Hummingbirds & Me

When I was in second grade, we had to do a report on an animal. I was told I couldn’t pick a unicorn or pegasus, so somehow, I ended up with hummingbirds. Ever since, when my mom sees a hummingbird something—anything!—she thinks of me, and often buys it for me. As far as hummingbird trinkets … More Hummingbirds & Me

Bloomin’ Violets

I know I have said before that my thumbs aren’t the greenest, and for quite some time I believed them to be the exact opposite. Now I’m still not entirely convinced that I can keep things alive on my own, but today I came across something that had me more than a little excited. That’s … More Bloomin’ Violets

Growing Purple

Long story short, there’s purple showing up in force everywhere in the garden. I picked our first purple bell pepper on Monday. There are at least six more on the plants, already all purple and getting bigger. I feel like planting twice as many next year. I can go through bell peppers like crazy when … More Growing Purple

New Blooms

It was back in May that I planted Gladiolus bulbs out front of the house with hopes of beautiful flowers filling that space. When they started to sprout their leaves, I was going out daily to count the number that had started growing, and after a few weeks, all had made their appearance. Unfortunately, with … More New Blooms

Off They Go!

The garden has been doing beautifully, with the tomatoes again reaching 7ft. Last year they didn’t go so high because of a disagreement they were having with a little baby black walnut tree that was too close and was stunting their growth. With the tree gone and the soil fortified with egg shells, the tomatoes … More Off They Go!

Summer Rains

This week (the last couple, actually) have brought us some really good rain. After so long in the desert it’s hard for me to argue with any rain at all. I love it. The smell, the light shows, the way the Earth rejuvenates following the storms. It also really helps the garden to take off. … More Summer Rains