A Game Plan for August, The Toughest Month in My Garden

Like many gardeners, I’m happiest during spring and fall, when the weather is pleasant and I can spend entire days doing what I love best: messing around with plants. You would assume that the dead of winter – January – would be the worst month to be a gardener. This isn’t true. When January arrivesContinue reading “A Game Plan for August, The Toughest Month in My Garden”

The Crinum Lily Makes a Comeback

The crinum lily is a strange and wonderful creature. She’s exotic when combined with a few of those heat-loving plants Southerners love (cannas, elephant ears, hibiscus), and elegant when placed in a summer border filled with agapanthus, summer phlox, and hydrangeas. I was lucky enough to find three tiny crinum lilies already growing in theContinue reading “The Crinum Lily Makes a Comeback”

Hummingbirds and Butterflies are the Best Garden Party Guests

I never knew how much I enjoyed the birds, butterflies, bees and other creatures that visit my garden until I had the time to actually watch them. When I worked full time, I did have a long garden border on the sunny side of my house that I glanced at from time to time asContinue reading “Hummingbirds and Butterflies are the Best Garden Party Guests”

Gardening is not for Quitters

Gardening brought much joy to people, young and old, during the worst months of the pandemic. My garden was one of the few places where I felt like things were “normal”. Like many, I spent too much money on seeds, bulbs, and mail-order perennials, but I have no regrets. Growing plants helped me cope withContinue reading “Gardening is not for Quitters”

A Look Back at the Glorious Spring Season

I’ve been recording reels for my instagram feed lately, trying my best to capture the over-the-top party that is spring in the South. It was cooler than normal in April and May, which slowed the pace of spring growth, allowing all of us to enjoy a bounty of blooms before summer heat set in. NowContinue reading “A Look Back at the Glorious Spring Season”

Gardening is a Journey (A Lesson in Patience)

Having now gardened in three states — Kansas, Georgia, and Alabama, I’ve come to this conclusion: You don’t really know anything about a new garden space until you’ve been digging and planting and sweating and killing plants for at least three seasons. Maybe longer. The act of growing things on any parcel of land will,Continue reading “Gardening is a Journey (A Lesson in Patience)”

New to Gardening? I’ve Written a Book Just for You

If you’ve been dreaming of a flower garden this winter, this is the perfect time learn how to do it all, from planning to planting to pruning. Whether you crave a tropical look for the backyard or an elegant container planting for your front porch, I’ve written a book that will get you started andContinue reading “New to Gardening? I’ve Written a Book Just for You”