Dreams of Being A Gardener!


Did you ever assume you would be good at something only to find out you’re lousy at it?


Lazy Susans in a wicker basket without a bottom to help train them to stand upright.

In my youth, I always thought I would be a great gardener!  How could I miss?  I grew up around grandparents that farmed for a living.

Magical days were spent helping Grandma pull weeds, gather okra, or pick out the potatoes from the red Oklahoma mud.  Riding the tractor with Grandpa as he plowed the fields had to turn me into a gardener, right?

Well…it didn’t.

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Now back to my dreams of being a gardener! 🙂


I’ve always imagined wearing a floppy hat and using small hand tools  Garden Hand Tool Set 4 Piece Extra Long Lightweight – EZ on Your Back Ergonomic Design & Storage Box while puttering around containers filled with prize-winning flowers.

The macrame with a dead plant

In my first house back in the late ’70s realized I was in gardening trouble.  Macrame was big.  I could macrame.  I could buy a house plant to put in the macrame.  But, I couldn’t get the house plant to live in the macrame.  Within two weeks the house plant looked as brown as the macrame! :/  Things got over watered, under watered, pruned too much, wrong soil, burned with too much plant food.  If it killed a plant…I did it.

So I went to dried plants in the ’80s, silks in the ’90s, and now…nothing!  If it wasn’t for Mike our yard would rock.

Ideas for the garden are all his.


This plant, we call a poodle tree has four huge poms!  They are getting as large as the rock.  I have to climb the rock to prune the tree.


We have learned that elk will eat anything!   While I dream of white picket fencing, this wire fencing is the best way to keep elk from eating this plant to the ground!

Yes, they have done that many times.


Our trees are pine.


Flowers are desert types.


Our bushes are manzanita.


The herbs are rosemary.


Our vines have to be protected from the elk.


Fall raking is pinecones.

Dreams of being a gardener with a large vegetable garden, large prize winning flowers, and green grass. We live in the mountains of AZ so for now I keep dreaming. Country Design Style

Living in Oklahoma

Mike and I moved to my hometown in Oklahoma. We have over 2 acres of green grass, charming flower beds, and brick patios. There’s rich dirt to plant beautiful flowers, oversized pots on the patios, and tons of trees.

This planter is outside of the laundry room. I like pulling the weeds out here because it’s not so hard on my back. Lol!

This peony is the most magnificent flower I’ve ever seen. And we grew it! Wow!

These hydrangeas grew huge in the first year. This year they are not as huge. Not sure why, but that’s okay.

I found this planter on Amazon for my herbs. I lined the bottom with several layers of burlap. The planter has a drain hole in the middle with tracks to let the water collect and roll out. I love it!

This is our front door area with a massive vine. Sometimes it reminds me of the “Little Shop of Horrors” movie!

Garden dreaming NOW!

I’m starting to live my dream of being a gardener and planting vegetables and arranging flowers in little flower beds.

I even cut the bottom from a wicker basket to help our Lazy Susans to stand tall and proud!

Do you think I qualify for the big floppy hat?

Enjoy this video made for Pinterest sharing the flowerbeds of Poncton Abbey.

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  1. I have dreams of being a gardner too! Ithink i like your options of raking up in the fall then my thousands of maple leaves! lol I love the poodle tree, it is pretty cool looking!

    1. DeDe Lol! We have one little maple tree Mike planted so I could see it from the kitchen window. I didn’t think to take a picture of it. It still has the wire fencing around it because maple trees are like candy to elk. ~Jeanette

  2. Awwwwww. C’mon girls! Macramé is back! Oh, yes it is! Have you checked out Pinterest? “Knotting” or macramé jewelry is the rage. Look on Etsy. Anyway, give those knots a break. Macramé has come a long way.

    Your yard is beautiful. I hope you give Mike a bit hug for all that beautiful work!

    1. Linda, now macrame jewelry I could wear. I never even thought about how they make those great pieces, but I guess it is like macrame knots. I do give Mike a hug everyday for his beautiful work. I should couldn’t do it. Thanks for stopping by our yard! 🙂 ~Jeanette

  3. I seriously hope macramé does not come back in style. Your garden is lovely.

    1. Carla, I hope it doesn’t either! Tying knots, weaving and adding beads here and there making a mess on the floor and what did you end up with…something ugly to hang. Thank you to Mike for making the best garden in the mountains. I dream of what he could do in better gardening locations. Thanks for stopping by. ~Jeanette

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