Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus) on passalong Phlox paniculata.

Garden editing, i.e. weeding

Late summer is the season of garden editing especially in a year with consistent rain and moderate temperatures. Consistent rain and moderate temperatures in Oklahoma? Yes, indeed. The summer of 2015 reminds me of the summers of my youth. There’s heat, but only a few days over 100F, and it’s rained...

Fritillary butterfly facing me on a Zinnia elegans.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: Pollinator Buffet

When you plan your garden in early February, what do you consider most important? Do you want fresh vegetables, fruit, flowers, or a mix of each? Do you think only of what you want, or do you also consider the pollinators that will, or won’t be stopping at your...

Purple chairs with American honeysuckle in August 2015.

Summer gardening sighs into August

Do you find it difficult to write about summer gardening? I do. I feel the same way about summer after July 4th that I do about winter after December 25th. I love the two holidays, but the weather tends to get worse after each. Summer in Oklahoma isn’t any...

Sunflower with bumblebee; Summer flowers for summer heat

Summer flowers for summer heat

July temperatures are above normal today, but it is the middle of an Oklahoma summer so I’m not surprised. This post started out as one for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, but I missed the 15th so now it’s about summer flowers for summer heat instead. You can’t go wrong with these tough beauties....

Hydrangea paniculata 'Little Lime' and Senorita Rosalita cleome

July garden chores

The page on the calendar has turned. It’s already July, which came in on a flood in Oklahoma. Today is gray, but I don’t mind. Gray skies bring cooler weather. July will be hot and humid soon so enjoy it while you can and get those July garden chores...

'Conca d' Or' - Orienpet Hybrid Lilies are much more beautiful in person than online.

Hot forecast and sunny days

“Is it hot out here or what?” I ask as I fan myself, and sweat drips down my face. Bill says, “Is a twenty-pound Robin fat?” It’s hotter than Hades in Oklahoma. Not as hot as 2011, but hot enough. Good thing daylilies like hot weather. They may melt...

Triangle bed on the left side

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, June 2015

Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, June 2015, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. If it’s June in Oklahoma, then you must know it’s all about the daylilies, or hemerocallis, if we’re being botanically literate. Here are my bloom day posts for 2014 and 2013. Daylilies are always the...