Well, its here, SPRING that is. Everyone on the East Coast has been waiting for this day for a long time. (Not that it means it’s actually warm everywhere). Most people have certain signs that remind them it’s time for spring. Like the bright yellow flowers on the forsythias or yellow daffodil … [Read more...]

Welcome Landscape Southwest TV viewers!

Lots of exciting things have been going on over here at Brown green & more. I wanted you to be the first to hear that I'll now be sharing my Landscape Coaching tips and tricks over on Video! Yes I’ve partnered with Landscaping Southwest TV to bring you timely tips. The first episode airs this … [Read more...]

Step by Step: My Maintenance Month

  February is the busiest month in my yard and unfortunately it's also a crazy month in  my family. For being the shortest month, we have two kiddo birthdays, Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day and skiing. Phew. But back to maintaining the yard during my maintenance month. Step by step the … [Read more...]

Are my plants dead?

Sculptural elements like this prickly pear and metal garden orb take center stage on cold winter days. These plants are "tucked" in for the winter months. Fall is a good time to tuck in your plants and leave them until spring. Are my plants dead? This is one of the most popular questions I get … [Read more...]

TOP 5 of 2014!!

What a fantastic year it's been, thanks for all your support this year. Here are some of my favorite blog posts from the year!! HOW TO MAKE SEED BOMBS!  A classic and goody. I realized family, friends and folk just can't get enough, so here it is again!  THE 3 D's of DESIGN! DOODLE, DRAW … [Read more...]

A Green Hostess Gift

  Bouquet garni is an herb bundle used to flavor soups, stews, and even turkeys! It is cooked with other ingredients but it is removed before consumption. It is typically made with herbs like sage and thyme. It's a lovely fragrant gift for a friend who loves to cook. I've made mine with … [Read more...]

DIY Seed Ball Ornaments

  This year I've added a little twist to my seed bombs by turning them into ornaments to hand out as Christmas presents. Here is what you'll need. Materials: Clay for moisture retention and structure. You can use Crayola self drying clay or potters clay found at most local craft … [Read more...]

How to collect seeds!

How to save seeds, in particular the Mexican hat, Ratibida columnifera. This flower is part of the Sunflower family and it grows from a foot to 18" tall. It is fast growing and relatively short lived but it reseeds readily. I love this wildflower because it grows well in the High Desert (5,000-7,500 … [Read more...]

Green chilies for composting NOT eating.

  What do green chilies and compost have in common? You know your compost is from the southwest when during the mixing stage it smells like green chilies. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting my local compost center, Soilutions. They do more than just compost but their passion … [Read more...]