Category Archives: Gardening

Working in the shade!


  1. Because I’m old. No need to explain, if you’re old, you understand, if not you   wouldn’t understand anyway.
  2. The sun is very hot and burns your skin. Not a pretty sight, red and peeling skin. Yuk.
  3.  When you work in the sun you get all wet and the sweat runs down to your undies. If you work in the shade the sweat only drizzles down slowly.
  4. When you work in the sun, your freckles pop out. When your freckles pop out you get mad and pull the flowers instead of the weeds. You know they are flowers because they are easy to pull. Weeds are much harder.
  5. Flowers are easier to transplant if it’s shady. Give them a break. They don’t wither and die as easily. In the end you will have a more beautiful garden.

Happy Gardening!


Spring has arrived in northeast Texas

Spring is in the air and it is lovely in northeast Texas. My garden has been calling me  for several days. The roses need pruning, the weeds need to be removed, and some parts of the flower beds just need a general overhaul.

The flowering pear tree has been quite lovely this spring.

The pastures are all turning green. They are mostly weeds at the moment, but who cares. The cows are happy to be eating green stuff instead of the brown stuff they had to eat in 2011.

                                                My Indian Hawthorn shrubs are in full bloom and they are definitely one of my favorite plants.

They are a low maintenance evergreen that thrives well in full sun or will tolerate some shade. They all survived last summer during our extreme drought.

The dogwood tree showed some signs of stress due to last years unusual weather. However, it was still quite lovely.

We are hoping for a more normal weather season in 2012.

So far we have had plenty of rain this spring.

I  love this groundcover. It stays low and is very easy to maintain since it has very shallow roots.

I have it scattered in many spots in the flower beds. I think it is called Sedum ‘Blue Spruce’. It is one of the best.


Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there. ~ Thomas Fuller ~ 

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome!

The Cat and the Pansies

It has been a rather hard winter in Northeast Texas this year. Since pansies are one of my favorite flowers, I try to plant them every fall. This year they kept saying, “What are you doing to me? I have been covered up with this white stuff they call snow three times this year and I want to come out and smell the roses.”

 The cat even came out to greet them. Her name is “Cotton”. That name seems to be quite fitting since she looks like a cotton ball.

The weather is warming up now and the animals and I are enjoying the moment.

Happy Spring!!!