Last week I attended a mini-workshop with Linda Barnett of Exceptional Terrariums. I finally got to make one of my own. Choosing the right combination of plants and stones was… [Read More] about My First Terrarium Project
Update 2022: Exceptional Terrariums is no longer operating. I love terrariums. They’re beautiful, easy to care for and thrive on neglect. Most houseplants need consistent care – that means checking… [Read More] about Terrariums: Your Indoor Garden Forest
Everyone who knows me well, knows that I love growing food. Even if I’m doing it from the balcony of my apartment. Charlotte is home to Microfarm Organic Gardens, a… [Read More] about Visit to Microfarm Organic Gardens | Charlotte NC
Well it didn’t take long after transplanting a few houseplants before the fungus gnats arrived. Fungus gnats thrive in moist growing medium typically used for houseplants. I noticed a few… [Read More] about Fungus Gnat Control for Houseplants
This is my first post since moving to Charlotte NC from Houston Texas. I’ve been here since the first of March. At my new place, there is very little space… [Read More] about Lush Greens for Apartment Living
The weather will be getting cold this week, so I’ve harvested the remaining Meyer lemons and Moro Blood oranges from my potted trees. They’re covered now and hopefully they’ll stay… [Read More] about Citrus and Camelia Blooms
It’s official. I am moving to Charlotte NC around the first of March. Here’s to a new adventure and much better climate for gardening. Charlotte has four seasons and is… [Read More] about I’m Moving to Charlotte NC!
One of many on this parsley plant is this beautiful Black Swallowtail caterpillar. I’ve counted about 8 of them in various sizes munching away on last year’s Italian parsley plant… [Read More] about Black Swallowtail Caterpillar on Parsley
This little washtub has provided a daily supply of organically grown lettuce for me since the first week of December. In Houston, a planting like this can last through the… [Read More] about Wash Tub Lettuce
Swallowtail caterpillars have an bright orange/red fleshy organ called an osmetrium. It looks like a serpent tongue that they stick out when they are disturbed to scare off predators. Osmetria… [Read More] about Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar Osmetria – Red Forked Tongue?
Yellow Bells aka Esperanza (Tecoma stans ‘Sangria’) looks delicious and adds a sunny spice to your garden. I first spotted this variety at Buchanan’s Native Plants in November 2011. I… [Read More] about Yellow Bells ‘Sangria’ Esperanza
Took this photo at Buchanan’s Native Plants.