Tag Archives: Lisa Ribbeck

May, I Celebrate!

TRULY A MONTH of celebration for all of nature, May is green and full of blooms. Whether you are attending a graduation, a party for Mother’s Day or the crowning of the May Queen—this is the moment to let the...

Is Life a Bed of Roses?

WHOEVER DESCRIBED LIFE that way probably had lived a very full life! Now you may think, “Ouch, who would want to lay down on a rose bush?” My first thought, too! But who does not enjoy the lovely blooms that...

To Seed or Not to Seed?

THAT IS THE QUESTION! Why wait until Easter to get things started in the garden? If you have a sunny windowsill or space under a nice warm lamp, you can begin your spring garden beds right indoors! Seed packets are...
Do Flowers Speak?

Do Flowers Speak?

WHY DO WE send red roses on Valentine’s Day? Your first thought was likely, “Because we always have!” Actually, this tradition started in ancient times and didn’t occur just on this February holiday. Flowers have their own special language and...

Decoration Dilemma

The holidays are gone, but don’t throw away those living decorations! Maybe you were gifted a Christmas cactus or Hawaiian Christmas tree and who didn’t buy a poinsettia or two? The leaves are wilted, the flowers may be gone but,...

Southern Holiday Tradition

EVERGREENS HAVE long been part of our southern holiday decorating schemes. Long before the Christmas tree became a popular tradition in the newborn Americas, people of other cultures and time periods used evergreen boughs as a reminder that the brown...

Savoring the Holidays

IF YOU ARE from the South, you know one of the most popular holiday ingredients is the pecan. It is used to make sweet desserts (pecan pie, pralines, bourbon pecan balls) and savory favorites (pecan stuffing, green bean-pecan casserole, pecan...

A Rake and a Journal

COOL BREEZE AND CRISP AIR, lots of color in the trees—what a perfect time for…the rake! Now I bet you were thinking football and that may be true, but this nature lover cannot help but notice the multi-colored carpet of...

Backyard Bed and Breakfast

THE DAYS ARE growing shorter and every now and then, a cool breeze gives us a tingle. Preparations begin for all the excitement fall has to offer, but the most important preparations should be in your own backyard. Visitors are...

Summer’s Heat Can Be Inspirational

AUGUST HAS ARRIVED and guess what?! We are halfway through the summer heat! August is really a month the reluctant gardener hates to be in the yard. Hot, humid and buggy—hopefully you have kept up with your chores and can...

Sunshine on My Shoulder

JULY IS A MONTH of independence! School is out, kids are home and vacations are in full swing! The garden is full of green and sparkles after all of spring’s preparation–or is it? When the temperature heats up, who wants...

Color Your Garden Now

AS THE BEAUTIFUL COLORS of spring turn into summer green, wouldn’t it be nice to peek out at the garden and see a burst of color? A special tuber can do that for your garden. Nope, not a potato! This...