I’m a freelance writer, born and raised in Oklahoma. Twenty-two years ago, Bill and I married during a thunderstorm. I love thunder and lightning, so I knew good things would come. He doesn’t like to garden, but he helps build nearly all garden hardscape. I like it that way. We have four children. Number One is grown and living on her own. The Diva and ASW are now both at the University of Oklahoma, and Bear is in high school. They all agree that this blog takes up way too much of my time. They are the center of my life, but I need some form of self expression, so I type on. So far, the only one who likes to garden is Bear. I hope she continues to dig in the dirt and nurture plants after I’m long gone. You could say I’m obsessive. I grow over 90 rose bushes (at least that was the last count) along with daylilies and other heat-loving perennials. When I started gardening twenty-six years ago, I began with three rose bushes: ‘Double Delight,’ ‘Tiffany’ and ‘Queen Elizabeth’ that I bought at the local discount store. Two were Hybrid Teas, and the other a Grandiflora. I built a small raised bed for them and lavished them with food and chemicals. They were beautiful, and I was hooked. I don’t spray anymore, so I now grow mostly disease resistant roses and drought resistant plants to make my job easier. When I moved out to the country to start my life with Bill, I “made” a small vegetable garden. You see, out here, we don’t “grow” a vegetable garden, we “make” it. Don’t ask me why. The bunnies ate that first attempt, but after fencing the small rectangle, I kept trying. In a magazine (does anyone remember Kitchen Gardener?) I discovered a garden plan with geometric shapes like triangles and diamonds. It looked very French, and I wanted mine to look just like it. Bill built it and it is the center of the over one acre I now tend. I’m gluten and casein intolerant (no wheat or dairy,) hence the gluten free blogs on my blogroll. Plus, those women write like poets, so I’d love them anyway. I’m a frequent contributor to Oklahoma Gardener magazine, and I’ve written for Organic Gardening magazine, Fine Gardening, flower magazine, The Edmond Sun, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma Horticulture Society’s Horticulture Horizons, and The Daylily Journal. I’m also Catholic, and I’ve been published in The Sooner Catholic, our state Catholic newspaper. Thanks for visiting my little patch of heaven in the red dirt state. I hope you’ll come again soon. You can find me on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.