Secret by Design

Secret by Design

        Long before I read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, I was drawn to a little paperback in fourth grade because it was about a great scientist (George Washington Carver) who had a secret garden in the woods as a kid.  I had a secret garden too and...
If Two is Good, Tree is Better

If Two is Good, Tree is Better

You’ve heard it before and it’s correct. Fall truly is for planting, including seeds, bulbs, and of course trees. I’m a tree planting fool and take every opportunity to do so. So far this fall I’ve planted a ‘Peggy Clarke’ Japanese apricot, a ‘Florida Flame’ red...
My Bleeding Heart

My Bleeding Heart

In addition to much anticipated pleasant weather, there are many things to look forward to in a Texas autumn. Among my favorites is the annual super star floral display of Turk’s cap, a native member of the hibiscus family. Plants native to the South that were showy...
Life After Death

Life After Death

I hate to go philosophical on you again, but to me, gardening is philosophical. Nature is philosophical. Life is philosophical. That’s why my two of my favorite horticulturists, Felder Rushing and Steven Chamblee, are also two of my favorite philosophers. I’m overly...