Sara's Dining Room Tour

Welcome, please come on into the dining room.

Granddaddy Loved Yellow Roses.

Every time I see a yellow rose I think of my sweet Granddaddy and how he loved them so.  I am going to call this yellow rose "Goodson".  He lived across the road from me and he would sit on his front porch and look at the rose.  He would always say to me "Dolly that is the prettiest yellow rose you've got over there."  "It, is the prettiest I've ever seen."  He would say.

Pine Straw by the Truckload!

I love this view, don't you?

Do you use mulch?  What works for you?  My mama didn't and she had the greenest thumb of anyone I've ever known.  She planted perennials and they were beautiful.  She would say, "Dolly you know it may be hard at first but in time the weeding will get easier."  I tried her way for years and it just didn't work for me. 

 My properties had different soil from hers'.  I say soil but it was almost pure sand and the same here at Hibiscus House.  Pure sand.  If people say you can't grow anything in sand you tell them yes you can.  I know, weeds and grass love it!

Another shot.  Friends said, "You weren't kidding when you wanted pine straw."
I hate to say it but this is how I buy it.  I love to garden here, which you probably know if you follow.  I plan to make a few formal gardens and will most likely have to have a little more.  I can't wait to make them and to share them with you.

I went the landscape fabric and mulch way.  I have tried wood bark etc. it doesn't work for me though.  It breaks down very quickly, molds quickly and insects love it!  That is why I choose pine straw. 


It is readily available in South Carolina.  I will be glad when my pine trees get large enough on this property to give me enough straw, but until then I will have to buy mine.  I had for years purchased from one business but the owner that was involved and in charge of the pine straw is no longer with them.  I sought out another source.

I found and right under my own nose I might add a source for the cleanest straw I've ever purchased.
Amerson's Nursery.  This is right down the road from me!  I slapped my forehead I didn't know they have pine straw!  I have shopped with them ever since we moved down here to Hibiscus House, they are my tree and shrub dealer of choice!

Mr. Campbell unloading and stacking the bales.  Mr. Amerson came down here with them now that is service.  If you find good people with great customer service I suggest you stay loyal to them.  

 The breeze feels so good this morning!

This is one bale with ties removed.  Check it out!  Looks great.

Isn't this pretty?  I love this time of year.  Grass and trees are getting very green.  Everything is alive and growing!  This is one bale of pine straw it covered and thickly I might add a section 5' wide by 10' long.

Moving on down the line with my little cart.  I love this thing don't know what I would do without it.  Thanks honey.  Chuck gave it to me a few years back and it is my right hand.  The grandsons like it  too!

Leyland Cyprus doesn't have the best of reputations but I couldn't resist buying these a few years ago.  They were only $5.  Do you see my garden cabin?  I still like the converted camp cabin/garden shed.  I will share it with you one day.  It needs a good cleaning first.

The last of it but have to go in for awhile, it's getting a little hot.

How do you like my antique handmade tool box?  I use this as my garden tote and it works quite well!  Chuck bought this for me and a few other very cute items I have to share with you soon.  We found them in Camden on a trip we took recently.

I have had to cut a few of the white roses on the picket fence.  It will be cleanup time soon.  They bloom so very hard that they drop their leaves.  That is when I start cutting them back.

I started a little last week and put them in Chuck's little red wagon.
These were growing in a place I didn't want them so thinned them out and took most of the blooms indoors to enjoy!
I'll be cutting back lots more soon and will share.  These don't take a lot of care but it does take a little timing to prevent cutting off the blooms. 

Locals I highly recommend the pine straw from Amerson's Nursery.  It is the cleanest I've ever seen!
I made a little video am dog tired and definitely not a videographer but wanted you to know!

Have a great weekend!

Hibiscus House White Roses Tour

Welcome! I'd like to invite you to take a walking tour of our most beautiful roses. These are our pride and joy. Every year they perform harder than the last and that in itself seems impossible to do. Each picture is a section of fence, none are duplicates.  2014 Spring Blooms on the picket fence. Enjoy.

Lettuce Rail Garden and Critters

 Butterhead Lettuce
Welcome!  Today I'd like to share the pretty lettuce that is growing in rail gardens right outside the back door.  This provides enough sun and shade for the fresh Butterhead Lettuce.  Next year I want Buttercrunch.  That is the variety I love the best.  This one is a close second.

Sara's Home Tour: The Living Room

Hello and welcome!  You may remember that we took a tour of Sara's Master Bedroom and Bath here
Today I am sharing her Living Room.

Please come inside.....

Sara's Home Tour The Master Bedroom

Welcome!  I'd like to take you on a tour that will be listed in several parts.  Today will be the master bedroom and bath.

Sara requested that I make a few items for her home and I was happy to do so for my best friend.  The items are on dolly's designs today for you to see.  Please check them out here.

Please sit back and enjoy the tour.

Master Bedroom

My photography can not give the true beauty of her home.
Look at the vibrant color on the chair.  Sara really has a knack for decorating and color schemes.

Day Trip to Georgetown, SC

Sara and I love Georgetown.  We call it our miniature Charleston.  We love South Carolina period and are proud of our very beautiful state....Click read more below....



Sam Kweskin WWII Soldier War-Time Artist Post-War Atlas Marvel Artist Co-worker of Stan Lee.

Sam Kweskin WWII Soldier War-Time Artist Post-War Atlas Marvel Artist Co-worker of Stan Lee.
WWII fellow soldier in same unit as my Dad the 83rd Chemical Mortar Btn.