Growing Cherokee Purple Tomatoes

We have to talk about Cherokee Purple heirloom tomatoes. When I bought this little plant at Vintage and Vines in east Texas, I had no idea I was growing the tastiest tomato. Cherokee Purple is hands down the best tomato I’ve ever eaten. My mom said the same and she’s from California, the land of…

Summer Garden Update

Hello, lovelies! I wrote about planting my summer vegetable garden here. I thought you might like an update to see how things are growing! Tomatoes The tomatoes are doing unbelievably well! Most of the plants are 6-7 feet tall. Here they are next to me for comparison! I’ve been easily getting 1-2 cups of tomatoes…

Planting a Summer Vegetable Garden

It’s an exciting day indeed: the summer garden has officially been planted! You might be thinking, Rose, it’s awfully early, but I live in zone 8 (Dallas) so I have a long growing season and am very used to starting my summer garden between late March and early April. Last year I got an enormous…

How to Start a Vegetable Garden

Thinking about starting a vegetable garden? You’ve come to the right place! Growing your own vegetables is so rewarding: it’s cheap, healthy, and delicious! It may seem intimidating to get started but I’m going to walk you through it. Pick Your Spot Even if you have a small balcony, you can still grow vegetables! Just…

All About Hydrangeas

Ahh hydrangeas, how I love thee! There’s something so dramatic about a yard full of the fluffy, brightly colored blooms and no one grows better hydrangeas than my mom. She has blue, pink, white, and green hydrangeas at the lake house and I marvel at them year after year. All of the photos in this…

How to Grow Eggplant

If there’s one thing you grow this year, let it be eggplant. I can’t believe I waited so long to try my hand at eggplant. It’s hands down the most satisfying food I’ve ever grown. I got probably fifteen eggplants from a single plant this past fall and I can’t wait to grow more this…

How to Grow Lettuce

There’s just something so satisfying about growing your own lettuce. For starters, it’s very pretty in the garden. Homegrown lettuce is delicious and tender, it’s easy to grow, and you can pick it at any time during the growing stage. What’s not to love? Better yet, you can cut the outer leaves and the leaves…

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…