Shamrocks Usher Spring Blooms to the Table

Matching Blooms

It all began with thoughts of green and white.  I’m not Irish, but I had St. Patty’s Day in mind for this table.  Shamrocks from Dollar Tree are all you need! Since we enjoyed spring on many February days, I decided St. Patrick’s Day needs acknowledgement early, too. This particular day was warm but dark […]

Powder Pink Roses for The Sweet Life Tablescape

Powder Pink Butter Mints

What color of roses do you like best?  Is the traditional blood-red of Valentine’s for you?  Powder pink is my favorite rose.  And, I never told anyone. Valentine’s is for red!  Who was I to go against tradition?  So, I didn’t.  Until last week. I’m not one to buy roses, but Kroger had a sign […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #52 – Why You Shouldn’t Fear the Ugly

Moonbeam vine seeds

I know all about the ugly.  You probably know it, too.  It’s that in-between stage of landscaping.  Today, I’m sharing all my ugly with you. Don’t we love to see other people’s ugly?  It helps us feel like our own ugly is doing pretty good! Last week, I shared what HH has been working on […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #51 – How to Wake Up to the Loveliest Sound of Rain

Garden Mister

It’s true.  Yesterday morning, I woke up to the sound of the loveliest light misty rain.  Have you ever heard  misty rain?  I didn’t think so.  I’ll explain as we move through today’s pictures of what’s barely  blooming here in The Land of Making Do.  Hah! Did you notice my lack of What’s Blooming Wednesday […]

How to Squash Your Fall Tablescape – with Butternut!

Butternut Squash Tablescape

Nothing says fall like butternut squash, so table it. And, fall is always special in the country! by Patricia Neely-Dorsey Yes, the colors of fall…red, yellow, orange, and gold. Along with squash and leaves, squirrels scurry all around.  Squirrel S&P’s nibble acorns. Davy the Squirrel stands ready for pecan-cracking action… …except our pecan trees have […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #50 – Fruit Harvest!


It was mid-afternoon yesterday when I checked on our plantings.  No rain ahead for many days, and with the intense heat, our plants need watering. We’ve been so blessed to have no fly problems at all this summer…until now. Butterflies are everywhere, too.  Things are overgrown, huge, and full. I love Cockscomb, but they can […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #49 – New Planters for Fragrance

Moonbeam Vine

Do you water your potted plants every day during summer? For the first time in nine years, I decided to only water my pots every other day.  We learned with our horses that the more you do for them, the more you have  to do for them.  The same goes for potted plants, I’ve discovered. […]

How to Moss-Emboss Your Ordinary Clay Planters

Moss-Embossed Clay Pot

Early in spring this year, Spunky Daughter (SD) planted some seeds I shared with her.  She bought clay pots and grew herbs in her bedroom window – the only window at their apartment that gets enough sun. Last month, we transplanted everything into larger planters – along with some flowers SD had bought.  I kept […]

How to Best Maximize Your Bird House Power

How to Best Maximize Your Bird House Power

After publishing my post last Wednesday, I Pinned this picture of my friend’s ladder to my ladder board.  The next time I need to do something with a ladder, this is it (or something similar)! And you know what happens the minute you stick even your toe  inside Pinterest.  You never come out!  (Please tell […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #48 – How to Energize Your Fence!


If you were here for last week’s What’s Blooming Wednesday, you remember this gorgeous English garden tucked inside the inner fence in my friend’s back yard. Today, we’re venturing outside this gate – to the outer fence. Some of you noticed that bright yellow window frame right away.   Isn’t it awesome? Don’t you love that […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #47 – How to Dress Your Yard in English Garden

English Garden

I’m very excited to share this post with you today because I’m always so inspired when I visit these friends.  They live nearby, and they don’t live in a land of making do.  They have what I call a regular  yard. Do you know what I mean by regular?  It’s a yard that may be […]

White-Cheeked Gibbon Video at the Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo

I know what you may be thinking…that the video is probably of our nutty kids acting like grown monkeys.  Close.  But not it. Yes, our two fun and sometimes monkey-like kids were with us at the Nashville Zoo, but we didn’t video them.  We caught the real monkeys in action!  We’ll get to that later. […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #44 at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

Andrew Jackson's Hermetage Plantation

We quickly bounded up the highway to Nashville last week for a couple of days with our two kids (who are in college).  With all our schedules for work, school, and blogging, we fit as much fun as possible into our time of under 40 hours. And. It. Was. Great. (!) Our first stop was […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #41 – The Aroma!

Magnolia Blossom

Is there something blooming in your yard that you love to cut and bring inside?  Do you love it more because it fills your rooms with its wonderful scent? Our Magnolia blooms started opening last weekend. The aroma is heavenly.  I wish you could smell them here this year – because it seems to be […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #40

Garden Path

Do you have irises in your yard?  Mine aren’t doing so well this year.  This first one appeared the other day.  Notice it’s leaning against a tree. There are guilty four-legs around here somewhere. Ah-ha!  Caught in the act…well, almost.   I was glad to see these iris buds, but nothing had opened yet.  The peonies […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #39 – Pond Therapy

White, Frilly Blooms of the Fringe Tree

In Monday’s post (The Drunk Drawer – It’s Genius), you saw only a little corner of the kitchen in the small country home we visited with my parents.  It’s a perfect example of how sometimes our home may not be grand, but there are always  gems in the mix that you can truly l-o-v-e to […]

Tips to Eliminate the “Oh, Deer!”


