How to Grow Tomatoes

There is almost no greater gardening joy than plucking a tomato off the vine and tossing it in your mouth when it’s still warm from the sun. I adore growing my own tomatoes, though I wasn’t always great at it. My tomato plants were leggy and didn’t produce much fruit because I didn’t know what…

June Garden Tour

  This post is sponsored by Texas Department of State Health Services It’s another beautiful day in Wonderland! It’s going to be a lovely season in the backyard and I can’t wait to show you around. This is the third season for my roses and I have a feeling this will be the year when…

Rooted in Goodness: How to Grow Roses

This article is sponsored by Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day. Views and opinions are my own. This weekend I had the honor of hosting a Rose Workshop at the Dallas Farmers Market as part of the Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day #RootedInGoodness Spring Tour. The wonderful Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day team had the cutest booth set up for me with…

Game of Thorns 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of year in the garden: Game of Thorns! Every since I started a garden at twenty-two years old, I’ve celebrated spring by tracking which roses open first each year, a game I call Game of Thorns. (I’m a HUGE Game of Thrones fan if that isn’t abundantly clear.) It’s only…

Spring Flowers from Stargazer Barn

Isn’t springtime in the garden the best? I’m thrilled to tell you that the first rose of the season bloomed today! I’ll reveal which rose won this year’s Game of Thorns soon but in the meantime, let’s have some spring flower fun. This weekend I had the most gorgeous bouquets delivered from my friends at…

A Rose for Christmas

Need a last minute Christmas gift? Give the gift that keeps on giving: a live rose! I often send people bareroot roses from Jackson & Perkins as thank you gifts. You can order now and your rose gift will be delivered this spring at the appropriate planting time for the recipient’s region of the country….

Game of Thorns 2018

Welcome to Game of Thorns 2018! I had to skip 2017 since it was my first spring in my new house and I was just starting my garden, but we are BACK, ladies and gentlemen. Game of Thorns is a little game I started a few years ago to track how early each of my…

Feed Program for Roses

It’s officially spring and I’ve got gardening on the brain! I am so delighted that my year-old roses are coming in strong and healthy thanks in part to the new feed program I have them on. I buy many of my roses as bareroot plants from Jackson and Perkins and for the first time ever,…

Garden Update: November 2017

It’s finally time for another Queen of Hearts update! It’s been a while since I posted about my garden. It’s mid-November and though the trees have lost their leaves, I’m delighted to tell you that the roses are still going strong. It’s hard to believe they’re just six months old! I can’t even wait to…

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…