Create a Colorful Garden…Even in this Heat!

Dallas (Zone 8a) gets hot…yet we want a colorful garden. Here is a list of some of my favorite colorful flowers that can handle the heat!

1. Black-Eyed Susans: This native plant is beautiful with the prominent dark centers and yellow flowers. Butterflies love these!
Black-Eyed-Susan-Backgrounds2. Pincushion Flowers: These pastel color flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. They can get almost two feet tall.
pin3. Autumn Sage: The dark red, purple, lavender and fuchsia colors are beautiful!
032015flowers24. Homestead Verbena: I love the large purple flower clusters.
1774-Homestead-Purple-Verbena 5. Pink Skullcap: Small, red flowers.pinkskullcap 6. Blackfoot Daisy: This has small white flowers with yellow centers and needs a well-draining soil.926152ab0316638c_5883-w618-h436-b0-p0--home-design7. New Gold Lantana: This lantana has golden yellow flowers.Lantana-New-Gold18. Hibiscus: 10 foot wide plant with bright, scarlet flowers. How could you not love that?his 9. Belinda’s Dream: This pink rose required little care.belindas_dream110. Mystic Spires Blue: These blue and long flowers are pretty and also the plant is rarely bothered by pests or disease.spires

Send me pictures of your garden if you happen to have some of these beautiful flowers in it! I would love to see it!

As always, I am never too busy to handle any of your real estate needs! Happy planting!

-Dawn Redmond

New Listing in Maxwell Creek!

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Stunning 5 bedroom, 4 ½ bath, 3-car-garage home for sale in the wonderful community of Maxwell Creek in Murphy. The total square footage is 3,888. This home has upgrades and beautiful features throughout! The dark brown hand-scraped hardwood floors add such an elegant touch. Get ready to fall in love with the master bedroom suite complete with a sitting area, picture window, spa-like bathroom and custom closet. There is tons of storage throughout the home. The second bedroom and full bath downstairs could also be an office. The kitchen is open with plenty of counter space, double ovens, island and a large pantry. New roof as of June 2015, You’ll definitely love this home! Most furnishings are also for sale.

Maxwell Creek is a neighborhood you would want to live in! It’s proximity to many different shopping centers, restaurants and recreational activities make it a perfect spot for the active lifestyle. Children attend the award-winning Wylie ISD School District.

Call me for more details at 972-689-8424!

Dawn Redmond


Maxwell Creek Easter Egg Hunt


Please join us Saturday morning, April 19th at 10:00 a.m. for our annual Easter Egg Hunt.

We have over 2,000 eggs!

We will meet at the soccer field behind the clubhouse and swimming pool for the hunt and then return to the clubhouse for refreshments and passing out the prizes.

We still need help with setting up, cleaning up and putting out the eggs.

If you can help, please email:

See you there!

