Category: Kids in the Garden

Freaky, Creepy Plants for Halloween creepy freaky plants halloween

Freaky, Creepy Plants for Halloween

I love this time of year, especially Halloween.  In the past, in honor of this holiday, I’ve written about my favorite black & orange plants, and spooky old cemeteries (click here and here, if you dare!)  This year, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite freaky, creepy plants that I’ve encountered over the […]

Saying Goodbye to Your Garden with Pressed Flowers pressed floweres

Saying Goodbye to Your Garden with Pressed Flowers

Saying goodbye to your garden is never easy. Never!   I remember just a few years ago when I said goodbye to my garden of 30+ years – hoo boy, was that hard.   While I came up with some helpful coping strategies to make the transition easier (click here to read), it was still an emotional […]

Lavenders for all four seasons lavenders

Lavenders for all four seasons

Lavenders are one of my favorite low-water, low-maintenance perennials for my mild-climate, zone 9 garden.  After designing gardens for 20 years now, I’d have to say they’re in at least 90% of my gardens – and for good reason!   Many varieties of lavender are really long-lived and they thrive on neglect (the most common […]

Making succulent pumpkins Succulent Pumpkin

Making succulent pumpkins

Without a doubt, fall is my favorite season of the year. Once I spot the first signs of pumpkins and squash adorning grocery stores (which happened this week, btw!) I’m like a kid in a candy shop. And don’t even get me started on my obsession with glass pumpkins! I’ve admired succulent-topped pumpkins ever since […]

Taking ‘gardening is therapy’ to a whole new level

Taking ‘gardening is therapy’ to a whole new level

At one time or another, most of us have said ‘gardening is therapy,’ right?   But seeing an actual therapeutic garden work its magic right in front of me is a whole different experience. Recently, my mother and I visited my mom’s cousin, Carol, to see the incredible garden she helped create for her adult daughter, […]

Design your Garden Toolkit – a review, a story, and a giveaway

Design your Garden Toolkit – a review, a story, and a giveaway

  Recently my good friend, Michelle Gervais (who was also the former garden editor of Fine Gardening magazine for many, many years) asked me to take a look at her new book ‘Design your Garden Toolkit.’ I jumped at the chance, knowing that her years of knowledge and down-to-earth approach would make for a fantastic […]

Monarch Mayhem: joy and heartbreak in the garden

Monarch Mayhem: joy and heartbreak in the garden

Remember last year when I wrote about my daughter’s newly found passion for monarch butterflies? Well, I recently received this text from her: “Guess who’s back!’ Emily was thrilled to find two more emerald chrysalises hanging from her front door – a repeat performance of last spring!  (can you spot them?  It’s the teeny tiny bright […]

The birds in my garden (plus a HUGE plant giveaway from Sunset!)

The birds in my garden (plus a HUGE plant giveaway from Sunset!)

  I simply adore the birds that visit my garden. Here one moment and gone the next, their fleeting presence and sweet, sweet songs never fail to cause my heart to skip a beat. And the entertainment they’ve provided over the years has been priceless, adding so much joy to our lives. Recently, someone was […]

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