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…

The 12 Days of Christmas at Dallas Arboretum

The Twelve Days of Christmas It was a perfect day to explore outside. The sun was shining and there wasn’t a single cloud obstructing the endless blue sky. I asked my dad to join me for a tour of The 12 Days of Christmas at Dallas Arboretum. Adorable father-daughter date, right? This is the second year…

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?)…