Using Anemones as Cut Flowers

Hi Lovelies, Seriously, by this time, you've got to be getting tired of seeing me take all these pictures of anemone coronaria and rant on and on about how much I love them. That's what happens when you're the first flower to bloom in the spring - I'm going to celebrate like nobody's business. Anyhow,…

Let’s Plant Some Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus)and See What Happens!

Hi Lovelies, First and foremost, let's be clear, we're talking ornamental sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus). NOTĀ edible "sweet" peas,as they are sometimes called by veggie loving gardeners. These, in fact, are toxic. So, don't eat them. Okay? K, thanx. Sweet peas and I have a complicated relationship. I love them, but any time I think I've…

Saving Celosia Seeds

Hi Lovelies, This post is a little late, but don't worry - I didn't forget! I'm still knee-deep in cleaning up this season's mess, and now that it's colder, I'm a lot less motivated to even walk outside. It's usually at this point in the game that I start wondering why I don't live in…

Guide to Planting Daffodils

Hi Lovelies, Well, the fall rain here seems to have officially started (with more in the forecast) courtesy of the hurricane down south. Luckily enough, I was able to quickly throw this year's daffodil bulbs into the ground. Here in zone 6b, I ideally like to plant my daffodil bulbs around mid October - so…

Saving Zinnia Seeds

Hi Lovelies, With fall in full swing, it's a good time to learn how to save seeds of some of my favorite flowers. Luckily for me, collecting seeds from many plants is super easy - one of these being, zinnias. When saving seeds of anything, it's important that the varieties that you're saving aren't hybrids.…

Sunshine and Bitter Days

Hi Lovelies, There's beauty in everything - in bare stems and in moldy leaves - it's just, sometimes you've just got to look a littler closer to find it. When it's over, the cycle begins again and we rejoice at the promise of the future and something new. I knew that it was coming -…

Origin Stories

Hi Lovelies, Origins - I've always been interested in them. Being from what most would consider the south, I'm quite accustomed to hearing phrases that you wouldn't run into elsewhere. On occasion, I hit the ole' Google machine and do a little searching for the things I hear. I realize this doesn't sound like the…

Beginner’s Guide to a Gorgeous Spring Garden

Hi Lovelies, Well, we made it! Day 15 of Blog-tober! If I had known that 31 days of straight blog posts would be this difficult, I'm not sure I would have taken on the task - but, I'm enjoying it nonetheless. With tons of orders of spring seeds and bulbs landing on my front porch…

Propagating Roses (the easy way)

Hi Lovelies, First, my apologies that the past few posts were the products of automatic scheduling. I had to go out of town at the last minute, and was absolutely determined to keep up with Blog-tober. There's a frost predicted this week, which is a total bummer - but it also means that I'll finally…

Last Year’s Tulips

Hi Lovelies, By now you've probably figured out that it's very rare that I do anything without procrastinating for as long as possible first. That means I haven't even ordered or bought my tulip bulbs. Technically, I could be planting them right now, but it's not exactly a secret that I'm waiting on them to…