Sunset On Water

Of Darkness and Light

I’ve always loved fielding questions from fellow gardeners about problems they are having. It helps to stretch my knowledge – and sometimes increase my humility when I make a mistake. One of the things I enjoy is following a Facebook group where gardeners across the country post problems they are having. Most of the posts are from serious gardeners with a puzzling problem but every now and then a question comes that has me...

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Camoflage

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t!

Things have been going quite well in my garden this spring. We’ve received several bouts of heavy rain, but not so much that there have been floods that would damage roots. In between bouts of weeding (a never-ending chore) I’ve been having fun watching the succession of spring flowers in my garden. First up were the daffodils, then came bearded iris and now the roses, purple coneflowers, and mealy blue sage are strutting their...

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Lovin’ Those Scented Geraniums

Last winter was fairly mild here in Fort Worth. We had one or two brief cold snaps but they were not cold enough or long enough to seriously affect some of my tender perennials. One of the survivors was my ‘Snowflake’ rose-scented geranium (see photo above). It made it into spring without hardly losing any leaves. Granted, it was under the shelter of our side porch but this is the first time I remember...

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ShovelAndDirt

Hitting the Reset Button

One of the virtues I try to cultivate in life is persistence. I have never liked to quit, even in the middle of a project that has suddenly gone bad. Somehow when I’m flat on my behind (metaphorically speaking) I can always hear my father’s voice saying “Finish the job, kid!” and I get back up and go at it again. As in life, so in gardening. I hate to give up on a...

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