Summer

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...

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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....

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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...

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Plant lilies for summer garden drama

Want some drama in the summer garden? Why don’t you plant some lilies this year? You say you’re scared of lilies? Don’t be. Though they look exotic, lilies are pretty easy to grow. In Oklahoma, the genus Lilium is almost foolproof grown in sandy soil. If you have clay,...

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Favorite perennials from Bustani Plant Farm

A couple of weeks ago, I ran up to Stillwater to visit Bustani Plant Farm, which as you know, is my favorite nursery. I had a lovely time, and I bought a lot of plants. Where do I put them all? Shrug. It’s a big garden–about an acre and...

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Ornamental gardens are forgiving

Ornamental gardens are forgiving, and mine has certainly had a lot to forgive this year. The garden’s slump started with my trip to Houston in April for work followed by another trip to England in May with Bill. Great fun, but traveling put me behind the eight ball. Then, I went...

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Visiting Eudora Welty’s House and Garden

Last week, Bill, Claire and I took an epic road trip vacation, and on our way home, we visited Eudora Welty’s house and garden. Our visit was a fluke. It only happened because Carol Michel from May Dreams Gardens noted we were in Jackson, MS. She suggested–nay, insisted–we visit....

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