Welcome!  I started as a gardening child in my parents garden, community gardened in college, container gardened in graduate school and now finally have my own garden.  Actually, I share it with my husband, the true "plant geek" of the household, our daughter, dogs, cats, a tortoise and turtles.  We are all about the gardening in our household.  We both went to school for gardening, met at a garden, got married in a garden and spend  a lot of our free time outside in the garden. 

I garden in zone 8a, on a slightly larger than average lot in the middle of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  Since our garden isn't exceptionally big, we have to be mindful of what we plant and make sure it's "earning it keep".  Right now we have a few different gardens being developed: 
  • Shade Garden: Under the shade of a gigantic Southern Magnolia this garden was born.  It is a mix of perennials and shrubs.
  • Tropical Garden: This garden features the alocasia and colocasia, as well as our tertraploid daylilies and bananas.  It is situated around the pool and looks best when swimming.
  • Ruin Garden: The plan is for this area to look like a garden that has grown up through a ruin.  We were inspired by gardens at Chanticleer, but we know that ours won't rival what they have.
  • Butterfly Garden:  A small butterfly and pollinator garden along our driveway.
  • Agave Garden:  Don't want to mow the Hell Strip in front of your house?  No problem, plant a garden instead.  This garden features agave, hardy cactus, and our rain lily collection.
  • Mable's Bed is a daylily garden that features the daylilies hybridized by Mabel Mathews.
  • Barrier Garden: A mixed border bead of perennials, daylilies, shrubs and some small trees.
  • Tortoise and Turtle Gardens: Located under the shade of a large fig tree, these gardens are the homes of our pet tortoises (Petunia and Ella) and our Box Turtles (3-Three Toed, 1-Gulf Coast, 1-Ornate, 1 Dessert, and 1-Ornate/Three-toed Hybrid).

'Twist and Spin'

My current passion is daylilies and daylily hybridization.  What isn't to love about being able to create your very own one of a kind plants.  Trust me, I'm not alone in this.  Take a look at the American Hemerocallis Society Database to see how many others have this same passion.  


  1. Hi, Rebecca,
    your blog is interesting, I liked reading your posts although our zones are pretty different :-)
    Saint Petersburg


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