Finally! I’m BACK!


Coral Honeysuckle in Full Bloom, and Carolina Wren in Residence in the Old Birdhouse

I know I’ve said it before, but honestly, you have no idea how much time writing and publishing a book can eat up. I’m spending at least 60 hours a DAY on it, so you know I’m in Time Deficit Mode, here! ๐Ÿ˜€ But. I’m trying to find ways to manage my crowded days better, so I can get back to my blogs again. I’ve already gotten Bookin’ It back to speed, and I can’t leave Who’s Your Granny just abandoned and lonely, now can I?


View from My Patio Table

So…here’s the scoop. My sad and neglected garden is undergoing a metamorphosis as I try to get it cleaned up, replanted, and looking good before the heat becomes unbearable.

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First Don Juan rose of the season. Reddest & most perfect rose, ever! (Ignore all the photos
on my inspiration board. This is my writing desk, and you never know who or what might
be displayed! ๐Ÿ˜€

I dug my pathetic looking roses, which do not like my soil, and potted them in huge containers last month, and they are already leafed out and starting to bloom. They LOVE the richer potting soil, and the extra TLC.


I’ve raised and released six monarchs already this season, which is pretty good, given that I don’t have as much milkweed available for them to lay their eggs on as I usually do. It’s on my shopping list.

Found a decent source of good terra cotta and glazed pots at my local Wal-Mart. Much better prices than Home Depot, and certainly better than most garden centers. So I’m collecting pots and moving a lot of things out of the ground and into containers. Easier to care for, and I have more control over the growing medium. I’m trying to do more xeriscaping for the inground stuff…native plants and low maintenance things. And annuals, which I’d have to replace every year, anyway. Thinking of broadcasting some wildflower seeds, if it isn’t already too late here.


Mama Cardinal on my Jasmine vine, just outside my screen porch. Can you see her? (Look for her orange beak.)

We’ve been having 90 degree days regularly for several weeks, so summer is upon us already. Stay tuned for more frequent updates! And please let me hear from you, those of you who are still with me. I’ve missed chatting with my fellow gardeners and friends.

6 thoughts on “Finally! I’m BACK!

    • Selective photography, Felix! Haha. So much is still a weedy mess, but at least when I sit on the patio to drink my Earl Grey, I have some areas that are starting to look full and colorful again. I owe you an email. Will try for tomorrow. This week has been another lost cause!


  1. Even with weeds your garden is beautiful – want to come over and help me spruce up the front of my house?! ๐Ÿ˜€


    • Well, that’s because I didn’t take any pictures of the WEEDS. ๐Ÿ˜€ I was very selective. Most of them are down at the far end of the brick paths in the second picture. I’ve done enough work out there in the last 2 or 3 weeks to get the other beds cleaned up a lot. And sorry. My days of laboring in any gardens other than my own are probably over. I pay for every minute I spend in mine…oh, the aches and pains, after! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But when I take my tea outside and sit on the patio, I’m glad I did it.


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