5th Best Place To Live In DFW Also Has Magnificent Gardens!

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D Magazine voted the city of Murphy the 2014 5th best place to live in Dallas-Ft. Worth for its neighborhoods, schools and quality of life. I want to add another category: Gardens!

Look at Murphy in bloom! These gorgeous stargazers lilies are from the Leflett family garden who live in  Maxwell Creeks. These lilies are so vibrant and beautiful.  Did you know that the pink stargazer represents wealth and prosperity and are a sign of aspiration? More pink stargazers for me! Thanks to the Leflett family for sharing.

There is plenty to be seen in Maxwell Creek. Not only are the flowers radiant, but the veggies are growing strong, too. My next stop was a few doors down where I had a great visit with my Maxwell Creek neighbor and fellow gardener, Kara, and her family. She has a growing vegetable garden which features tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, a variety of hot peppers, cucumbers, squash, garlic and, my favorite from her garden, the beautiful purple hull pea.

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Kara turned a problem area in her backyard into the perfect spot for one of her two gardens. She cleaned the area and placed a nice garden box in the location. This might be an idea for those you who are trying to decide where to build your garden. Look for an unexpected location with lots of sunlight for your beds.

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As Kara showed me her garden, we were lucky to see a busy bee pollinating blooms. Ahhh, the plant life cycle continues…

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…and I will continue to feature magnificent Murphy gardens.  If you would like your garden to be represented, please email me at http://www.dawnredmond@ebby.com

Stay tuned for next week’s gardens.

Calling all green thumbs!

I want to showcase your gardens and best gardening tips on MurphyintheMiddle.com.

Each spring I look forward to planting my small garden.  I am no “pro” by any means, but I enjoy my annual commune with the earth.  Last year, I had a terrible time with my garden.  I planted my usual bounty, watered it regularly, but I had very little to show for my efforts.  It was so bad, I made this video.    

 This year I used my smarts and built a fence around the darn thing and elevated all of my potted plants. While I do have a rabbit that likes to hide behind the garden, he can’t get to it!

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Thanks to the fence and the much needed rain, I actually have a harvest this year.  I know I could have purchased the entire produce section at Sprouts for what I have spent on this garden, but I don’t mind.  I feel victorious every time I pick a ripened gem.

My cucumbers are little deformed, but they taste great.  I just slice them and add a little salt to these babies.

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 The grape tomatoes are so sweet.  I have been popping them in my mouth like they are Tic Tacs.  I am trying keep get enough of them at one time so that I can cut them in half, stuff them with a little feta cheese, broil them a bit then drizzle with balsamic vinegar. YUMM-O!

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 I also have Big Boy Tomatoes.  But like a big boys, they take a long time to mature…(insert laughter here).

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 For the first time, I am growing okra.  I don’t know what to make with the okra as it is not my favorite, I have learned that I like them grilled with a little olive oil.  Any ideas are welcomed.

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 The fresh basil and oregano make me want to cook Italian dishes every night.

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 HELP!  For the first time, I have been able to keep the squash plant alive and blooming.  Sadly, I haven’t had a single squash.  Nor has the poblano pepper plant given me one baby.  Any ideas or suggestions?

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 Enough about my Murphy garden.  How is your’s doing? Tell me your garden story and share photos so that I can share it with others.

Murphy ranked among the best small towns by Money Magazine

Murphy homeowners are smart shoppers! The city was ranked #27 on  Money Magazine’s 2011 list of the 100 best small towns to live in the US . The towns were selected based on “great job opportunities, top-notch schools, safe streets, economic strength, nice weather, plenty to do, and more” according to the magazine article. Readers have the opportunity to vote for their favorite small town by “fanning” the city’s Facebook page.

My family initially elected to live in Murphy because of the green space,  decent schools, moderate home prices and cultural diversity. The city has grown since in the six years we have been here and now offers many desirable amenities such as a variety of restaurants and nearby shopping. I still call it DFW’s best kept secret.

Other Texas small towns listed include The Colony (#68), Cibolo (#77), Wells Branch (#92) and Keller (#93).

Here is a link to the story: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2011/index.html