Backyard Transformation

If I had my druthers and allergies didn’t exist, I would basically live in my garden. When I bought my new house last July, there was really just a courtyard with a patio and two trees in the backyard. There was a large shed taking up prime real estate and not nearly enough patio space…

Game of Thorns 2016

I wanted to sync this up with the premiere of Game of Thrones, I really did, but springtime hit Texas early and it’s driving me nuts not to share rose photos with you! So here we go: Game of Thorns 2016. Dream Come True Dream Come True: the Jaime Lannister of the garden. It’s one of…

New Cedar Raised Bed Gardens

I vastly prefer fall/winter gardening to spring/summer gardening. Here in Texas, tomatoes get all the glory. It’s what everyone grows. I can’t figure out why because tomatoes aren’t nearly as easy to grow as lettuce, greens, potatoes, beets, and herbs. If there’s one thing you take away from The Rose Table, let it be the inspiration to try…

Welcome to Wonderland

I was never a big fan of Alice, but I adore the idea of Wonderland. I’ve always loved spending time outside. Now my backyard is my own personal oasis, a safe space for me to relax after a long day, to drink coffee every morning, to entertain my friends, to harvest the literal fruits of my labor,…

Garden in September

My roses are as happy as I am that it’s September! Gone are 100+ degree days and to celebrate, my garden has showered me with blooms. Won’t you take a walk with me? Lion’s Fairy Tale Can you blame this little guy for hanging out on this bloom all day? This rose is such a…

New Flagstone Garden Path

My flagstone patio has always seemed a little random. Why? Because it’s not connected to anything. I haven’t used it as much as I would like because you have to walk through the grass to get to it. Ladies in heels don’t appreciate that when they come over, especially if it’s been raining. I decided to…

Opera Inspired Dinner

I adore opera. The first opera I ever saw was Aida in an ancient Roman Theatre next to the ruins of the Theatre of Dionysus in Athens, Greece. Pretty epic way to start one’s love of an art form, don’t you think? I was hooked. For me opera isn’t about the words or even the story, it’s…

Game of Thorns

When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.” In my garden and in Westeros, vitality is king. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the time or patience to babysit fussy plants. One thing I adore about roses is that you cut off the weakest canes to let the strongest ones…

Edible Garden Update

I love walking my garden every morning and seeing what’s changed. You’d be surprised at how many rosebuds pop up overnight! Today though I’m focusing on the edible garden. Won’t you take a walk with me? Blackberries My blackberry bush is going strong! I call this my Wendy Plant because my horse Wendy is obsessed…

TRT Loves: Homegrown Herb Garden by Lisa Baker Morgan and Ann McCormick

I recently got my hands on a book that’s a cookbook-gardening book hybrid and loved it! It’s a great afternoon read on a rainy day. Morgan and McCormick make an herb garden sound simple (it is!) in their easy-to-follow tips. The descriptions are on-point; you don’t have to wade through paragraphs to find what you’re looking for. It’s…

Thorny Thursday

Lament that roses have thorns or rejoice that thorns have roses. In my opinion, a perfect rose is one of life’s greatest pleasures and treasures. On this Thorny Thursday, I wanted to feature four of my favorites. Queen Elizabeth This pink stunner grows behind my butterfly bench, next to Golden Celebration. (Fitting, don’t you think?)…

In the Garden: Flagstone Patio

I love to be outside. One of the most exciting perks of owning a house is the freedom to landscape and hard scape as you see fit. When I bought my house three years ago, the backyard consisted of a covered patio, grass, and a fence. Now my backyard is my private oasis, my daily…