Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Bouquet of Inland Sea Oats

Inland Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) seed freely if left through the winter. I've got more than enough of them so I decided, this year, to make a bouquet. The bunch looks just as fresh today as it did three months ago.

Monday, October 12, 2015


Rainbow Garden Club Meeting

This past Sunday I hosted a meeting for The Rainbow Garden Club of Dallas.  Our speaker was Janet K. Smith who spoke on bat houses. She encouraged us all to erect bat houses to combat mosquitoes and other unfriendly insects, which we all agreed is a much better remedy than harmful pesticides. my neighbor I and are planning on putting a couple of them up soon.

If you'd like to buy one Janet's bat houses, they will soon be available at The Petropolitan.

Monday, September 14, 2015


The Oxblood Lilies (Rhodophiala bifida) are in bloom!  Nothing like bright red to lead you to the end of a path!

Thursday, July 9, 2015


Double Purple Datura

This Datura is growing in a section of my garden devoted to the color purple. 
It's gorgeous when more than one flower is in bloom.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Amaranthus caudatus Green Cascade and Love Lies Bleeding in a bed of Lemon Grass, 

Gomphrena Globosa  and Celosia

Background plants include Texas Rock Rose, Texas Sage, Anisacanthus, Beautyberry
and Crepe Myrtle.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Zinnia Bernary's Giant Lime, Bernary's Giant Wine, & Queen Lime Red

One of my favorite summer flowers is Zinnia. These are the first blooms of the season.  I got all the seeds from Select Seeds.

Friday, June 5, 2015


I'm very fond of my orange and purple Coneflowers especially when they are blooming along with my orange Daylilies.  I look forward to this show every June.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Daylily 'Leebea Orange Crush'


As Katharine Hepburn once said, "The daylilies are in bloom again." Wait....

Thursday, May 21, 2015


 Kniphofia Red Hot Poker

It's been awhile since I've had any Red Hot Pokers in my garden.
With all the rain this year, one has decided to return.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Front Door Garden

The spring rains have made my garden thrive. This  bed contains flowers of Nasturtium, Larkspur, Coneflower, Yarrow, and Red Yucca, to name a few. The Red Yucca, is one of the new varieties called Brakelights.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Rose bouquet with Cinco de Mayo rose

Along with Cinco de Mayo, the orange/red rose, this bouquet contains Graham Thomas, 
Maggie and Marie Daly.

Monday, May 4, 2015


Nasturtium 'Tip Top Alaska Red'


I decided to plant a new variety of nasturtium this year.  I got the seeds from Select Seeds. They are growing amongst some white and purple Alyssum. I'm pretty pleased with this combo.

Friday, April 24, 2015


Poppy somniferum


It's always exciting when the first poppies of the season bloom.  Today I woke up to this beauty.  

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Kelly's Path

I dedicated this part of my garden to my friend Kelly a few years ago.The blindingly bright Golden Oregano, I know, would bring a smile to her face, if she were here. I think of her every time  I walk down this path.

Monday, April 13, 2015


Iris All Aboard, Clown Around, Well Endowed and Texas Gold Columbine

The Iris look particularly dashing in front of the Texas Gold Columbine Aquilegia chrysantha ‘Hinckleyana,' this year.

Sunday, April 12, 2015


Chinese Snowball Vibernum  

It's winter again in my garden! This is my first spring with my new Viburnum macrocehpalu 
 and so far, it's a hit!

Friday, April 10, 2015


Clematis 'Ramona'

The first Clematis to bloom in my garden each spring is Clematis 'Ramona.'
It happens to be my favorite Clematis too!

Monday, April 6, 2015


Tulipa clusiana var. Tubergens Gem

The little Tulips blooming amongst the Sedum and Golden Oregano is a species Tulip.  I love how the red pops with the green and gold.

Monday, March 30, 2015


The Kerria japonica, Golden Groundsel (Packera aurea) and Creeping Speedwell (Veronica umbrosa 'Georgia Blue') are in full bloom.  This time, I can take credit for the trio. I intentionally planted them together because, yellow and blue in the garden is well as we say in Texas "dang purty!"  I added four of the Yucca Color Guard (Yucca filamentosa) this year to "gild the groundsel."

Monday, January 5, 2015


Amaryllis Christmas Gift
A friend and I have started a tradition of buying an Amaryllis bulb in November.  This year, mine started opening up on Christmas Day, so it lived up to its name.  The flowers are GINORMOUS! I love the green centers and the pure white petals.  The image in the background is an Andy Warhol silk screen reproduction.
Last year I grew La Paz.