Plum Perfect Rose

Could this ruffled floribunda be any more dreamy? Jackson and Perkins calls Plum Perfect “the epitome of floral excellence” and they are spot on with that assessment. The ruffled petals are so fancy, you might feel like you fell down a rabbit hole into Wonderland. Plum Perfect is part of the Kordes Sunbelt Collection, which…

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…

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….

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…