First off, let me tell you who I'm not:
I don't have paid sponsorships from big box retailers and garden centers.
I don't have a millionaire uncle.
I don't have a PhD in horticulture.
I'm not a naturally organized person.
And I'm not a bit jealous of anybody who has been blessed with the talent, tenacity or just plain good luck to have any or all of those things.
I'm the absolute definition of a lazy gardener. I love to plan and plant, and I don't much care for maintenance and weeding. Outside of spraying my expensive roses (because the evil Japanese Beetles will destroy anything that is beautiful or delicious in the garden), and watering during dry spells, I generally take a sink-or-swim attitude with my plants. I will pull weeds if they're growing on the public side of the yard, but I prefer to use a heavy layer of mulch in order to avoid as much weeding and watering as possible.
I am also the absolute definition of frugal. That frugality doesn't always look the way you might think. I will, for example, buy own-root, disease-resistant, fragrant, repeat-blooming, beautiful roses from an online retailer rather than grafted, disease-prone, fragrant, beautiful, once-blooming roses from a big box retailer. I'll do that because I know that I'll have a long-term plant that I don't have to spend as much money treating for diseases and insects, or replacing after it has died back to the root stock due to a harsh winter.
I'm a tea snob. In fact, I own a Tea Room which is open 3 days per week. Most of the photos and projects that I share here are from the tea room's garden, rather than my home garden. The front porch and garden of the tea room are full of vintage lawn furniture, bird baths, fountains and other (hopefully tasteful) yard art. Nearly all of it has come from yard sales, auctions and thrift stores. Which is another facet of my frugality. I spend money where it yields the greatest return, and see the hidden potential in things that others can't see.
In addition to those things, I'm a voracious reader, a homeschooling mom, and a farmer's wife. Which means that I have too many irons in the fire 100% of the time.
I'm telling you these things so that you can get an idea of what you might expect to gain from this blog: Low-maintenance, low-cost, common-sense projects, ideas and tips to help you be a successful gardener.