Water the ground, not the plants

Posted by on May 5, 2015

Use an end-of-hose sprayer, drip irrigation, soaker hoses, or watering can – saturate the ground and leave the leaves dry. Improve potting soil mixes. Incorporate water-retaining polymers into the potting soil for your container gardens. They really make a difference.  

I had a grand time, IN & FL…

Posted by on August 21, 2015


…but, make no mistake, I MISS PEPPER!!! Our family vacation was fun. We love our family, but it has been YEARS that our family vacation didn’t involve visiting family. This year we too off just over 2 weeks to see in-laws and then we headed down to Jupiter, Florida for 8 days of just us…and […]

#ForagingInCuteShoes: Natal Plum

Posted by on August 19, 2015

Ripe Natal Plum

COMMON NAME:  Natal Plum Botanical Latin: Carissa macrocarpa Plant Type: Evergreen shrub or small tree. Size: Easily sheared, and can be a small tree up to 20 ft in height. Fruit: Bright red, plum-like with large seed.  The edible fruit is a pretty plum shaped red berry abut 2-inches long which tastes like sweet cranberries. Natal plum […]

#ForagingInCuteShoes: Sea-Grapes

Posted by on August 18, 2015

Ripe Sea-Grapes

COMMON NAME: Sea-Grape Botanical Latin: Coccoloba uvifera Plant Type:  Large shrub, small tree. Fruit: String and grape-like cluster. In late summer female shrubs produce clusters of fruit that resemble grapes (hence the plant’s name) that start out green and ripen to purple. When ripe, the fruit is very sweet, providing tasty treats for people, birds and squirrels. […]

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, August 17, 2015

Posted by on August 17, 2015

The English Garden at Wellfield Botanic Garden

THE WEEK Cool, overcast weather. It felt like October. 😉 THE RAIN We had a house-sitter, so I was could be informed of the rain. Monday 0.75 inches THE DEEDS Not much gardening this week since we were visiting family in Indiana. I did manage to visit a stellar botanic garden, Wellfield Botanic Garden in […]

Dutch Wave—don’t get hung up on labels

Posted by on August 15, 2015

Dutch Wave tour

I must start by saying, I’m going on a media tour to the Netherlands and Germany lead by the lovely and talented Carolyn Mullet of CarexTours. Carolyn and I met at the 2012 Garden Bloggers Fling in Asheville, NC. I remember our meeting and found I was listening to her design perspective. Fling is a great way […]

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, August 10, 2015

Posted by on August 10, 2015


THE DAY A break from the heat. THE RAIN It just missed us. THE DEEDS Here are three videos I did for Troy-Bilt: If I made it look easy, it’s only because of the cracker-jack directing and editorial team at Troy-Bilt. Drought Tolerant Plants, Gardening in Zone 7, and How To Amend Sandy Soil I don’t […]

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, August 3, 2015

Posted by on August 3, 2015

Limbed up leylands

THE DAY How did it become August already? THE RAIN None, nada, zippo! THE DEEDS Aster and I cleaned out the shed. What precipitated that…in the high 90x? I wanted to paint the roof of a bird feeder house. I couldn’t find the paint. Oh, Aster….Don’t be jealous… I now know where everything is. 😉 […]

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, July 27, 2015

Posted by on July 27, 2015

Green Tree Frog

THE DAY Back to work after a wonderful vacation. I intended to go back to work Monday, but my Troy-Bilt 3-inch chipper/shredder arrived that day. I couldn’t stay away, so Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday was spent chipping and shredding. 10 huge piles of pruned limbs. THE RAIN Thursday, 1.7 inches. THE DEEDS It seems my […]