the prettiest poppies

i was delighted to see this raspberry pink poppy blooming for the first time in our garden a few mornings ago:

i’m glad i got a few shots of it then, because this evening’s deluge of rain has certainly stripped all the petals off by now. i’m not sure what variety it is as it was a passalong plant, either from my master gardener friends elmer or ginny. and i’m guessing if it was from ginny, then there’s a good chance it was from elmer! here’s to you dear friend… may your healing unfurl as effortlessly as the blooms after a spring rain. xox.


who’s got the best bluebonnets in town?

the brazos county master gardeners, of course! i just went out to check on the DIG (our demonstration idea garden) and this is who greeted me there:


just in time for our upcoming plant sale… not this weekend, but NEXT WEEKEND, saturday, march 24th. be there or be square. maybe more of the aggie bonnets will be in bloom by then. what’s an aggie bonnet you say…? don’t you know everything in this town is maroon…?


(almost) spring garden view

spring doesn’t officially land on the astronomical calendar until march 20th, but the garden, in response to the seemingly warmer than typical temperatures of late, is telling me otherwise this year.

front yard garden view of Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum' (bronze fennel), Salvia gregii 'Raspberry' (sage), Pyrrhopappus multicaulis (texas dandelion) and friends...

a few steps closer to Rosa 'Knock Out' (rose), Punica 'Red Silk' (pomegranate), Salvia x fruticosa 'Newe Ya'ar' (sage) and Prunus 'Methley' (plum) ... and some slime mold on the leaf mulch, yay!

a close up of pretty Prunus 'Methley' (plum) blooms that burst into flower this morning. even mr. grwhryrpltd stopped to enjoy them before heading to work this morning

isn’t it all so pretty? you should see it from the other direction, when the late afternoon sun and early evening sunset light up the newly emerging foliage like rubies.

talk about a knock out... Rosa 'Knockout' against Punica 'Red Silk' (pomegranate)

newly emerging pomegranate leaves... little rubies they are...

especially when back lit. this is what i call the ruby glow...

and i’ve got a little extra glow because i was awarded this the other night:

2011 brazos county master gardener of the year

gardening is a labor of love, no matter where you’re able to do it… happy march everyone.

here chickie, chickie

okay, i admit it. i want to join the throes of gardeners out there with chickens running around their yards. i’ve posted about it before, having gone on two of two local pulletpalooza tours here in the bryan/college station area. i hear austin’s funky chicken coop tour is coming up soon… lord knows they’ll have oodles of inspiring coops and gardens, tractors and critter protection solutions. unfortunately, we don’t have the “required space” for a coop at our humble abode… but thankfully, i have friends and clients who do! so i’ve been reading up on the subject in jessi bloom’s debut book, free-range chicken gardens, recently published by timber press.

jessi's new book!

i got to meet jessi when i was in seattle last summer for the garden blogger’s fling, and i gotta say, she’s a pretty cool gal. not only because she free-ranges chickens in her garden, but for her skills as a landscape designer AND installer, her positive outlook on life and family, and her no-holds-barred attitude when it comes to roller derby. yep, you should ask to see her tattoos…! her visually inspiring book covers all one might want to know about keeping such avian friends in the garden. you might just find yourself dreaming of feathers and wire mesh fabric.

to encourage all us chicken wannabe’s to take the next step toward poultry rearing, timber press is hosting an exciting giveaway, but you only have until friday february 17th to enter…! that’s in two days, people.

the goods include:

  • a copy of jessi’s book
  • a $50 gift card for chicken feed or supplies from McMurray Hatchery
  • one chicken coop plan from The Garden Coop (a $20 value), and
  • 1 lb. of organic chicken forage blend and seeds for chicken-friendly plants from Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply (a $20 value)

so whatcha waiting for? get on over to the timber press contest website for all the details and enter away!

for full blog disclosure, i did not receive a free media-sponsored book from timber press, as i beat them to the punch and pre-ordered it before i found out about this contest. jessi is an acquaintance of mine, and i wish her all the best!

who needs to buy flowers…

when you can grow your own?

Rosa 'Spice' and 'Belinda's Dream'

while i did support the floral industry for yesterday’s big event, i had to supplement the arrangement that arrived on our doorstep with a few of these fresh beauties from the garden. there… that’s better.

alstros, roses & panicum arrangement, finished sweater & cheddar beer mustard bread.

my sweetie was particularly lucky. not only did i make him cheddar-beer-mustard pull apart bread (which was good even for someone who can’t stand mustard…), but the sweater i’ve been knitting him on/off for the past three years is finally DONE!

i hope cupid was good to you. happy belated valentine’s day everyone, and happy bloom day.



it was an early january day when i noticed a pink castle peeking over our garden fence. i wondered who the princess was, and if she was happy in her abode amongst giants. the looks of it made me smile.