Winter: The Season of Our Discontent

Gardeners live for the spring...the summer...and the fall. Winter is truly the season of our discontent. We are grumpy, dissatisfied, whiny, cold, and very, very impatient. We bemoan the temperatures, the snow, the wind, and the wet. We complain about the shortened days and the general lack of sunshine. Basically it is the gardeners duty to be miserable and assure that … [Read More...]

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Design Tip: Lawn Shape

Design Tip: Give Your Lawn a Shape

Let's talk about lawns. Those sprawling carpets of green that blanket the vast majority of our urban and suburban lots. By now you are probably aware that all that lawn space is unhealthy, wasted space. Turf grass is a whole lot like a very spoiled child. It requires too much attention and doesn't contribute … [Read More...]

Southern Wild Design

Native Plants and Insects: A Vital Connection

Have you ever read or heard an idea that was so simple and logical yet, so profound that it sent a firework display of thoughts going off in your head for days? This idea is so obvious--sitting right there in front of you--that you just hadn't put two and two together? That's how I felt after reading Douglas … [Read More...]

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Rethinking Our Landscapes and Gardens to Include Wildlife

It is pouring down rain this morning as I sit and write. I moved to the Carolinas from an area of Texas that has experienced extreme drought, so the rain is a welcome blessing. It is a reminder of the power of nature to shape our lives. It is a reminder of the complexity of this earth system that we share … [Read More...]


Winter Hiking…DuPont State Recreational Forest

Outdoors: the curious frontier. This is the quest of the human Julie. My continuing mission: to explore strange new places, to seek out new plants and new earthlings, to boldly go where I have not gone before, to share this quest and encourage others to do the same. My New Year's resolution... Oh boy, I … [Read More...]

Pearl Fryar

Meet Pearl Fryar…Plant Artist Extraordinaire

We all know that with every rule there is an exception. In this case, it is an exception to the "No More Meatball Bushes" rule. Meatball bushes are the shrubs that are sheared into submission and spend their sad, shortened life in the shape of round green globes...landscape meatballs. And once in awhile … [Read More...]

Latest Inside Projects

Reupholster an Ottoman

How to Reupholster an Ottoman

Wow! I actually got another small project done yesterday! I managed to reupholster an ottoman. But before I get to that and if you are confused and thought this was a blog about gardening, etc., it is. You are in the right place, but since winter is approaching and I’m in the house more, I’m sharing […]

book swap

Book Swap!

Crafting disaster aside, let’s get back to things I know how to do and love! Books! Books! Books! I love books…real, tangible, made-with-paper, hold-in-your-hands, turn-real-pages books. With the cold weather upon us, it’s time to take a look at our libraries for winter entertainment and study. There are gift lists galore right now and chances are […]

failed craft project

Flower Ornament Craft Fail

Oh, boy. I am so not a crafty person. I admire all of you who are. How on earth do you do it? In my mind I am this amazing Martha Stewart type, whipping through Hobby Lobby and gathering my supplies. Then returning home to fashion fabric poinsettias for the Christmas tree all before cooking […]


Curtains for the Dining and Living Rooms

Fall is winding down and winter is well on its way. I finished my outdoor chores for the year (well…sort of…mostly), and I moved myself indoors for some projects that have been waiting for my attention for far too long. Some garden design work still lingers, and I’m still acquiring plants for clients and placing them […]

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Drawers vs. Doors…Kitchen Cabinets

Getting a new kitchen is exciting stuff. Whether you’re remodeling or building new, careful planning is a must for the most used room in the house. I wrote a post awhile back about my kitchen remodel. (New Ikea Kitchen) I’ve received several requests to elaborate a bit on the kitchen cabinets, so let’s talk drawers vs. […]

Over the fridge Ikea cabinet

Ikea’s Over the Fridge Cabinet

It’s Ikea kitchen season. Ikea is winding down its annual kitchen sale and folks are now faced with installing their new kitchen cabinets. I, for one, am an enormous fan of Ikea cabinets. I have installed cabinets in two kitchens, a mudhall, a laundry room, and two bathrooms. And when I say that I installed […]