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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- This really was a beautiful day, the lovely Hannah & her Bridesmaids were all getting ready in the Bridal Cottage in the courtyard at one of our all time favourite venues the fabulous Bartle Hall, Hannah had chosen a soft and romantic colour
Post by Growing The Home Garden - Vegetables, Herbs, and Plant Propagation Tips for Home Gardeners Ive been spending a lot of time dreaming about what is to come for our family, our new house, and the gardens. Its easy to come up with ideas but alway
Good morning Folks ~ Saturday was gray, windy, rainy and the temps went from warm and humid with the a.c. on, to growing chillier as the day wore on. Sunday morning 7:27 a.m. was the coldest at 44 degrees and real feel was 33 degrees. This morning it
Luminations, the annual holiday light display at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, didn’t happen last year. But it returned this year for a 4-night run that ended Sunday night. Our family went last night and had a lovely time viewing
You guys, I finally did it! I've been tossing around the idea of a cactus Christmas tree ever since I saw this image way back in (maybe) 2014. This was the finally the year...It's kinda crazy but all sorts of fun.I'd hoped the correlation between the
All the browns and oranges and gourds and pods that were starring in this space for the last month or two are back in their hiding places until next year. I decided to go for a completely different look this...All the browns and oranges and gourds an
I missed the window of fall planting for early over-wintered vegetables.  The spinach didn't germinate because of drought while we were away (and maybe the seeds were a bit old).But I do have collards, parsley, herbs, chard, garlic, and leek
See what happened to my MacBook? The lithium battery failed and pushed the mouse pad right out. If this ever happens to you, do NOT try to charge it, because it can explode, or at the very least, release noxious … Continue reading &#859
Before Thanksgiving I took a brief trip through the southwest, including visits to several sites with cliff dwellings. Bandelier National Monument was the first, and my first time seeing cliff dwellings. A lot of fun. I was perhaps expecting the buil
I visited a local shop today and found an old crystal door knob for my new creations topper.Almost looks like it was made that way. (-:I am still wondering what my Mom might think of my new creation out of her old lamp base.I added a battery candle f
Six months ago I visited the spikylicious garden of Matt Shreves, an Austin gardener I met on Instagram. Last month, he kindly invited the Austin blogger group over (or maybe we invited ourselves over, and he graciously agreed), so I got to enjoy the
from the body, (death) is to be present with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8) I knew beyond a shadow of doubt that when the medical team said my dear husband had died, that he was with Jesus, our awesome God and Creator. Knowing that has given me much p
Flurries were forecast, but the moist air had other ideas. We woke up to a wonderful blanket of snow and it continued snowing throughout the day.In the South, everything shuts down for snow and/or ice. Today was no exception. It was wonderfully quiet
Found this cleaning out her stuff last Summer. Merry Christmas to me(-: It was never used. Still in the box. She had a lot of things like that. Brand new except smoking made them not so new. Glass/ceramic can be washed and I left it outside
The flakes started hitting my windshield at 2:30 pm over in central-east Austin. By the time I got home I thought it was all over, but the heavy, gray sky and cold temps convinced me to start pulling pots of tender succulents up against the shelterin
It's that time of year, lists of gifts suitable for gardeners are popping up everywhere. I'm going to make it simple though and focus on just one idea... give the gift of membership in the Pacific Horticulture Society...Not only are you giving your f
We had such a lovely time planning and creating the fresh flowers for Alex & Ben's beautiful wedding day at The White Hart in Lydgate, our meetings were just fabulous and alway's included Alex's fab mum Karen and Ben's ace Mum PatBen &amp
It was a mere 16 degrees F. when I got up to make coffee this morning around 6:30 a.m. As the sun was slowly rising I noticed that the frost on the roofs of the houses across the street was...It was a mere 16 degrees F. when I got up to make coffee t
Garden fairies here. We are garden fairies and we would like to say that we welcome the wintry weather that has finally arrived in our garden. Now we don't have to feel guilty when we don't do anything in the garden, though let us tell you there is p
We've had such a mild autumn that my winterizing series has stretched on much longer than I intended it to. Currently a period of dry, sunny, days is upon us, which means we're looking at the possibility of a real frost...unless the insane east wind
For one West Austin homeowner, this is the view from her front door: an undulating, rhythmic front walk of poured-concrete pavers wending through a meadowy swath of Berkeley sedge, soap aloes, and purple heart, with a scrim of yaupon hollies shieldin
Were four raccoons and a skunk. That is up from the previous nights. They have notified their buddies I guess. Oh PepeHow could you deny such a sweet little face like that? LOL Even little critters are hungry this time of year. Lucky thing I keep a b
My dear readers, please welcome my good friend Susan Harris of GardenRant to Clay and Limestone! She's my first guest writer, so, you know that what she's sharing must be special!I think it is! For the last many years we gardeners have lamented the l
Good morning Folks ~ I hope your December is off to a good start. Im finishing up decorating, tinsel on trees, and setting up the Nativity. Not doing as much as in years past. There are a lot of blooms happening here at Plum Cottage gardens. All of t
