Plant now for a springtime bouquet

Have you planted your spring bulbs yet? Me neither? We need to get busy Late October is the ideal time, but early November will do.  The goal is to get the bulbs in the ground before the ground freezes and give the bulbs twelve weeks of cool temperatures before sprouting in the springtime. Some of […]

Gothic Gardens can be wicked and wonderful

When a friend told me she was painting her red brick house black, I was surprised but excited. Then she said the trim would be black too. For a quick second, I thought she had lost her mind – until I remembered she is a style icon, and of course, it would be fabulous. I […]

Ten reasons why I love October

Really, what’s not to love about October – a month filled with autumn goodness and gifts of nature. In honor of my favorite month, the 10th month of the year, here are 10 reasons why I love October. Did you catch that I called pumpkins a fruit? Technically, because they begin as a flower or […]

Lilies fit for a Queen

A new season is upon us. As we prepare to say goodbye to a Queen, we also say goodbye to summer. Change is happening. With a nod to the Queen, I will plant what is widely considered her favorite flower – Lily of the Valley. With its fragrant smell, gracefully arched stems, and small white […]

Providing a drink for pollinators

After touring gardens and spending way too much time on the internet, I have a new project for the garden. I’m creating a small water source for pollinators. Yes, a homemade butterfly dish. This project is so simple it could be a child’s craft, but that doesn’t mean it is not effective. Who needs complicated […]

Indian Bean Tree

There is nothing like walking through a new neighborhood. The houses, the landscapes, and the vibe each neighborhood brings are always fun to discover. I hit the jackpot this weekend. While visiting with a friend, we took her princess out for a stroll. I love my pup, but her black German Shepherd is the most […]

Girdling tree roots

Girdles and girdling. When I heard these words on Saturday, I had flashbacks to long lost lady’s lingerie, so imagine my surprise when I realized we were talking about trees, not fashion undergarments. Girdling was a new term for me, and learning about girdling roots came with a sad story. One of my favorite trees […]

West Virginia State Fair offers something for everyone

You know the drill: company is coming, so you are sweeping, dusting, and fluffing pillows to make the house look good. Imagine if you were expecting hundreds – no thousands of people to stop by and visit. That is just what is happening this week at the State Fairgrounds. They are adding the “spit & […]

Greenbrier Valley House & Garden Tour

Hop on the bus, Gus. Make a new plan, Stan – the Greenbrier Valley House & Garden Tour is back. Mark your calendar for June 11, 2022, 10 am – 4pm. This is one of my favorite days in one of my favorite towns. Eleven properties will be open for touring in Whites Sulphur Springs […]

Flowerpot exchange is happening

I love it when a plan comes together.   That is just what happened last July when my friend Lisa mentioned the idea of a flower pot rescue in Charleston. Yes, that’s right, a flowerpot rescue. Bet you are wondering what the heck is a flower pot rescue. Well, it is a fabulous idea, and I […]