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…

Earth Angel Rose

To plant a garden is to believe in the future. Meet my new obsession: Earth Angel. I’m besotted with this dreamy floribunda rose from Jackson and Perkins! The fluffy, peony-like blooms smell like heaven on earth. However wonderful you think this rose smells, I promise you it smells even better. The antique rose scent isn’t…

2020 Rose of the Year

It’s officially 2020, which means I can finally tell you about the stunning grandiflora that I’ve fallen in love with. Jackson & Perkins sent me a brand new, previously unnamed rose last year to test out and let me tell you: this is one of my favorite roses I’ve ever grown. It’s art in the…

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…

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….

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…

Dallas Blooms 2017

The Dallas Arboretum has a lot going on. There’s the first ever Food and Wine Festival next week, the spring concert series, and Dallas Blooms, the Arboretum’s 34th annual floral festival. Dallas Arboretum has planted 6,500,000 million bulbs over the past thirty-four years, offering the most tulips on display of any public garden west of Holland. Pretty…