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.

386 Comments Add yours

  1. Tristiane says:

    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

    1. They make slug pellets that are organic and made from iron. That’s what I use. Those slugs can do a lot of damage! Thanks for coming by and commenting! I appreciate it.

  2. Jack Crispy says:

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

  3. RobbyeFaye says:

    Thanks for visiting and liking my blog!
    I lived in Texas for many years and miss it.
    God’s Blessings!

    1. I grew up in Texas and moved away in my late teens. I missed it and I’m grateful to be back. I love it here! Thanks for coming by and commenting! I appreciate it.

  4. Mike Sirota says:

    I’m pleased that you liked my post on “Swords, Specters, & Stuff.” You’re welcome back anytime!

  5. Thank-you for your like and visit.

    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!

      1. Thanks so much. I tried the water method too. I will try to eat one once a week during flu season.

  6. Shery Alexander Heinis says:

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

    1. Your poetry is beautiful. I can see your stories while I read them. You have great talent. Thank you for coming by. I appreciate it!

      1. Shery Alexander Heinis says:

        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 🙂

  7. Miss DKVM says:

    Nice!!! I think I´ll learn a lot from this Blog!

    1. Thank you! I appreciate the visit.

  8. Joy says:

    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!

      1. Joy says:

        Thanks for the tips!

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for visiting my ‘like’ post and liking it. Beautiful gardening, by the way.

    1. You’re welcome! Thanks for the visit. I appreciate it!

  10. Sonnische says:

    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.

    1. I’m glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate the visit!

    2. Thank you! There’s always better choices than rock. Thanks for coming by. I appreciate the visit!

  11. adegrandis says:

    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!

  12. 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!


    1. I agree with that analogy and thank you for the compliment! I’m glad you came by.

  13. ramblinrose says:

    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. I really liked your article on gratitude! Thanks for the visit. I appreciate it!

  14. John Kraft says:

    Thanks for stopping by “Down the Hall on Your Left.”

    The story about me and the gorilla — absolutely true.

    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!

  15. storckj says:

    Thank you for the like! I look forward to exploring your blog.

    1. Thanks for the visit! I appreciate it.

  16. Sheila Kathryn says:

    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 🙂

    1. You’re doing well! Keep up the good work. Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate it!

  17. mhhh I like my self a good food related blog 🙂

    1. They are pretty tasty. Thanks for the visit. I appreciate it!

      1. Ikr? no worries 😀

  18. 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

    1. I’d appreciate the share. Thank you for the compliment!

  19. 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.

  20. godumusings says:

    Thanks a lot for taking the time to visit, read and like my blog, ” Weight loss;back to yoga”. Sincere gratitude.

    1. Loved your remedial yoga class! I vote for adding vodka to smoothies, too. Thanks for coming by. I appreciate it!

      1. godumusings says:

        Haha..anything to make Kale palatable.

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I appreciate it.

  22. Hannah says:

    Hi there, thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post on my hot cross bun making experience.

    1. Thank you for coming by! I appreciate the visit.

  23. fairchris says:

    Thanks for stopping by and liking our Flowers and Friends post!

    1. I love spring descriptions! It’s like being able to experience them in real time as I read. Thanks for coming by, I appreciate the comment!

  24. katielib says:

    sounds wonderful your life of gardening. I keep taking on vegetable plots and then giving them up again. Maybe I’m too lazy?

    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!

  25. wingsandwildhearts says:

    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.

    1. I love the information on your blog! Thanks for coming by. I appreciate it!

  26. Sam Stanley says:

    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

    1. I love the photos on your blog! The Sticky toffee pudding is calling me. I’m going to have to make it! Thank you so much for the visit. I appreciate it!

  27. bianchisusanne says:

    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!

  28. Thank you for visiting – I love gardening and hope you will visit again

  29. lynnefisher says:

    Nice to find you here…a fellow garden lover here and thanks for stopping by my blog :>)

  30. franklparker says:

    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.”

  31. HI

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and liking a post. Hope you come back again soon


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