Garden fairies here!How do you like what Florene and Flora did to these zinnias? They are quite proud of how they made the colors fade on the petals. We would love to tell people what variety of zinnias these are but once again, Carol disappoints as she no longer has the seed packets. Nor did she make a list of the zinnia varieties she planted.And the writing on the plastic labels she used to mark where she planted each variety of zinnias has faded to the point she can just … [Read more...] about Garden Fairies See and Tell
Last Saturday, I found out via a virtual awards program that the third book in my trilogy of gardening humor, Seeded and Sodded: Thoughts from a Gardening Life received first place in the category of Non-Fiction Books for Adult Readers, Humor from the National Federation of Press Women. I am pleased as a pickle in brine that I made this announcement before the garden fairies did it. Honestly, had they announced it... well, who knows what they would have said! In other book-related news, I … [Read more...] about Books and Videos and Podcasts!
Last Saturday, I found out via a virtual awards program that the third book in my trilogy of gardening humor, Seeded and Sodded: Thoughts from a Gardening Life received first place in the category of Non-Fiction Books for Adult Readers, Humor from the National Federation of Press Women. I've slapped a banner across the image of the book on the website and am working on updating descriptions here, there, and everywhere to include the award. In other book-related news, I have … [Read more...] about Book Award!
There, my friends, are the first violets blooming at May Dreams Gardens this season. They are growing approximately six inches from the foundation on the west side of the house, a spot I assume warms up a tiny bit sooner than other spots in the garden. I am not sure about the variety, but I think these are what is left of some remnants of Viola mandshurica 'Fuji Dawn' which I grew from seeds 20 plus years ago. Normally, 'Fuji Dawn' has variegated leaves, but as we all know, sometimes the … [Read more...] about In Search of Violets
Happy Birthday, Potted and Pruned. Three years old today! For the occasion, I wrote my book a letter! Dear Potted and Pruned, It seems like just yesterday you were a brand new book and look at you now! Three years have flown by, haven't they? Remember all the adventures people took you on? You've been to places I've never been like Russia, and India, and England, and Mexico, and even Harry Potter World. I took you a few … [Read more...] about Happy Birthday, Potted and Pruned
I like to read self-help books in between fiction books. Or maybe I read fiction books in between self-help books? Either way, I read all books with a full helping of gardening books. Right now, I find myself in the self-help phase of my reading with Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make Room for Happiness by Gretchen Rubin loaded on my Kindle. Even without this book to guide me, I've been cleaning up and decluttering since the beginning of the year, starting with books. I … [Read more...] about The Older It is