Stachytarpheta 'Nectarwand Red', red false vervain, Pipevine Swallowtail. Thanks to Leslie Kuss and the Moth and Butterfly I.D. group on Facebook for their help. Bloom Day.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, August

Hello friends! I’m actually making it to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day this month on the actual day! I think it’s the first time this year. Go me! Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is sponsored on the 15th of each month by Carol Michel of May Dreams Gardens. Hop over there...

Zinnia 'Queen Red Lime,' which is one of my favorites. Rain.

Rain = sweet garden relief

As I woke this morning, I heard the unmistakable sound of raindrops hitting the skylight above my bed. I sat up and glanced outside. It was still dark. I couldn’t see, but I still breathed a sigh of sweet relief. Rain was falling on Oklahoma’s dry and dusty plains....

Looking down the Italian hill

Garden trip: Bella Italia

Bella Italia means beautiful Italy You know how much I loved Italy when we went on a pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome last March. Well, now it’s your turn to take a garden trip to Italy and see the sights. A garden trip you’ll never forget. A few days ago, I...

Artisan Pink Tiger tomato is tiny, but packs a big punch. Very thin skinned and sweet.

Tomato season in high gear

Tomato season is in high gear at Little Cedar. You know we’re calling our property Little Cedar, right? That’s because my sister-in-law, Maria, said our garden reminded her of Big Cedar Lodge when she visited us in spring, and she dubbed our garden “Little Cedar.” We loved the name...

Marjorie Merriweather Post's Hillwood in Washington, D.C.

A visit to Hillwood

Hillwood, Marjorie Merriweather Post’s estate, in Washington, D.C. opened its doors for the Garden Bloggers’ flingers on our first morning of tours. Hillwood reminded me of numerous other estate gardens I’ve visited over the years. It’s kept in about the same condition and style as it was when Post still lived...

Hemerocallis Small World Lolly Pop Kid daylily

Tour gardens are pageant girls

Tour gardens are pageant girls. And, yes, I could have used contestants in the headline, but that wouldn't be alliteration would it? So, don't take the girl thing personally. I know they are women, not girls, and I'm not hating on pageants either.

Plant rack at Northwest Flower and Garden Show.

No garden variety apologies needed

While shopping at box stores and garden nurseries, I often see old friends and meet new ones, usually over plants. In fact, it’s one of my favorite ways to meet people. At parties, when new friends learn I’m a garden writer, they seem to feel the need to apologize...