How patriotic are you? Take this July 4th Quiz

1. What event do Americans celebrate with a National Holiday on the fourth of July?
a. Washington’s birthday. b. The official signing of the Declaration of Independence. c. The formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence. d. Our victory over England, thus ending the Revolutionary War.
2. What other country celebrates their independence day in the month of July (Bastille Day)?
a. Canada b. England c. France d. Australia e. Poland
3.What do you call an expert of flags?
a. Flagman b. Flagellum c. Vexillologist  d. Flatulent e. mercenary
4. How many colonies were there at the start of the Revolutionary War?
a.9   b.7  c.13  d.15  e. 23
5.How many signers were there of the Declaration of Independence?
a.23  b.33  c.40  d.45  e.56
6.In what city was the declaration of Independence signed?
a.New York  b .Washington DC  c. Boston  d. Philadelphia  e. Lexington
7.When was the Declaration of Independence signed by most of the signers?
a.July 2  b.July 4  c. July 5  d. August 2
8 .Where is the Liberty Bell located?
a. Boston   b. Philadelphia   c.New York   d. Bunker Hill
9.Who was the oldest person to sign the Declaration of Independence?
a. George Washington  b. Thomas Jefferson  c.Abe Lincoln  d.Ben Franklin
10.Who was the youngest to sign the Declaration of Independence?
a.John Hancock  b. George Washington   c .Edward Rutledge   d. Samuel Adams
11.How many stripes are on the flag today?
a. 6  b.11  c. 13  d.15
12 Lafayette was a native of what country?  
a. United States  b. England. c. Spain  d. Germany  e. France
13. Which State had the most signers of the Declaration of Independence?
a. New York  b. New Jersey  c. Vermont  d.Virginia  e Pennsylvania
14.What is written on the back of the Declaration of Independence?
a. A treasure map  b. nothing  c.signatures of the delegates  d.Original declaration of Independence 4th of July
15. Paul Revere signed the Declaration of Independence first?  True or False
16. Poor Richards Almanac was written by?
a. John Hancock  b. Ben Franklin  c. Samuel Adams  d. Nathan Hale
17.The stripes on the flag stand for the first 13 States?  True or False
18.The USS Constitution goes by the name of Old Iron Ship? True or False
19.Who wrote Paul Revere’s Ride?
a. Mark Twain  b. John Hancock  c.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  d. Sam Adams
20.Sir Francis Dashwood provided guns for the Revolution?  True or False
Bonus Questions
21. How many hotdogs are consumed on July 4th each year?
a.5 million  b.150 million  c.1 billion  d.1 trillion
22.Who invented fireworks?
a.The Egyptians  b. The British  c.The Chinese  d. Louisiana Cajuns
23.How many people were living in the 1776?
a.500,000  b.1 million  c.2.5 million  d.1 billion
1.C = 2.C = 3.C = 4.C = 5.56 = 6.D = 7.D = 8.B = 9.D = 10.C = 11.C = 12.E = 13.E = 14.D = 15.False
16.B = 17.False = 18.False = 19.C = 20.True = 21.B = 22.C = 23.C

How did you score? Let us know!

20-23 Correct – A fire cracker should be named after you!

15-19 – You are as American as apple pie

10-14 – Got a C in  high school American History

5-9 –  Ummm

0-4 – Need to check your birth certificate

2011 Maxwell Creek Easter Egg Hunt

One of the strongest attributes of Maxwell Creek is that it is a family-friendly community with plenty of kids. The Easter Egg Hunt is always a big hit for residents and a great way to kick off the Easter weekend.

Dawninthehood was on the scene to capture this year’s hunt on April 23rd. The Egg Hunt committee, headed by Maxwell Creek neighbor Shelly Johnson, put on quite a “hoppin” event which included 2500 eggs and a special visit from the Easter Bunny.

See it here:


It’s so nice to have places to shop  and visit within a few  miles. I wish we were getting boutiques and unique shops. I’m not complaining because the new stores mean job creation and more money spent in the area (and a bigger tax base). It also means more traffic. But hey, we are getting our major roads widened to handle the traffic. But then we lose the “life at your pace” feel that is Murphy’s slogan.  But we gain convenience and visitors who think going to Wylie/Murphy is going to the city…I will stop right there.

Welcome to the new additions to Murphy and the surrounding area:

DollarTree – now open

Tuesday Morning – Opens March 1

Kohl’s – Opens March 6

Wylie Recreation Center – Now Open

The Power of The ‘Hood: Lost Dog Reunited with Owner…Again!

When I started this blog, I had many ideas and I will get to them as the blog evolves. One of the ideas was to have a way to quickly communicate with neighbors whenever there was a lost dog or cat in the neighborhood. I had my first lost pet alert in January. The dog was found and I shouted with glee.

Well, the dog got out again. An email circled in the neighborhood about a found Yorkie. Because the dog had been posted on the blog, one of the neighbors was able to contact me to get a hold of the owner.  A tremendous effort was made by several neighbors to get the dog back to his owner. It was quite a adventure!

“The power of email” one of the neighbors stated. Yes, and I will add, “the power of great neighbors in the in the ‘hood.”

I am happy to post “lost and found” pets and items to blog. Just email me with the information.

The snow people of Maxwell Creek

The first snowfall of the season on January 9th brought out the inner sculptor of many of the neighbors. Families and friends joined forces to build  snow people for all to enjoy.  Some neighbors have real talent for snow carving. Here are a few of the “flaky” friends

408 Post Oak

315 Post Oak


405 Brookmere

620 Candlewood

620 Candlewood

204 Crepe Myrtle

217 Crepe Myrtle

216 Crepe Myrtle

409 Crepe Myrtle

440 Creekside

812 Hunters Glen

721 Rosewood