Category Archives: Landscape/Gardening Decor

The Tulip Tree (Saucer Magnolia)

February is the magical time of year in North Texas when the Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana), or locally called, Tulip Tree, bursts with huge, 6-8 inch blooms in varying shades of pink against the otherwise barren winter landscape.  The tree’s timing, … Continue reading

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Fall Flowers, Foliage & Fruit

Below is an article I recently wrote for my workplace newsletter.  Although a bit premature, the subject hopefully be timely soon as we seek relief, even if only in the planning stages,  from the current heat spell here in North … Continue reading

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Cast Iron Plant Lives Up to Its Name

A few weeks ago, I had occasion to take a peek at my neighbor’s gorgeous backyard. We were doing a one-day dog-sitting stint for their beautiful and very well-mannered golden retriever. I could go on and on about how wonderful … Continue reading

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Fairy Lights

  I am absolutely in love (my husband says, obsessed) with solar landscape lights. What is not to like about solar lights?  As long as they get a good bit of sunshine during the day, they are maintenance free, wire … Continue reading

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Ornamental Peppers

Photo above compliments of “<a href=”https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Piment_fort.jpg#/media/File:Piment_fort.jpg”>Piment fort” by Atilin” title=”User:Atilin”>Atilin – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons. One of my latest posts was about incorporating Crossandra (or Firecracker Plant) into your fall décor. Today, I’d like to … Continue reading

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Another Great Pumpkin Story

Originally Posted 10/25/2012 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Pumpkin Pumpkins on a doorstep, along flowerbeds and in autumn scenes provide an instant fall feel to any yard or landscape come September and October. (Even when it is 87 degrees outside as it is today in … Continue reading

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October is the Month for Acorns

October is THE month for acorns. Depending on where you live, most of the acorns from your oak trees may have already dropped. In the warmer climates, acorns are just now beginning to mature and fall. Regardless, whether you are … Continue reading

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Preparing our Gardens for Fall

I bet I know what you were thinking when you read the title of this post – “Why are you talking about fall weather when most of us are still seeing 95+ temperatures?” Well, rightly so, it is a tiny … Continue reading

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Asparagus Fern Adds Lushness to Stark Landscapes

Originally published July 2011. With no rain in sight and temps continuing to hover around 100 degrees in most of the U.S., there is no doubt your landscape is suffering right now. Hopefully, you have a few pops of ornamental … Continue reading

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Birdhouse Gourds

Originally published August 2011. I admit a few years ago I planted birdhouse gourd vines merely for the fun of it. The picture on the seed packet looked very interesting and I knew I would be happy if the vines … Continue reading

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