First off, I hope you all are enjoying this wonderful holiday season.  

I had a wonderful Christmas with my family.   I apologize for not blogging recently, but I needed a few days to recover from the busyness of the past few days.  (Not to mention starting to eat a bit more healthy.  I’m trying to summon the strength to throw out the remaining ‘sweets’ that remain 😉

So, what have I been doing these past few days?

Buying plants, seeds, planning a new vegetable garden and preparing to renovate part of our front garden.

I purchased two new rose bushes for the back garden.  I selected ‘Graham Thomas’ and ‘Prospero’ David Austin(r) Roses from Heirloom Roses.  They should be here in a few days.
(I love David Austin roses and it can be hard to find them in nurseries, so I usually order them online).
I also purchased vegetable seeds for my spring vegetable garden from Burpee.  I ordered sweet corn, cucumbers, bush beans, gourds, pumpkin and sugar snap peas.

I haven’t purchased seeds from Burpee before, but my dad used to.  As a child, I remember looking at all the different varieties of vegetables and flowers that they had listed in their catalog and I would imagine which ones I would grow someday.

Which brings me to my favorite Christmas/Birthday gift from my husband:

A new vegetable garden (as if my current one isn’t enough 😉
We will be placing it in our side garden, which is quite wide and there is not much growing beside shrubs along the wall and house.
I am planning on the garden being 4 ft. wide and 10 – 15 feet long, maybe…

I’ll definitely will keep you updated as it progresses.

In the meantime,


from my garden to yours 🙂

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

7 replies
  1. FlowerLady
    FlowerLady says:

    What wonderful additions to your gardens, and how great that you'll be adding a new vegetable garden too. This is exciting and I look forward to all the pictures and posts you'll be sharing with us all.

    May you and your family have a fantastic 2012.


  2. HolleyGarden
    HolleyGarden says:

    Oh, your new vegetable garden sounds dreamy. How sweet of your husband. And your roses sound like beautiful ones, too, but which Austin roses aren't beautiful? Thanks for the reminder – I need to order seeds!

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