I consider my gardening a delusional adventure. I always think I have more time, space and strength than I actually do.

I garden for some very good reasons: it’s therapeutic, meditative and completely addictive. My gardening habit frequently exceeds my physical abilities but it also heals me and focuses my attention on something greater than what limits me. (Unfortunately, I have fibromyalgia and a few other bad DNA choices!)

I grew up gardening beside my mother across the South and the Midwest. On my own, I’ve gardened in dry mountains and now in South Texas. My family is from the central plains area and both my grandmother‘s always had at least a half acre garden. I had one grandfather who was a farmer and and my other grandfather was a Midwestern school professor and administrator with two PhD’s, one of which was in biology. I grew up knowing the Latin names for most of what I planted, loving the direction that my insatiable questioning took me and having an idea of what I was doing (because gardeners with greater skills than I had, took the time to teach me.) I’ll be the first to admit I am not an expert, but I am competent and I have a few decades of daily experience. I hope I can help pass down some of the practical knowledge I have and showcase some of my gardening experiments (I am always trying out something new.)




Me 2017 Halloween as a jester!

Enjoying the garden on a south Texas, hot summer day.

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  1. Hi, thank you oft your comment! I like your linking of gardening to Meditation and Wellbeing! I have a small backyard and live close to the sea! We have a Country Market and a local independent plant nursery, where I get my herb plants! My challenge if ever are slugs and I don’t use slug pellets! See you around ! Xxx

  2. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post! Keep checking back to see if you like anything else I’ve written.

    1. I liked reading your battle with seeding pomegranates! They can be tough. I seed them in a bowl of water but they still frustrate me. You can also juice them with an old fashioned citrus press. I love pomegranates and I agree they are a great way to boost your health! Thank you for coming by. I appreciate the visit!

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog and “liking” my poem! I have absolutely no talent for gardening, and admire those who do.

      1. Thank you for your kind and encouraging words! It’s wonderful when readers like yourself enjoy my writings. This motivates me to keep on writing 🙂

  4. Thanks for checking out my blog – I appreciate it! I’ve only started gardening recently but my plan is to up my game in 2015. I’ve only a patio, so it won’t be big…but it should be an interesting adventure!

    1. Get the biggest pots you can find and line them with newspaper before you put the soil in. The bigger the pot the better the moisture retention. The newspaper will keep the soil from pulling away from the sides. If you use newspaper you can slow down the water and keep it from just running down the sides and out of the pot. Good luck and thanks for the visit!

  5. Great blog! I enjoyed the post about why not to replace grass and natural ground cover with gravel. Thank you for stopping by my blog to like my post on my Thanksgiving memories.

  6. Thanks for liking my photographs. I love that you garden as a delusional adventure – we spent twenty years making a two acre garden out of a north facing hillside in Mid Wales and always felt exactly like that!

    1. Gardening is one of the very few things that I’ve been able to let my addictive personality run rampant in and have only had good things come of it! I let the part of me that loves taking bold chances and experimenting, go wild in my garden. With that part of my personality satiated the rest of my life remains organized. It’s a great outlet! Thank you for coming by and commenting. I appreciate the visit!

  7. Lovely to make your acquaintance.

    I like the intelligence behind your thinking.

    Gardening is very much like building muscle or building the mind. Good nutrition with care – for the mind and body nourishes both with growth and health.

    Cheers from Sydney, Australia!


  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post. I loved reading your love letter to your boys. What a beautiful expression of a mother’s love!

    1. Purple spandex, 800 lb gorillas, cops and doppelgangers. I’m afraid I’m laughing too hard to make a sensible comment! Thanks for the entertainment and the visit. I appreciate them both!

  9. Hi! Thank you for liking my post! I still have a long way to go before my blog starts really kicking but please do look out! I am a fan of gardening and everything organic as well and its nice to see you have some wonderful things going on for you! keep it up! again, thank you 🙂

  10. Oh how I love your blog!! We are gardeners, crafters and bee keepers. I am now following your blog. I look forward to reading more of your posts, now and in the future. I really liked your post on recycled glass flowers for the garden. In fact I would really like to highlight you and that post for one of my weekend posts. Please let me know if my blog would be a good fit for you.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Ta Ta for now, Cathy the Bagg Lady

  11. Love your site. I’m delusional as well… in all things especially gardening. Currently, I’m re planning the front garden. The lawn has got to go! And thanks for visiting my site. 🙂

    1. Thank you for the visit! I’ve got an hoa to deal with that randomly allows and declines things. I hate our grass (Bermuda… It’s EVIL!) for many reasons but I’m hoping to find some sympathetic ears when I file for approval to remove a big area. It’s really just a big waste of water. Good luck on your front garden! I’m lucky my husband is NOT interested in helping me when the grand plans I have get out of hand! He’s seen how the delusions work. It definitely limits my ability to get too lost out wandering (and planning) in the yard.

    1. Well, you could just be too busy. Try some large pots at home. If you live somewhere with no place for pots: you can grow leaf veggies (like lettuce) in a bright window. Or you can just sprout seed in a jar and eat it (my favorite is raw peanuts) you get to eat all the goodness without the labor. Good luck and thanks for coming by!

  12. Thanks for liking my ‘How you can help the barn owl population survive’ post. It’s gardening advice like yours that can help tailor gardens to making them more sustainable for bird species.

  13. Hello! I found you via the ‘like’ you left on my blog (thank you). Definitely agree that gardening is meditative. I feel tonnes better after spending time doing pretty much anything in the garden but especially after pruning something! I look forward to following your blog. Sam x

  14. Hi, Thank you for the ‘like’ on my blog. I, in turn have found your blog interesting. We only have a small garden but I find it very relaxing to spend time out there tiding up and enjoying the environment.
    I am always on the look out for small wildlife such as frogs and geckos, which we are lucky to have living in our garden.
    I often paint these little green tree frogs as I find them so cute.

    1. I enjoyed reading about the red eyed tree frog. I paint stones, too. We have lizards here called Green Anoles, they change their color like chameleons do. The more I see: the healthier my garden. They are my garden health meters and they are really fun to watch! Thank you for the visit. I appreciate it!

  15. Thank for the ‘like’! I am more than a little impressed – knowing all those latin names when I cam’t even remember the common namse of many of the plants in my garden. But I do agree that gardening is “therapeutic, meditative and completely addictive.”

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