Garden Guru

Seeing as how spring is in full force, the trees have budded and beautiful blooms are taking over the city, Heath and I have really started to kick gardening into high gear. After all, we don’t have much time until our current pleasant weather patterns of moderate temperatures and weekend showers turns into 100-degree heat and harsh drought the Texas summers are famous for. Better get that garden in top condition ASAP.

And while I like to scour the net for design inspiration for both the indoors and out, my favorite source for backyard ideas to emulate is my mom’s garden. The woman has not only got a green thumb, but a remarkable sense of space, color and texture. She is gifted in creating colorful bursts of life in unexpected places and pairing native plants together in exuberant bouquets that stimulate the senses. What’s more, is she creates outdoor rooms and social spaces in areas that, before she gets to them, seemed void of any real function or purpose. She’s a force to be reckoned with when it comes to gardening, and every visit home reveals some fantastic new discovery in landscape design.

Not only does she practice fastidious attention to detail and preparation on her garden, but she has set her sights on ours as well. Over the past few weeks she has spent hours upon hours crafting a master landscaping plan for the gardens at the doodle house. And yesterday, we began work on phase one. I foresee big and beautiful changes in our garden future…inspired by our favorite garden guru.


13 Comments on “Garden Guru”

  1. Kmom says:

    It is always changing, ever evolving, and so is my plan for you. Spring garden obsession is in high gear.

  2. Monique says:

    Love your pictures! Spring is my favorite time of the year.

    http://littleyellowhouseblog.wordpress.com/

  3. These pictures just make me want to run out to my local nursery to buy lots of colorful plants for my yard! Beautiful:)

  4. etexbill says:

    Beautiful! I wish that you all would come to East Texas, and design my yard and deck.

  5. Allison H. says:

    wow! that’s a beautiful backyard! such an inspiration!! i need to take some tips from that yard for sure! :)

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