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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Six on Saturday in Rockport 09/14/19

While the Austin garden is struggling to survive after 32 days of 100+ degree heat and one of the driest July's in our history, Rockport's sun loving plants are thriving. The star performer is the candlestick plant which have begun to put out their unique yellow blooms. Hiding behind the house keeps them protected from... Continue Reading →

Denver Trip 16th Street Stops

Hopping on the 16th Street Free MallRide was a fun little adventure just blocks from the hotel. The electric buses stop on every block between Civic Center Station and Union Station so it was easy to get off at my first destination site, The Tattered Corner Book Store. Such a charming place to browse around... 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.

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