How to grow hydrangeas from cuttings

It was a gorgeous day today. The sun was flooding into our kitchen nook. Don’t you just love days with no schedules? It seems like they’re trickier to find as the kids get older. But I’ve been more intentional about trying to find that quiet space…. ….more time to enjoy life’s treasures and simple beauties. So I […]

spring flowers

remember that day last fall when i rode my bike around cutting hydrangea clippings from my neighbors? you don’t remember? it’s ok, neither do my neighbors….jk. they just all thought i was nuts. hydrangea are incredible. they’re hearty and do so well in the cooler beach climates here in newport beach. you can take a cutting, stick […]

fresh garden salsa

there’s something really magical about fresh, homemade, garden salsa. the colors are vibrant.  the flavors are unmatched. and when paired homemade tortilla chips, just so ever slightly salted, you’ll just want to eat the entire bowl. if you grow nothing else this spring than cilantro, tomatoes and some chili peppers, you’ll still be happy after […]

a gorgeous, romantic, Napa wedding

we just returned from the most gorgeous and romantic wedding….ever. the setting was idyllic with the changing leaves and warm breezes. i wanted to practice my photo skills, especially in low lighting. and there’s no better place to do that than in napa at the pristine Beaulieu Garden, which i believe is the private family […]

so cal garden explosion

we’ve got rogue tomato plants all over the garden.  take exhibit A.  i didn’t plant this one and look how amazing it is! i’m sort of insulted, to be honest, b/c the tomato plants that i staked, trim regularly, and talk to, are basically ignoring me. but these rogue plants which my friend never picked […]

harvesting potatoes grown in coffee sacks

howdy!  several months ago, i stalked a bunch of gardening blogs to learn how to grow potatoes. while spring isn’t the ideal time to grow potatoes in california, i was impatient and wanted to give it a try.  typically potatoes require cooler weather. my intent was to plant these around halloween, but life got away […]

summer hydrangea tablescape

i love hydrangeas. i had the luxury of spending a few hours in the garden today and cut a bunch of hydrangea as they’re starting to look a little hot…. sad… so let’s enjoy them while we can, shall we? for this table scape on our outdoor dining table, i put some candles in mason […]

a beautiful Japanese maple tree

isn’t this gorgeous?  i was visiting a friend back east and spotted this stunning and massive tree. they used to have two trees, but one drowned by an underground irrigation issue.  tragic. wow.  these leaves are so pretty.  they’re smaller than your typical maple. and look at this moss and the flowers that are resting […]

how’d that tomato plant get there?

i love seeing the world.  but i also love returning and seeing what’s happened in my garden after a week away. the trumpet vines on our garden trellis are finally blooming and they’re gorgeous! these make me so happy!!!!  you can see that all of the raised beds are doing great.  the heat hasn’t started […]

growing potatoes and yams in coffee sacks

i met a wonderfully delightful woman a few months ago at a baby shower.  i started telling Cheri how i was obsessed with watching YouTube videos on growing potatoes.   wouldn’t you know it, but Cheri’s sister is a big potato farmer in Idaho.  of course…because that’s how God works.  he puts people in your life […]

teeny, tiny peaches!

i love spring. the flowers are blooming, and you find cool stuff in the garden you’ve never seen before! like this one here…i’ve no clue what it is, but it appeared in my raised bed…so i transplanted it. it’s cool! in so cal, we don’t have to remove the bulbs each year…they just stay there […]

fall day with my new camera

  don’t tell my husband, but i bought a new camera… isn’t this hibiscus divine? i just love the old wooden crates.  why do i love the old distressed wood look so much? the colors are coming in on the fall flowers around the arch of the front door.  so pretty. this child moves too fast […]

fall is HERE! i found a pumpkin in my garden.

that’s right folks….i didn’t think it would happen. i planted pumpkin seeds in june….and we had amazingly gorgeous huge leaves.  they grew all through the yard.  then they started to get the white powdery fungus. so i ignored it figuring nothing would come of it.  it was 100 degrees+ in our area for weeks….i certainly […]

artichokes!!!

look what we saw in the garden today!?!? it only took 9 months.  🙂 anyone have the recipe for the Bandera/Houston’s artichoke? sharing is caring

attack of the bunnies!

When we landscaped our yard, I specifically researched how to keep the rabbits out.  We specifically built raised veggie beds so that the bunnies couldn’t enjoy the veggies more than we did. So the guys dug a foot deep and secured the wire fencing along the 75 feet across our back yard.  I looked at […]

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