Fluff that Fraser Fir!

I spent one memorably cold winter at the garden center I worked at in college selling Christmas trees. And I remember EVERYONE wanted a Noble Fir- GOTTA have a noble even though they were THE most expensive. Why? Because they look great right off the truck. My favorite are the Fraser Firs though. Silvery underside …

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So Long and Thanks for All the Tomatoes

We had our first freeze this past week, and some dry days... so this happened: So the tomatoes are done for- we pulled them out and piled as many as we could in the fire pit. We let them dry out a few days and then torched them this weekend, quasi viking funeral style. The …

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Of Tomatoes and Bugs

Thanks to the recent rains that scourge of the late summer/ fall Texas garden, the red spider mite, is gone. They killed my tithonia and came THIS close to killing the tomatoes before the prolonged recent rains gave them the ol' Wicked Witch of the West treatment and they melted away. So, when it finally …

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Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda… no Offend-a

  Now when it comes to talking about Dia de los Muertos... as a white, middle aged, blond haired, green eyed guera, I consider myself no entitled-ass expert over here or anything. But know this- while I am not Mexican by birth I married one, we're raising three, AND I made alters for Dia de …

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The Texas Garden in August aka Picante’s Inferno

The garden in August is a lesson in survival and non-survival. Miss a day's watering and your three year old spirea is toast. (Not a hypothetical example). It's cut to the ground and is starting to leaf back out- that was touch and go though, it was in no way a given that it would …

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The Garden in July

The garden got some much needed rain and cooler temperatures for a couple of evenings (80s! break out the sweaters!). And today, with overcast skies still it's a good opportunity for some pictures that aren't completely sunbaked and lost in high contrast shadows. So I give you... the dahlias! Here's the thing. Just like cannas, …

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