Lillies of the Field

Lillies of the Field

I seem to have been born in love with “lilies.” From the time I hit the ground growing, it was love at first sight with canna lilies, crinum lilies, daylilies, Lent lilies, rainlilies, spider lilies, St. Joseph’s lilies, and their geophytic kin. It turns out however,...
It’s Crinum Time Again

It’s Crinum Time Again

Crinum lilies and I go way back, as they were among the first flowers I knew as a child. My Grandmother Emanis grew them along the front porch here in Deep East Texas where the audacious flowers bathed us with their powerful fragrance during summer evenings. She grew...
Flapping About Life in the Garden

Flapping About Life in the Garden

This weekend I’m headed to my parent’s house to dig a piece of old “ham and eggs” Lantana camara too add to my perennial border.  Over the past year, this border has gone from color themed to survival themed as it tries to endure the cats, dogs, and marauding chickens...
I Yam What I Yam

I Yam What I Yam

I recently ordered two cultivars of sweet potato slips from George’s Plant Farm in Georgia (tatorman.com). This will give me three different kinds to grow, one here in my cinder block raised bed after I dig my Irish potatoes, one in my raised fire ring bed at Big...
Vegetable Gardening 101

Vegetable Gardening 101

If you didn’t already grow your own vegetables and herbs, then the recent pandemic predicament should have you minding your peas and Q’s. We all know that vegetables are essential for a long, healthy life, and we all know that fresh picked produce is tastier and more...
Somewhere over the Rainbow…

Somewhere over the Rainbow…

Among many other things, springtime means bluebirds in Texas and much of the U.S. Thankfully there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t hear the gentle warble of bluebirds either at home or at work. Thanks to their beauty, pleasant disposition, and sweet warbling,...