Pesticide Free Zone sign--after seeing this, all of the bloggers who garden for habitat and pollinators wanted one.

Stories from the Garden Bloggers Fling: Chickadee Gardens

If your mind is still a blur from all the sensory input even two weeks later, how would you write the stories of the Garden Bloggers Fling? First, we’ll start with some facts: This year the fling was in Portland, a gardener blogger paradise. Three full days of glorious garden touring. We went to...

Eucomis 'Oakhurst' pineapple lily closeup

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: July

I got home last night at Midnight after a seven-day journey first to Boise, Idaho for a visit with Mary Ann Newcomer and then to Portland, Oregon, for Garden Bloggers Fling. I am weary. I almost posted one tomato blossom for this July Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Almost. There’s something about...

The four B's to daylily garden zen

Four B’s to daylily garden zen

You may have noticed a lot of daylily bloom posts on Red Dirt Ramblings this year. For those of you bored by all this hemnut nonsense, I promise we’ll be back to regular programing soon. I’m headed to the Garden Bloggers Bling in Portland this week, and I hope to...

Hemerocallis 'Derrick Cane' (Brooks-B., 1992) is my darkest daylily. Planted with a bit of afternoon shade, it holds its nearly black color all day.

Come on over to daylily’s dark side

Imagine, for a moment, Darth Vader holding a daylily scape in his hand instead of a light saber. He’s exhorting Luke Skywalker to come on over to the dark side, but instead of talking about the Force, he’s speaking of velvety soft and dark daylily blooms. How could Luke ever...

Tiered borders stuffed to the brim.

With rain, the garden grows

This year, I am reminded that gardening is so much easier when the sun doesn’t overwhelm plants suffering from drought. With a little rain, the garden grows in beauty and grace. The last three years Oklahoma suffered with high temperatures and terrible drought, not as terrible as California, but bad enough. Even...

H. 'Jedi Blue Note' with green frog.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, June 2014

One the great gifts of Carol Michel’s long-running meme, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, is the chronicling of one’s own garden throughout the years. I’ve participated most months since May 15, 2008, when I wrote about my David Austin roses. Since I’ve done this for so many seasons, I find some things...

Hemerocallis 'Radiation Biohazard'

Daylily season is in full swing

We’ve reached my husband’s favorite time of the gardening year, and coincidentally, it always occurs right around his birthday. It is daylily season, and we are in full swing. Whenever Bill gets home from work and once we’ve had dinner, he and I walk the gardens to see the day’s blooms. I’m charmed...