Tuesday, June 13, 2017



The first day of summer is right around the corner.  Here are a few tips for your summer garden in my latest "Diggin' in the Dirt" Newsletter for Zones 7/8.

Happy gardening...

Toni :-)

Saturday, January 28, 2017


If you live in Zone 7/8, it is time to come out of hibernation and get back into our gardens.     Check out my "Diggin' in the Dirt" Newsletter for tips on late winter pruning and cleanup to get our gardens ready for spring growth.

Happy pruning....

Toni :-)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Oxblood lilies, also known as Schoolhouse lilies, Rhodophiala bifida
are like little red trumpets announcing that fall is here :-)

Here's my latest "Diggin' in the Dirt" Newsletter with tips for your fall garden (if you're in Zone 7b/8a)

Happy fall gardening...

Toni :-)

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

The 10 Best Dallas Suburbs - Grapevine

In a tie for the #4 spot, Grapevine was recently featured as one of the 10 best Dallas suburbs to live in.  Check out the article here


As wonderful as it was that Grapevine made the top 10 list, what made it even more special is that it was a picture of my yard was chosen to represent our fair city!    How cool is that?!!!    What an honor!

Grapevine is #1 in my book :-)

Happy Gardening in 2016!

Toni :-)

P.S.  As you can tell by the date of the previous post, I've been a little absent from my blog the past year.  I've been hanging out over on Facebook, so "like" my page:  Signature Gardens


Monday, September 1, 2014



Fall is a busy time in the garden in North Texas.   

Here's the latest


with tips for your fall garden.

Happy Gardening...

Toni :-)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

It's Not Nice to Rhyme With Ice

Have all the poppies perished? 


Are the columbines soon to croak?


Winter became reality,
the icy forecast was no joke!

March 2nd ice accumulation at my entryway

Have the roses come to ruin?
Oh, the salvias look so bad!


Will they live to bloom another day,
when now they look so sad?



The catmint looks all crinkled


The spiraea lost its buds.

Will they have a second flush of growth,
or are they merely duds?

Triumphator Lily June 2013

Will the Triumphator lily rise again
to toot its lovely horn?


Or will this winter be its end
and leave me so forlorn


The day the icy precip fell
and temps began to drop ...

 The daffodils once stood tall and bright...

Ice Follies the day before the ice

...then froze and took a flop




The pansies and the kale in pots
I fear are finally toast.


No containers full of color this year
about which I can boast.

Colorful containers February 2013

 About right now the warmth of spring
would really hit the spot. 

I'm so ready for winter to cash it in;
I just hope my plants have not!


A few buds remain to comfort me
Maybe spring's about to start.

A little sign to bring some hope
for my winter-weary heart.


I wrote this poem to lift my spirits
after a winter filled with ice.
And even though the words may rhyme,
this winter's been all but nice! 


Take care...and stay warm!
Toni :-)