days? It feels like that now, just a bunch of grey days to write about. A few days of sunshine followed by a couple of days of dreary rain. It’s par for the course this time of year. Pair that with the return to Standard Time here in the […]

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 […]