bluebird

Bluebirds…Garden Visitors

Happy hour happens everyday since I put the birdbath in the garden. Late in the afternoon the neighborhood birds start gathering for a drink and a quick dip. They're all very civilized about it. Bluebirds, cardinals, sparrows, house wrens, and mockingbirds collect on the powerlines, rooflines and in the nearby trees all waiting their turn. My favorite visitors are the … [Read More...]

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fall mums

Bah Mum Bug!

I love fall. I haven't really experienced fall since I was a young girl until last year when I moved to the South Carolina Upstate. Until last year, fall was just a time that leaves fell off trees more so because of the lack of rain rather than a seasonal change. Kids trick-or-treated in their shorts and … [Read More...]

Birdbath

The Reward for Planting a Butterfly Garden

Oh my goodness. I just finished planting the perennials in my new butterfly garden last week and already the visitors are rolling in. It's true...plant it and they will come! If you have read a few of my posts, you will know that I am ripping out grass and putting in beds. This butterfly garden is the first … [Read More...]

North Carolina Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum

Recently my fellow dirt nerd, Sandy O., and I visited the North Carolina Arboretum. It was well worth the trip! We were both a little gaga over the layout and gardens. She was very patient with me as I snapped photos like a fool, and while I would love to share all of the pics I took, you wouldn't have the … [Read More...]

Fall gardening

It’s Fall Y’all! Get Your Gardening On!

That's right, today is the first day of autumn. Thanks to Google's doodle, I have been informed of the arrival of autumn. And, appropriately so, a cold front blew in last night. This is a perfect day to remind you that fall is the BEST time for gardening. In fact, all of the other seasons could just disappear … [Read More...]

NC Arboretum

NC Arboretum Sneak Peek

Yesterday I visited the NC Arboretum near Asheville and boy was it worth the trip! Wow! Here is a sneak peek of a few things my friend Sandy and I saw. I will put up a proper post in the next few days! Happy Friday! … [Read More...]

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fall mums

Bah Mum Bug!

I love fall. I haven’t really experienced fall since I was a young girl until last year when I moved to the South Carolina Upstate. Until last year, fall was just a time that leaves fell off trees more so because of the lack of rain rather than a seasonal change. Kids trick-or-treated in their […]

Birdbath

The Reward for Planting a Butterfly Garden

Oh my goodness. I just finished planting the perennials in my new butterfly garden last week and already the visitors are rolling in. It’s true…plant it and they will come! If you have read a few of my posts, you will know that I am ripping out grass and putting in beds. This butterfly garden […]

Fall gardening

It’s Fall Y’all! Get Your Gardening On!

That’s right, today is the first day of autumn. Thanks to Google’s doodle, I have been informed of the arrival of autumn. And, appropriately so, a cold front blew in last night. This is a perfect day to remind you that fall is the BEST time for gardening. In fact, all of the other seasons could […]

Butterfly Gardens

Planting a Butterfly Garden

Sometimes gardening sounds so difficult and the amount of information can be daunting. It can make your head swim and cause an acute case of analysis paralysis. Ever feel that way? Think about it, when someone can write a whole book on just one gardening topic, then it must be a really difficult and complicated hobby. Right? One whole book on […]

Slow gardening

Slow Gardening…heck, slow everything!

A client of mine was explaining to me that her HOA gives out pink slips to residents whose yards are not quite up to standard. I wondered whose standard? I was also very grateful that I don’t live in her neighborhood or have an HOA to contend with because I would probably be able to […]

Choosing the color of your outdoor furniture

Choosing the Color of Your Outdoor Furniture

Choosing colors is hard. We all have our favorites that we easily pick for the small stuff like clothes, pillows, plants, and flowers. But when it comes time to choosing a color for the big stuff, the stuff that dominates the room (think wall colors and furniture) or the stuff that takes a big bite […]