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…

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…

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…

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…

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…