fall leaves

Leaf Mulch…Nature’s Bargain!

It is no secret that I love fall. I also love a good bargain, and Mother Nature provides just that bargain every fall in the form of leaves that then become leaf mulch. Leaves turn amazing colors...reds, oranges, and yellows...and then they fall to the ground. That's when the bargain hunting begins! Those leaves are THE BEST mulch material on the face of the earth and they … [Read More...]

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ikea cabinets

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 … [Read More...]

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 … [Read More...]

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...]

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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 […]