All things gardening

Garden tours, nursery visits, neighborhood walks, and discovering unexpected little surprises in our gardens, these activities bring continuous excitement and added pleasure to our love of gardening. Having a friend to share the experience with you makes it even more special. Joellen and Holly are 2 such friends passionate about all things gardening.

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Some Favorite Things from the Denver Garden Fling – Part 1

Ice pants provided an impressive display and great first impression! The stunning flowers of the ice plants were amazing. At times the blooms completely blanketed the plant's leaves. Love this vibrant orange/red color! Filling in along this pathway, you can get an up close view. So pretty! Nice accent on the corner of the walkway.... Continue Reading →


My garden is more about texture than anything. Texture creates interest which carries the garden between blooming seasons. It gives a gardener the opportunity to use unique combinations to display one’s individual style. Here are some of my favorite, reliable texture plants in my garden. Grecian Urn Plant (acanthus mollis)  Japanese Aralia (fatsia japonica), Evergreen.... Continue Reading →

Putting on a show

I have let the shrimp plants wander freely in my garden and in return they have rewarded me with an abundance of showy flowers this year. Cestrum is competing with a shower of yellow flowers. In my mostly green and shady garden, it is always a delight to have blooms to attract butterflies, bees and... Continue Reading →

Signs of Spring

On a visit to the South Austin Nursery The Great Outdoors, I was rewarded with not only an amazing variety of blooming plants, but butterflies as well!

Winter Blooms

Strolling along my Austin garden this morning I almost didn’t notice my Sandankwa Viburnum was blooming, a first! I planted this as a small 1 gallon shrub 3 years ago.  The flowers are hidden on the underside of the branches and are easy to miss. Lovely surprise. Japanese Aralia joined in with this bloom. And... Continue Reading →

A few cuttings

There is always something in the garden available to create a simple flower arrangement. This vase with hibiscus blooms, yellow duranta berries, and deep red firebush berries were picked on New Year’s Eve in my Rockport garden.

Oleanders loving the Texas heat

Two of my favorites in my Rockport coastal garden. The soft yellow flowers are fragrant and the wind carries the scent throughout the garden. This pretty peach oleander is a dwarf variety and better suited to a garden bed, staying about 3-4′ in height.

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