It’s been two years at the new house and I’m finally getting time to complete a small garden in the backyard. It started with a border bed of perennials behind… [Read More] about Planning a new garden
My First Terrarium Project
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
Terrariums: Your Indoor Garden Forest
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
Visit to Microfarm Organic Gardens | Charlotte NC
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
Fungus Gnat Control for Houseplants
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
Lush Greens for Apartment Living
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
Citrus and Camelia Blooms
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
I’m Moving to Charlotte NC!
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!
Black Swallowtail Caterpillar on Parsley
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
Wash Tub Lettuce
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
Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar Osmetria – Red Forked Tongue?
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 ‘Sangria’ Esperanza
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