Why do gardens matter?

In this age of hyper-technology and a corresponding increase in nature blindness, why do gardens matter? This is the question I’ve pondered all spring as I work in my own garden. The garden seems to be the only thing that soothes my soul this spring, and yet, in my career, I, like many of you,…

In memoriam: Harper Gianna Secrest

Below is my daughter, Megan’s, eulogy for her baby, Harper Gianna Secrest, who was born on April 20, 2018, at 4:24 a.m., and passed away at 4:25 a.m. Robert and Megan wanted to preserve Harper’s eulogy from the funeral here. I’ve closed the comments, but we appreciate everyone’s prayers and kindness toward our family during this…

Of love and late-summer flowers

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about love and late-summer flowers. I’m not sure what brought on these musings, but I think it may have something to do with turning the big double nickel last week. I’m a late-summer flower myself. I’m also helping my mother sell her home and move into independent living, letting…

Caterpillar rescue

Late summer is butterfly season at Little Cedar. It’s also caterpillar rescue season. As you probably already know, Monarch butterflies are in trouble, and I believe it’s backyard and community gardeners who will eventually save the day. At least that’s what I tell myself as I bring Monarch eggs and tiny caterpillars indoors every day….

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. The prognosticators predicted rain all week,…

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 for their garden or lack of plant-growing…

Rain-soaked garden

Most of Oklahoma got rain night before last. The rain-soaked garden woke up yesterday morning to singing birds, crawling caterpillars and me stalking it with my camera. There is nothing more pleasurable than spring in an Oklahoma garden, except, maybe fall, but spring is being extra good to us this year. Rain in Oklahoma is cause…