Garden people, plant care, Skip Richter, transplant, when to plant

TransPLANTed…AGAIN!

Yes, I'm a gypsy. No sooner than I've completed the last project on my to-do list (and hubby's done with his honey-do list),  and I develop an acute itch only cured by priming the ZILLOW app on my iPhone. Hubby recognizes that dazed look on my face. He's come to hate that look. Last spring, hubby… Continue reading TransPLANTed…AGAIN!

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Jenny Peterson, Kylee Baumlee

The Strike of The Poison Sisters (ivy, sumac, & oak)

My friend Kylee announced last week she had contracted a common gardening disease. My exposure coincided with hers, although we live nowhere close to one another. And we aren't unique this time of year. As seedlings emerge in the warm spring sun, so do we gardeners. For the 85% of Americans who react to some degree to a plant… Continue reading The Strike of The Poison Sisters (ivy, sumac, & oak)

landscape design, lawn care, National Gardening Association, native plants, plant support, when to plant

WHEN to plant WHAT

My confession that rules were blatantly disregarded when I planted shrubs during  July brought sorrowful bent heads and looks of disapproval.  And those were just from Gus the Wonder Cat..... I can imagine what your thoughts on the subject might be. As a designer, I often myself tempted to The Dark Side, putting FORM before… Continue reading WHEN to plant WHAT

gardening with children, Lady Bird Johnson, landscape design, lawn care, native plants, plant selection, wildlife gardening

Wild about Wildflowers, Part 1

This week I had great fun with the Ft. Bend Master Gardeners in Rosenberg, Texas. They wanted to hear about one of my plant passions: wildflowers. (I'm sharing a list of my favorite wildflowers at the end of this post, plus a FREE BOOK for a lucky winner!) Many Americans alive today were not around… Continue reading Wild about Wildflowers, Part 1

gardening with children, Linda Lehmusvirta, native plants, plant names, why I blog, wildlife gardening

Nurturing nature(al) readers: YOU CAN GROW THAT!

Watching the nightly news is painful, isn't it?  I hate it in the same way I hate coming up on a bad car-wreck: I look but I always wish I hadn't.  From the newscasts, it would seem playing outside is one of the most dangerous things a kid can do. As a child of the 60's,… Continue reading Nurturing nature(al) readers: YOU CAN GROW THAT!