Carefully Chosen: Little Bits of Gardening Advice

Pretty often our neighbors come ask us for gardening advice.
It embarrasses me to some extent because there's really no big secret to what we've done for years.

Can I share my not so big secret with you?

We choose our plants very carefully based on a number of factors.

First, consider the climate right where you live.
How hot does it get during the day? 
In Texas it will be 100+ late in the summer. We choose only the plants that can persevere.
We buy plants that were grown locally whenever possible so they are accustomed to the climate.

Consider how much water plants need.
That might not be an issue for you but we are in extreme drought with serious water rationing.
Every drop of water matters so nothing that requires a lot of water is planted here.

Knock-out roses

Consider the size the plant will be at maturity.
Choose plants that will fit well in your space without excessive grooming.
All of that grooming changes the natural shape and blooming habits of plants.
Give them time and space to fill out and become buddies.

Peace Rose

Last, I would say choose varieties of plants that are proven for your area.
By that I mean that other gardeners have approved them through growing trials.

We listen to gardening programs on the radio and we've read books
that relate to gardening specifically in North Texas.
We use local information to help us choose plants.

Sorry but Pinterest might not be your best source to help you choose plants.
Although it's great for inspiration.

Henry Duelberg Salvia

There really is more to gardening than these things but these are good pieces of advice to start with.
When we started gardening 26 years ago, we tried to copy pictures out of BHG, we bought plants at any ol' store, we disregarded information provided just because we liked certain plants, etc.

You know what happens?
You learn as you go along but you waste a lot of money and plants.

Since we moved to this house almost two years ago, we've planted our major flower beds with various shrubs and perennials. We are seeing the results of our hard work and money well spent.

It's beautiful out there already and we are enjoying it!

Have you learned a lot about gardening for your area?
What have you learned about choosing plants?

This was the first comment left today by my friend Manuela.
You know what, this is the reason I'm not an advice columnist or a how-to girl.
She's right!!

Good advice!OK I don't do any of those thing! I buy what I like and if it lives it lives and if not...oh well. Sometimes plants will surprise you!

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Happy Easter Friends

Out of pocket for awhile.
Be back in a week or so.
Hope you all are enjoying a beautiful spring. :)

Lamp Love

I got the nicest email yesterday from Mary Jean
who saw the bunny lamp in my dining room and loved it.

She shared that her last name means "hare" in Polish.
Isn't that neat?

Well, Mary Jean I wasn't able to figure out how to respond to you.
I've had my lamp for 14 years and can't tell you where to get one.

So... this post is for you. :)
The link for each lamp is right below the picture.
Just click on the words.

Aren't they fun? Since brass is back in style I'd be tempted by the first one.

Happy Saturday Y'all!!

Four Things I'm Just Gonna Say

First we need a picture of something pretty. 
Here's my basket today and here it is two weeks ago when it was planted. 
Big difference already!

I love you sunshine.

1.  When we moved back to Texas our oldest son, Spencer, stayed in Oklahoma.
Sometimes I miss him so much it feels like part of my heart is missing.
He's 24 and doing his own thing.
I understand but that doesn't make me miss him less.

Here he is a couple of months ago participating in one of those mud run things.
I'm sure he'll love that the world is seeing his unders. :)

2.  Even though I have cleaned and scrubbed the kitchen top to bottom this week....and yes that includes the refrigerator and ovens...there's a strange smell in my kitchen that I can't find.
Doesn't it drive you crazy when that happens?

3.  Shopping at Laurie Anna's Vintage Home is the best! 
My sister-in-law and I both could spend our last few dollars there.
It's 45 minutes from our house so thank goodness it's only open First Monday weekend.
Texans will understand that.

4.  Today Poofing the Pillows is being featured at by sweet Marty at 
A Stroll Thru Life.
I hope you'll visit me there.

Happy Friday Blogging Buddies!

From this Little Corner of Mine

I'm so lucky to have a little office area in this house. It's my spot and I make it as girly as I please.

I've attempted to show you this space before and it's quite a challenge but I'm trying again.

A few weeks ago Sonya Hamilton made amazing new curtains for this area and I promised to show them to you.  The curtain below is by my desk.

Sonya made similar curtains for her friend Elizabeth and when I fell down on the
ground begging, she made some for me too.  Isn't it cute?

My desk is around the corner from the the laundry room...and next to the dining room.

It's a tucked-in pass-through spot. You can spin and see four other rooms at once.

The cutie above is in the laundry room. Every day these curtains make me smile because I love the colors.

Do you have a little happy spot to work in? This is where I pay bills, do various paperwork projects, and work on the blog.

Saturday Feature at Must Love Junk

Hi Y'all and Happy Saturday!

I wanted to let you know that I'm an invited guest today at Susan's blog

I'd love for you to come by and visit.
This is where you'll learn all my deepest darkest secrets. 


For now, perfectly sweet strawberries in a bowl.
In a day or two, strawberry pie.
My sister-in-law is coming and she deserves something sweet like her. :)

A Beautiful Mom and Survivor: Mesothelioma Awareness

Today's post is so very important.
I hope you'll take the time to read this.

I was recently contacted by Heather Von St. James who is a beautiful wife and mom.
She is also a mesothelioma survivor.

Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2005, shortly after her daughter was born.
Thankfully she was able to receive outstanding care and she 
lived to be the mom and wife she dreamed of being.

"...there was no option other than to live through this..."

Take 3 minutes to watch this video and you will be so inspired.

All of us have been touched by one type of cancer or another.
Mesothelioma isn't talked about as much as other cancers and it should be!
Generations of people were exposed to asbestos in their workplaces and apparently
it's still happening today.

We need to be educated and aware.
Every year, 3000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Heather has made it her life's mission to live for her family but also
to educate others.  

She shares her experiences and her life as a survivor at 

I have spent time at this website and can tell you there is excellent information about
asbestos, cancer, surviving, nutrition, research, and so much more.

Welcome Back Flowers

Welcome Supertunia.
I've never had you before but they promise you are much
more sturdy than your cousins who always die.

Welcome freshly planted garden cart.
You've served me well for so many years and you roll out of the sun when needed.
Geraniums, lamb's ear, sun colius, blackie sweet potato vine, and bacopa - 
I'll take care of you.

Welcome Kimberly Queen Ferns.
Now don't you be shedding too much!
I like it neat and tidy around here.

And sweet red geranium.
You will always and forever be my favorite.
I know it's gonna be hot here in Texas but you'll like it in the bright shade of the patio.

Welcome back dirty hands and garden gloves!!

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