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…

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…

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…

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?)…

Queen of Hearts

It’s that wonderful time of year again, when the garden is full of blooms. I am delighted to run out every morning and inspect all of my roses. It amazes me how much can happen in just ten hours. New roses planted this year: Sundance – opened today! Queen Elizabeth – no blooms yet Cherry…

Elegant Lady

In a world where trashy is often considered cool, I stick out like a sore thumb. But it doesn’t bother me. In opinion, classy never goes out of style. I think that’s why I so adore the aptly named Elegant Lady rose, which keeps sending up elegant bloom after elegant bloom.   If that’s not…

September Roses

It’s satisfying to be a rose gardener in Texas. We have such a long Summer season! My roses are still going strong. My burgundy Iceberg, Elegant Lady, and Disneyland roses all have rosebuds forming for late September blooms, but it’s my Dream Come True and Over the Moon roses that I want to show you…

Garden Update: August

My Summer vegetable garden is nearly spent. Soon I’ll pull up the plants and refill the garden with cool weather goodies such as beets, potatoes, and peas. In the meantime, here’s an update on some of my favorite plants: Pin with me!

Over the Moon Basil Centerpiece

Two of my college girlfriends were coming over for brunch last Saturday and I needed a centerpiece in a pinch, but I only had three decent roses (of the Over the Moon variety) in my yard to snip. What’s a hostess to do? Add basil! I blogged a while ago about using herbs as floral arrangements…

Dream Come True Rose

Yesterday morning my Dream Come True rose bloomed for the first time, just in time for my friends’ wedding. Dream Come True rose is disease-resistant, grows seven feet tall and reblooms all season. It is next to Disneyland rose in my backyard, which is not a coincidence. That is definitely the most magical part of my…