Welcome/Willkommen/Bienvenue/Bienvenidos to my garden/horticulture site!

The Garden Maiden's welcome image. copyright 2013 The Garden Maiden

TALES FROM THE HORT SIDE: Here I will be sharing stories, projects, experiences, trials and tribulations from my Garden of Goods and Evils and other gardens and plant places. A garden is a constant work in progress, a continually changing pallet of flora and fauna. From this pallet I learn, grow, adapt, change, and carry on.  My garden (both edible garden and ornamental landscape) is a work of art and science…a work in progress that is. Read about me.

Through this site and my blog I will journal and share my own experiences. Socialize with me (if you are into that) by clicking the links at the top of my site.

What’s new?
Undoubtedly, fall is my favorite time of year. In particular I love the refreshing break from a hot and humid coastal summer. One of my favorite things about fall in south Mississippi is that even after the temperatures begin their ebb and flow between highs in the 60’s and 70’s and nightly lows in the 40’s, the garden continues to bloom and bring pleasure.  Even now in November the shrimp plant is looking great! And although my confederate rose has just finished blooming, the fall camellias are putting on a show. Even some of my azaleas are in full bloom. The air is perfumed with flowers of banana shrub, loquat and Osmanthus. The grass has slowed its growth and I have put the mower away for now, for the most part.  The only thing I have to do before winter is bring in the frangipani (Plumeria) and a couple of other tropicals and vines of tropical Passiflora and Aristolochia. I think I have finally found a home for some of my Plumeria branches, as they are too big to bring in without some pruning. Did I mention I am enjoying the pleasurable ache of muscles sore and tired from raking leaves into the compost pile. Gotta love fall!

Thanks for stopping by and please check back soon or follow my blog for updates via email.

**Please note that all images on this site are my own unless otherwise indicated. Each image is optimized for web and devices, therefore they are not high resolution. Please do not use or reprint any materials from this site unless you have obtained written permission from me at thegardenmaiden@gmail.com and then please properly give credit. Thanks!


A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.

Liberty Hyde Bailey

All images and text copyright The Garden Maiden, 2017


3 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Henry

    Wonderful site. I was wondering how would you build a raised garden? Should we try stones or simply some wood products?


    • Hi Henry, that’s one of the wonderful things about a raised bed or raised gardens…there are so many options available, from styles to materials. From a greener standpoint, you would use whatever is local or can be recycled/upcycled. Three things to consider regardless are good drainage, materials that won’t leach harmful chemicals (especially for veggies/edibles) and ease of access (not too wide). I’ll be posting this spring/summer on mine and others. Stay tuned! I am also starting a pinterest board on this topic for visual examples.


  2. chanti

    Great site. Information I can definitely use. 🙂
    Can’t wait to see more!


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