Category Archives: Gardening

2015_Day 344: Throwback Thursday

Over the weekend, husband put together a garden shed we bought on Black Friday. We’ve been in serious need of something to house my garden tools, pots, bags of dirt, etc. My last garden shed–I called it a shack–was unique, if nothing else. It’s original use was as a working observatory, and we were told the top of the silo-like shed actually turned and the previous owners used a telescope to view the night sky. Continue reading

2015_Day 339: A is for anthuriums

It’s days like today that I feel like such a newbie to flowers. I saw these beautiful plants at a local store and they took my breath away! I don’t recall ever seeing them before and didn’t know what they were until I read the information card tucked into the dirt of one. Anthuriums, it said. Amazing, I thought. Continue reading

2015_Day 337: Three cheers for chives

Well, whaddya know. The chives in my garden are still growing. Or, maybe I should say they’re growing again. I planted them back in March and they did well until mid to late July. Then it got really hot. And while the basil did okay in the extreme heat, the chives didn’t like it so much. Continue reading

2015_Day 332: Cold and colorful

On one end of our yard sits the raised beds that held fruits and vegetables most of the spring and summer. The only thing left in them now are what remains of the tomato and pumpkin plants. Although the pumpkin vines have been reduced mostly to mush in the cold and rain of late, the actual pumpkin still stands out brightly, its orange half facing the sky. Continue reading

2015_Day 326: Frost takes toll

Geraniums don’t like the cold. At least my geranium didn’t like the 30-degree low temperature our area of central Texas was subjected to early this morning. Probably going to look even worse tomorrow morning, as similar lows are expected. Continue reading

2015_Day 323:┬áThe greenhouse question

I’m thinking of digging out my small greenhouse to see if I can save these tomato plants from impending doom. I haven’t decided whether I have the gumption to set it up around/over the raised bed and anchor it to the ground. Because if I don’t, it won’t take but a day or so for it to find a new home in the neighbor’s yard. Continue reading

2015_Day 319: Patience pays off in pink and red fall flowers

I’m becoming a big fan of geraniums and begonias. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always thought they were pretty flowers, but for some reason I didn’t always think they were for me. They were staples in many gardens I saw growing up, but I just didn’t seem to have much luck with them. I probably didn’t have enough patience to weather the season with them, neglecting them either by not watering enough when it was hot or not deadheading them. Eventually, I’d just give up and relegate them to the trash. Continue reading

2015_Day 316: Throwback to flowers of June

I’m in a reminiscing state of mind the past few days. About my flowers, that is. We had a great spring and summer and I am happy and satisfied with the performance of the flowers I planted. From the cosmos to the zinnias to the petunias to the marigolds, they all served their purpose– to brighten up my back yard, and in turn, my day. Many of my days. Continue reading