A reader and friend who lives at the other end of my state (Mississippi) emailed me before Easter.  She asked me to write a post about what to plant that the deer won’t eat.  They have eaten everything in her yard down to a nub.  Oh, deer  is right! Why didn’t I think of writing […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #38

Chinese Snowball

So far this month, we’ve had mostly days of high winds and lots of sunshine.  I’d have sworn it was March! Finally, we’re having April showers this week.  The winds have calmed, and the temperatures are perfect…not too hot, not too cold. How’s the weather at your house?  Is it a typical April? We had […]

Give Your Table A Country View

Place Setting

Do you enjoy a walk through the country collecting flowers and herbs for your table? Thanks, Patricia, for sharing your poem with us!  See Patricia on Facebook here.  I do appreciate that all this beauty is for free.  You, too? I didn’t have to walk far to gather my flowers this week.  Apple mint is […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #37 – A French Cottage Cutting Garden

French Country Cottage Cutting Garden

Last year, our girls trip was so relaxing and enjoyable that we wanted a do-over for this year’s trip. You definitely feel the French influences of Louisiana’s heritage in the style of this finely refurbished farmhouse-style cottage. There are seven of us packed into this three bedroom cottage each year.  It’s been updated with all […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #35

Red Bud Tree

Finally…the first What’s Blooming Wednesday for 2016. Yes, I have yellow (Sunbrella Sunflower) blooming on the back porch now, too.  The glider’s puffy cushions were much more difficult to re-cover than the front porch cushions. The basket on the wall is new.  I visited a garden center recently that had several of these baskets filled […]

Quick St. Patrick’s Day Table Transition

Quick Table Transformation for St. Patty's Day

Last week in my tablescape post (The March Is On!  Early Spring Tablescape), there was a lot of green but no direct link to St. Patrick’s Day. Rather than set an entirely new table for St. Patrick’s Day, I changed the center collection of numbered planters. Dollar Tree had the perfect packages of gold coins […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #34 – Plus a Master Gardeners Event

Base of Bird Cage Arrangement

We had a few flowers blooming until one night last week when we had a hard freeze.  You’ll see that some flowers uncharacteristically grew from seed during fall rather than spring. The Cleome didn’t grow in this area as usual this past spring and summer.  A few weeks ago, even with cool night temperatures, the […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #32 – Mr. & Mrs. GP’s New Potting Sink

Dirt Trough

Do you remember Mr. and Mrs. Garden Party and their amazing back yard (part 1 and part 2)?  I could hardly wait for today to arrive so I can show you what they’ve done!  This summer, they added a garden feature you’re going to love – just as fabulous as all the others in their […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #31 – The Music of Fall

Mrs. Corn Spider

There’s not much new around here as far as blooms go.  You’ll see there’s plenty going on critter-wise, though. The red cockscomb still show off bright coloring.  They dance in the breeze as if in anticipation of cooler days.  Are you dancing with excitement over the coming cool, crisp days?  I am! Mrs. Corn Spider […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #30

Pink/Red Cockscomb Bloom

I wish I could share our glorious weather with you.  Our cool temps are unusual for August – highs in the mid 80’s this week.  It is 55 degrees this morning!  I hope you’re experiencing this crispness, too. I’ve been a heat and humidity snob  this summer.  Many of my plantings were severely neglected and […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #29

Yellow Cockscomb

I wanted to title this post something like “DIY Rain” or  “How to Make it Rain”.  But, I didn’t want to give the wrong impression.  I want to make it clear that I know I’m not God.  He IS THE weatherman! Oh, how we needed rain.  Our leased farmer’s soybeans look healthy overall and are […]

Tablescape of Sunflowers

Place Setting

I didn’t plant sunflowers this year.  Last year, they didn’t do so well in our high winds and storms. Since I’ve given up on the real thing, I thought sunflower plates were a good substitute.  Hey!  They’re wind-proof!  🙂 They were on clearance at Hobby Lobby late last fall.  I found the gold chargers there, […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #26 – at Cane River Cottage

Purple Coneflower

The final weekend of May, I spent time at Cane River Cottage in Natchitoches, Louisiana, with several high school friends.  I mentioned our electronically challenged long weekend in my post about Using Chartreuse in Table Decor.  Do you remember? The seven of us do a long weekend trip together every year.  We all bring different […]

Our Visit to the Key West Butterfly Conservatory

Key West Conservatory Butterfly

I’d never experienced butterflies in quite the way we did in Key West last month.  Yes, we have plenty of butterflies in The Land of Making Do,  but none so colorful and plentiful. The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory has the prettiest blue butterflies, and many other colors, too.  The blue variety was the […]

Using Chartreuse in Table Decor

Chartreuse Accents Place Setting

I feel like I’ve been down in a hole these last several days.  Do you feel that way when you’re without electronic connection? Just before leaving for a long weekend spent with high-school friends, I scheduled a couple of posts for automatic publishing.  I don’t normally do that, but I’m so glad I did this […]