Although it's hard to tell, the subject of the photo below and thus my Wednesday Vignette is a stump. It's the stump of a once giant Photinia that grew between our driveway and the neighboring house..I find myself watching this stump through out the
Sunday afternoon it was warm enough that we washed windows. Monday afternoon we marveled as the high temperature topped out at 61 degrees (16.11 C.). The normal high in early December is about 34 degrees F. (1.66 C.). You do...Sunday afternoon it was
Although my gardening companion has been busy adding rhododendrons to our woodland garden, and moving around native azaleas and kalmias, my vegetable gardening activities have slowed down (along with the pollinator-supporting ones).Because of traveli
Lisa and Duncan had chosen a fabulous colour scheme perfect for their Oriental themed wedding day, soft blush to deep reds. We created Lisa's wedding bouquet of pink Peonies teamed with deep hot pink Roses, bright red Red Roses, Burgundy Peonies and
Merry Merry MerryTook a trip to the Mall yesterday. It was everything but Merry. In fact it felt like a Mortuary.Seriously lacking anything Merry or Cheerful. I was really sad.No wonder Sears is closing a lot of their stores around the country. What
I passed this "in process" garden a couple of weeks ago and snapped a few photos, vowing to keep an eye on how it develops. There are many interesting details that I'm sure will explain themselves over time.If you have a photographic memory the house
I don't mean me. I'm thinking of you. Whoever you are, out there dreaming of more garden space with lots of sun and great soil. Our next-door neighbor has just put her house on the market. She and her late...I don't mean me. I'm think
If you happen to be in Eugene, Oregon, and want to see beautiful nature art, visit the University of Oregon’s Ford Alumni Center and look for the big hearth wall. On a visit to this pretty college town last summer I fell for the work Contem
Today's garden related activities have taken place under cover in the shelter of the greenhouse, where I've been tending to my collection of special named snowdrops. I can't remember exactly when my addiction started but it was somewhere before the t
Hinds' Feet on High Places Good morning Friends on this first day of December. This morning I have a book review for you. Im a bit late on getting this up and I apologize to the publishers for that. Last year I received a copy of the little book &amp
Today's bread.The sourdough starter was so excited to be used, I just couldn't deny it any longer.Turned out o.k. will cut it open in a bit and look inside. I hope it is all yummy and holey.Sourdough has a mind of it's own. You never know what is goi
On the way down to some doctors appointments in Cairns I lucked out when I arrived in Bunnings just as their monthly garden group began.  They provided pots, plants, decorations and soil to make your own Christmas centerpiece.  This
I’ve enjoyed many a visit at the garden of my good friend Diana Kirby, designer at Diana’s Designs, garden columnist at the Austin American-Statesman, and publisher of the blog Sharing Nature’s Garden. But inexplicably I
My friend, and fellow blogger, Ann (aka the Amateur Bot-ann-ist) organized a wreath making party over Thanksgiving weekend, several of us showed up and brought cuttings. The wonderful thing about making wreathes with friends especially when those fri
This is the current state of the foliage arrangement I put together on Oct. 28. Since then it's been refreshed (Nov. 10), downsized (Nov. 24) and refreshed again just before I snapped these photos. The creamy brown leaf in the...This is the current s
What a truly amazing day, and so many people to congratulate and thank, the numbers were outstanding, the effort remarkable, the humbleness we feel non quantifiablewe had...812 in the Brian House Children's Hospice Bucket & on line donations
I really dont care about the house, but the estate is wonderful. A walk yesterday late afternoon was lovely. Were so lucky to be close by, and to be passholders.
Hello Folks ~ This is one of my favorite flowering plants and it is a vine. I grew this from seed from a friend. I have two a large one from seed and a small one from a cutting. I want to get more of these propogated and planted in my front hedgerow.
The question on many a gardener's mind is how do you know if you have a certified garden fairy habitat. Before you can even ask if your garden is a certified garden fairy habitat, you need to go through the following checklist and make sure you can a
We took a ride to the creek yesterday again. Here are some of the rocks we saw and a nice raccoon track. Heart Star on a rock Raccoon
At this season of the year, the garden has gone into dormancy, and I am impatient for indoor blooms to replace those outdoors. Just in time, one of my holiday cactus (Schlumbergera) plants, the one that I think of as a Thanksgiving cactus, opened its
Seeing Blackbird, a new sculpture in Austin’s Republic Square Park, for the first time last week, I couldn’t help hearing Paul McCartney’s lilting voice in my head: Blackbird singing in the dead of night Take these broke
Yesterday's post was a (very) detailed look at just one part of the McMenamins Anderson School gardens. Today I share photos from the rest of the campus...And a campus it really is, since the facility occupies what was Bothell's first Junior High Sch
The spurt of dry and warmer days that we've recently experienced made it possible to get most of the garden cleanup done. There are still lots of locust pods hanging on but most of the leaves are down. If we...The spurt of dry and warmer days that we
Post by Growing The Home Garden - Vegetables, Herbs, and Plant Propagation Tips for Home Gardeners The holiday season is in full swing and the good news is that gardeners are very easy to shop for! Whether your gardener likes gardening with vegetable
This was one of those weddings that we were all looking forward to, it's lovely to look after 'florally speaking' gorgeous people, particularly when the wedding is in our home town of Lytham, even more so when one of the Bridesmaid's is one of your f