It’s in the air friends! 🍂 Time for me to tweak my attitude and prepare for fall. Each year I enjoy this time of year more and more … specially since I retired and have more actual time in the garden in all seasons! Fall will never be spring to me but that’s okay. My attitude was adjusted a couple years back with this quote that appeared on a card I received… 

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Albert Camus

Another thing that has helped is for the last few years I have become more and more focused on late summer / fall seasonal power bloomers. Dahlias have been a game changer for that. They work beautifully with Zinnias and the Non Stop Roses. Add to all of that, many of my roses that took a break from the intense heat are now budding up and primed for a great fall flush. September is going to be a blooming season! Garden excitement and beauty right up to frost! (Here are five roses I consider some of my Non Stop Roses: Mother of Pearl, Petit Pink, Easy on the Eyes, Music Box, and Sweet Drift. These roses are rarely without bloom.)


Mother of Pearl
Mother of Pearl


I found something new this week at Dammann’s Nursery … Belinda’s Blush. Do you grow it? It is a sport of Belinda’s Dream (Earth Kind Rose) which I do have. I just love the color and fragrance, plus there are very few thorns. If you’d like to know more or purchase one for your garden, read on here. Or if you are local go to Dammann’s – they had several.


It’s seed-saving time and first up is Larkspur. I don’t know the name of my larkspur but it’s the one I love so I save the seeds each year. 


The latest Rose Chat is one I think you will really like. I chatted with Teri Speight, a great garden friend who not only released two books this year but volunteers in a variety of places making a huge difference! Teri is so committed to sharing the love of gardening and flowers with as many people as possible and works tirelessly to do. I think you’ll find her inspiring. I sure do – she’s a total delight!

Listen to the podcast here…

Hybrid Musk Roses – Matt Douglas Rose Chat Podcast

Hybrid Musk Roses Matt Douglas, High Country Roses In this episode, we'll be exploring the fascinating world of Hybrid Musk roses with our special guest, Matt Douglas, the owner of High Country Roses. Matt is an expert on all things roses and has been cultivating these beautiful flowers for over 30 years. He'll be sharing his knowledge and insights on Hybrid Musk roses, a group of roses that have been gaining popularity in recent years due to their hardiness, disease resistance, and lovely blooms. So sit back, relax, and join us for an engaging conversation on Hybrid Musk roses with Matt Douglas on the Rose Chat Podcast. ROSE CHAT TEAM:   Executive Producer & On-Air Personality: Chris VanCleave – Creator of the Rose Chat Podcast. Mr. VanCleave is a nationally known rosarian, television personality, speaker and advocate for the rose.   Content Creator & On-Air Personality: Teresa Byington – Co-Host Teresa Byington promotes roses as an integral part of the landscape, as a Consulting Rosarian, Master Gardener, writer, and speaker.   SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe to Rose Chat Podcast Updates:
  1. Hybrid Musk Roses – Matt Douglas
  2. Miniature and Miniflora Roses
  4. Noisettes … The Southern Belle of Roses
  5. NEW PLANTS FOR 2023

You can follow Teri on Instagram and Facebook.

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The Urban Garden… here


I am continuing to add short videos to my new YouTube series, Bloom Thyme Minute. You can take a look here. If you like them, please subscribe to be alerted when a new one is released.

The latest one…


Kudos to Starbucks for joining much of the known world around a seasonal drink. PSL had its first limited launch in 2003. Can you believe that! Want to meet the “father of the PSL? Listen here… (It’s a fun and interesting video from CBS Mornings – about 6 minutes – once you get through the ads.😉) 

I was a skeptic at first … Pumpkin Spice Latte … Seriously????  Well, that question has been answered and I am happy to tell you that it looks like the 2022 release date for Pumpkin Spice Lattes is August 30 and I’ll be there for it. It’s not a drink I have often as I like my coffee pretty plain but that seasonal “event’ certainly adds fun and flavor to my transition to fall. 

Until next time


  1. You are a most gifted photographer! Love the quote about autumn! We recently had three inches of rain in our area and a cool spell with a couple of days feeling just like fall. But the heat has returned but not the humidity. I enjoyed seeing your video, Fun in the Sun. How many roses do you have now in your garden? Do you have some help with all of your roses and other gardening chores? Btw, my miniature white, of course, gardenias are still blooming. And they are scented! Some of my roses are blooming again, too, so pretty.

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