January Garden Checklist

January 2, 2014

Welcome to 2014! Think there’s nothing to do in the garden this month? Pffft! We live in the South; there’s always something to do. Check out my garden chore list for January to keep you on track! Texas and Desert Southwest Gardener’s January Checklist Remodeling, decorating, and more ∨Hire a top interior designer, residential architect […]

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Heart of the Holidays Greenery Cheer Challenge

December 6, 2013

My friends at P. Allen Smith have created a Heart of the Holidays Greenery Cheer Challenge, and I’m up for it! Here’s the scoop: they sent me (and all participants) fresh greenery of our choice from the P. Allen Smith Holiday Collection (available at Home Depot), and then our challenge is to style/decorate/use it in […]

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Wells Branch Elementary School Garden

November 25, 2013

A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of working with some inspiring volunteers at Wells Branch Elementary to help them with a design that would turn their large courtyard into an outdoor learning space with raised beds, vegetables, a greenhouse and a labyrinth. It’s such a vibrant community that I was delighted when […]

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October Garden Checklist

October 1, 2013

I know it’s still the dog days of summer here in Texas, but can’t you feel the change coming? Recent mornings have been refreshingly cool (even though we are still hitting the upper 80s-lower 90s most days), and it makes me wanna get out in the garden in do all kinds of tomfoolery. If you […]

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We’ve Got A Winner for Indoor Plant Decor!

September 23, 2013

Last week my co-author Kylee Baumle and I decided to celebrate National Houseplant Week by hosting giveaways of our book, Indoor Plant Decor, on our blogs. I’m happy to say that I got many comments on my blog — thank you to all who entered! — and we have a winner. It’s Melissa Jones! Congratulations, […]

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Indoor Plant Decor Book Giveaway!

September 16, 2013

Wooo-eeeee! It’s National Houseplant Week, so my co-author Kylee Baumle and I are doing a giveaway on each of our blogs. One lucky winner from each blog will receive a signed copy of our book “Indoor Plant Decor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants” (St. Lynn’s Press, April 2013). All you have to do to enter […]

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What Really Worked: My Favorite New Plant for 2013

September 8, 2013

I love to try different plants every year — sometimes it’s trial plants sent to me by plant companies, and other times it’s something I picked up at my local IGC (Independent Garden Center). This year, however, it was simply a new variety of one of my favorite plants, sedum. It’s Sedum mexicanum ‘Lemon Ball.’ ‘Lemon […]

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Independent Garden Center Show: Favorite Product

August 29, 2013

Last week, I attended the IGC (Independent Garden Center) trade show at Navy Pier in Chicago. I’ve been to this show before, and it’s a huge gathering of the best products, plants, soils, amendments, artwork — anything garden related — for the garden center buyer to buy or the garden writer to write about. I […]

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Garden Designers Roundtable: BOLD

August 27, 2013

Good-bye, wimpy garden colors! So long, namby-pamby landscaping! Say hello to all things bold in your garden. Now, don’t get into a panic — not everything needs to be bold, but for sure you don’t want everything to fade passively into the background. Here are some ideas to try — and repeat after me: Baby […]

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Chicken Broodiness: Good or Bad?

August 27, 2013

Our 19 chickens have been laying eggs for a number of weeks now, but I’ve just noticed something odd with one of our girls. Savannah Lucille, one of our Kraienkoppes, seems to be broody. The term “broody” initially was a little hard to grasp for me, for some reason — I wasn’t sure if it […]

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