Uninvited Garden Guests

Chipmunks, & squirrels, & snakes, OH MY!  Some critters just love to visit me in the garden without invitation and cause my heart to palpitate or give me a heart attack, depending on the type of visitor. Snakes are probably the major worst offenders.  At first glance they can sometimes … Continue Reading →

Butterfly Hill – Marty Long Tree Sculpture

Deep down, I’m a tree-hugger at heart and really dislike cutting down trees.  Read the children’s book “The Giving Tree” and you’ll see why.  It breaks my heart to kill a tree, but sometimes it’s a necessary evil.  Especially in my tree-filled neighborhood where trees cause major property damage and … Continue Reading →

Garden Tour – Manhattan Beach, CA

My sis lives in beautiful Manhattan Beach, CA – home to Hollywood movie stars AND gorgeous xeriscaping and succulent gardens which are perfect for water conservation since CA is currently experiencing a severe drought. I love visiting her and walking her sweet dog on The Strand by the Pacific Ocean. … Continue Reading →

Gathering of Gardeners

Spring 2015 begins 5th season growing season of my backyard’s transformation and I’ve recently been told it’s starting to look Zen or Japanese. So many people have helped me along the way to gain the confidence and skills to create my little 1/2 acre garden sanctuary.  I’ve met some truly … Continue Reading →

Garden Tour – Jenkins Arboretum, PA

One of the first garden tours I took after moving to PA was to Jenkins Arboretum. It’s one of the few arboretums open free to the public 365 days a year from 8 am to sunset. Jenkins offers a variety of educational classes, tours, seminars, art exhibits, guest speakers, and annual … Continue Reading →

Green is the New Black

I’m seeing GREEN and it’s not from envy!  It’s from weeds, moss, poison ivy, and living in total shade. Help, I need some color therapy! Just look at this backyard photo taken in May 2011 during our first summer.  You can’t even see the blue sky.  Quite a contrast from the Colorado … Continue Reading →

Wagons Ho, Moving East!

What does moving have to do with a blog about DIY gardening? When you have moved as much as us, quite a bit. Everything changes.  There are 3 things in life you can always count on… CHANGE, CHANGE, and CHANGE! We have a fridge magnet from our first move with a our … Continue Reading →

Hello Blogosphere!

Well, I finally found my way into the big, blog universe.  Hello Blogosphere and welcome to my garden!  An extra special warm welcome to gardeners who love to recycle and DIY, like me. Welcome to my garden! I’m a born and raised Californian who is a self-taught gardener and a … Continue Reading →