Golden Celebration Rose

This brings me so much joy. It looks like sunshine in the garden! This David Austin rose is one of the largest-blooming English roses. The blooms are enormous. I planted mine outside of my office window and delight in seeing the sunny roses even on the stormiest day. Of all of my roses, this rose…

Scentimental Rose

Ahh, Scentimental. One of my favorite roses! This rose is rather jaw-dropping. Every petal looks like it’s been hand painted. In fact, it’s a bit reminiscent of the Painting the Roses Red scene in Alice in Wonderland, as if the Queen of Hearts herself commissioned Scentimental. I got this rose years ago from Jackson and…

Game of Thorns 2021

It’s that time of year again! I celebrate the first blooms of the year with my annual Game of Thorns post.  This year was a wild one in the garden thanks to the Snowpocalypse. February saw the lowest temperatures in Texas in over a hundred years. To put that in perspective, the lows that week…

Planting a Summer Vegetable Garden

It’s an exciting day indeed: the summer garden has officially been planted! You might be thinking, Rose, it’s awfully early, but I live in zone 8 (Dallas) so I have a long growing season and am very used to starting my summer garden between late March and early April. Last year I got an enormous…

How to Start a Vegetable Garden

Thinking about starting a vegetable garden? You’ve come to the right place! Growing your own vegetables is so rewarding: it’s cheap, healthy, and delicious! It may seem intimidating to get started but I’m going to walk you through it. Pick Your Spot Even if you have a small balcony, you can still grow vegetables! Just…

All About Hydrangeas

Ahh hydrangeas, how I love thee! There’s something so dramatic about a yard full of the fluffy, brightly colored blooms and no one grows better hydrangeas than my mom. She has blue, pink, white, and green hydrangeas at the lake house and I marvel at them year after year. All of the photos in this…

How to Grow Eggplant

If there’s one thing you grow this year, let it be eggplant. I can’t believe I waited so long to try my hand at eggplant. It’s hands down the most satisfying food I’ve ever grown. I got probably fifteen eggplants from a single plant this past fall and I can’t wait to grow more this…

How to Grow Lettuce

There’s just something so satisfying about growing your own lettuce. For starters, it’s very pretty in the garden. Homegrown lettuce is delicious and tender, it’s easy to grow, and you can pick it at any time during the growing stage. What’s not to love? Better yet, you can cut the outer leaves and the leaves…

Courtyard Redesign

I was originally going to title this Backyard Redesign but honestly I’ve had too much going on and that would be too long of an article so we’ll start with the courtyard. When I bought this house almost four years ago, I said that someday I wanted to add garden beds to the courtyard. That…