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New Rosa 'Darcey Bussell' rose for the Mary garden.

Speaking of tough roses

A couple of weeks ago, I spoke at Roses, Inc. Green Country in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, a suburb of Tulsa, one of my favorite towns. Speaking about tough roses for the Oklahoma landscape, makes me think of all the roses I’ve loved and grown here. It is a wonderful...

One of my yellow baptisias. I don't know the cultivar.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day May 2014

Good morning everyone! It’s that time again. Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is upon us. A special thank you to Carol Michel was hosting us yet again on her blog. Looking back over past bloom days, I see that I usually write about roses. Not this year. Spring has been...


The roses took a beating

As I go about my spring chores in the garden, I’ve looked at my roses with much dismay. They aren’t well. The damage is so bad I pondered whether they have Rose Rosette Disease although I haven’t seen the characteristic foliage on any roses that remain in my garden....

Crocus vernus 'Jeanne d'Arc'

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, March 2014

Welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, March 2014. From 2012, I can see we are behind schedule. I guess I didn’t write a post for March 2013. Is anyone surprised we’re moving in slow motion after the winter we had? Snow, snow and more snow. Our weather is only...

One more from Bustani Plant Farm.

Fantastic plant combos of 2013

The end of the year usually marks a roundup of posts. However, this year, I thought I would change things up a bit. Let’s look instead at a series of fantastic plant combos. I mean, we’re in the depths of winter, but the Winter Solstice is past. The days...

Salvia argentea, silver sage, I added to the garden last spring covered with frost.

Autumn arrives with a frosty kiss

Autumn arrived at RDR this morning with a kiss from icy lips. A cold front with rain barreled through the center of the state making the roses shudder and wave their petals about in the swirling winds. This morning is chilly, and the Queens of May like it not....