Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Regrowing food

Did you know that there are tons of foods out there that can be replanted and regrown after you use them? A perfect example of this is green onions. You don't have to go out and buy a bunch of green onions from the store every time a recipe calls for them! Once you cut the base with the roots off the green onions, instead of throwing them away, put them in a little cup of water or plant them in some soil.

You'll be amazed at how quickly they start to regrow and you can just trim off some anytime you want! The picture above is a comparison of just one week of growth, can you believe it?!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Hey You - look at me!

On one of my recent visits to the Red Barn Nursery, with Ally of Garden Ally, I saw this so cute and sweet small shrub.  It had these tiny pink flowers and called out to me - 'hey you - look at me!  You want one of me in your landscaping, don't you!'

What can I say - but of course!   I could NOT resist this little cutie.  It's a dwarf New Zealand Tea tree.  It's native to New Zealand and Australia - and is named 'tea tree' because it's tiny leaves are often dried and used to make tea. 

Oh, that's Maggie in the background - my female alpha corgi. 

I just LOVE those pink blooms! 
Not sure I'll be making tea anytime soon - but I just LOVE those cute, small and pink flowers. The bottom branches look a bit scraggly. I'll give it some time and then maybe prune those back to give it a better shape.

One footnote - it's only hardy in zones 9-11. I'll have to make sure and provide extra cover on cold nights - but... for now, I think we're done with cold temps.

Isn't it a cutie!!!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


I just read through this month's Garden Designers Roundtable and wow - talk about inspiration! I especially connected with Jenny Peterson's blog post because I also go to public gardens, read blogs and follow along with other garden bloggers here in Austin.

My biggest inspiration comes from color. I love color. If you've been to my house, you know all about my fascination with color. Anyway, here's some colorful pics I took this morning - even in January - that show the colors that are in my garden now.

How's about that red Heavenly Bamboo and Purple heart? 

  More purple heart and Sticks on fire (More on sticks on fire)
And a variety of succulents with green, red, blue and varigation!  

Love color.    Can't wait for just a few more weeks so I can start adding even more color through the garden.

Monday, March 12, 2012

New happenings in my garden

Remember my Japanese Maple Trees I bought from a nursery in OK. Here they are today - looking very nice with pretty red leaves. They're still in big pots as I'm still working on their exact placement in my yard. I want to be sure the shady area I've picked really is shady once we get into the heat of the summer.

This one is the 'Acer disectum (laceleaf) weeping Crimson Queen'. Love the lace leaves.

This one is 'Acer palmatum Emperor I.'

Do you hate weeds?  I hate weeds.  This is the pile of weeds I pulled yesterday. My yard is so full of weeds - I'm sure I should receive some sort of award on how many weeds can be pulled in one afternoon - and let me tell you - my ham strings are really sore this morning!   
Last fall, I planted some herbs in the garden - just for fun.  Wanted to see how they did.  This is spearmint - and it's really taken off.  Looks a bit invasive  - but I won't hold that against it. 
Those are just a few things happening in my garden these days.  Looking forward to nice warm sunny days this week. 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Color - lots and lots of color!

I found this book at Home Depot on one of my visits last Fall, and couldn't help but buy it because I just LOVE the idea of Veggies and annuals - and all of the color! I'm really in to color - if you saw my house - you'd know exactly what I'm talking about.

I enjoyed this book and refer to it alot. It's got a great cross reference in the back listing Veggies and annuals that worked the best - the ones that didn't work so well - and of course those that just wouldn't work at all.

I've started some seedlings inside for things that I know I can't get at one of the local nurseries or from the Master Gardeners - such as snap peas and purple peppers (remember, I said I liked color?) I can't wait to put lots of their suggestions to work.

This is the website you can buy the book from as well as other gardening trugs and trellises:
(Full disclosure - I nabbed that pic from their website).

I just love those trelisses with the cherry tomatoes and red peppers - also paired with other annuals. What a great idea - hope I can post pics of my trails later on this summer.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

2012 - the year of the tree!

2012 is the year of the tree for my backyard (whoopsie, don't tell my HOA). I've purchased 2 trees from a local nursery and had 2 others shipped to me. All of them are about 3 to 4 feet tall.

The locally purchased trees are an ornamental Retama (I know, these guys are like weeds) and a Mimosa tree. The other two are Japanese Maples - ordered from a nursery in Oklahoma... and yes..... japanese maples are not native and adapted... but I'll work hard to keep them happy in my backyard.

The two japanese maples were delivered to me in these cool burlap bags. I purchased a 'Acer disectum (laceleaf) weeping Crimson Queen and 'Acer palmatum Emperor I.'

For now, I've potted all of the trees in large pots and will place them in their planned final spots just to make sure they're getting what they need - and not too much sun - before I put them in the ground.

I can't wait to post more pics as time goes on as each tree gets leaves and grows!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sometimes, things just come together....

This past Sunday was a busy one for me......

Sometimes - things just have a way of coming together. Last year I needed my roof replaced, and the roofers killed the grass right near the house - in the corner of my front yard. Before the roofers came, the grass was up to the edge of the small patio in front of my front door. But ladders and guys walking on the grass, killed it. What's a gardener to do but dig it up and plant something!

I had some landscaping rock I bought from craigslist last year - so used it as the border. I knew that the varigated lirope did well during last summer's heat and this winter's freezes - so I bought a plat of it from Home depot. I also bought a plat of begonia's - even though they are really annuals, they take shade and bloom well in this area.

This is basically 'the cake'. I plan on getting lots more to plant as the 'icing on the cake'. I'm thinking of more color - maybe heucheras and coleus. It's fully shaded, so will have to consider that when picking out plants. Also, I need some sort of a focal point - that will come over time.

My other endeavour on that beautiful Sunday was to 'finish' my greenhouse. I had purchased a used 6'x8' greenhouse - glass with aluminum frame - from craigslist last fall. I worked on getting the glass installed as time allowed - and Viola! There it is. My Greenhouse!

Sunday I spent the day collecting and hauling pea gravel available for free to my subdivision from the hoa play ground that is being redone. I also put in more of the glass panes. I was putting in the LAST piece of glass in the roof and must have given the glass a bit of 'torque' - it broke right in my hands.... so I still need to get one more piece of glass and install it - then I will truly be in business!

I'm hoping that this weekend I can be as productive!