Rosa 'Carefree Beauty' against an old fence in my back garden.

Gifts for Gardeners: The British Book Edition

British garden books are a whole different flavor from American ones. I think the ones below would make great gifts for any gardener on your list. These books are my current British favorites. Some I was sent through the American arm of their publisher while others I purchased for myself....

Begonia blooming in the greenhouse. Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day: December

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: December

Oklahoma is cloudy and wet on this December Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day hosted each month by Carol Michel at May Dreams Gardens. Cold is supposed to return tomorrow. Oh joy. Each morning for the last two weeks, I woke to mostly gray skies and fog. This advection fog is an...

Cover of Digging Deep

Cyber book party and giveaway for Digging Deep

I’m honored that Fran Sorin asked RDR to be part of her cyber book party and giveaway for the 10th Anniversary and re-release of her ground-breaking book, Digging Deep. We have prizes galore for this book party. Last week, I gave away Haven Brand manure tea–also part of this...

Cover of A Garden to Dry For by Chris McLaughlin. Cover used with permission by St. Lynn's Press.

Gifts for gardeners: American book edition

Wondering what gift to buy your gardener for Christmas this year? I have some great gift book ideas for you. This was a banner year for garden books, so I’m writing this post and a second British edition later next week. Of the books sent to me this year, these...


Growing amaryllis is easy

I like hippeastrum. What are hippeastrum you ask? We know them as amaryllis. When I write that I like them, I mean I’m a hipp-aholic. They brighten my house with their stately blooms before Christmas and after. Growing amaryllis is easy, and I want you to grow them too. Plus,...

Greenhouse, cold frame and covered up potager

Greenhouse musings, and Moo Poo Tea giveaway!

Since the weather is singing a wintry tune, it’s time for greenhouse musings and a moo poo tea giveaway. First, the musings. Bill and I weren’t ready for the sudden cold snap when it came. Although we have propane heat with an electric backup, we forgot to check the propane before...

'Emperor of China' mum

It is well with my garden

November 5, and it is well with my garden. Gradually, flowers are slowing down, but roses were still blooming in the blustery day that preceded yesterday’s rain. ‘Carefree Beauty’ seems to have come out of her slump of two months and is blooming freely now. She grows near two roses that...