Garden temptation

Consider this post, chock-full of eye candy, your garden temptation for the week. Grow something. You see, I really want you to grow something. I don’t care how you grow. You can grow on a patio, balcony or deck. Grow plants in raised beds as in my cutting garden or potager or in-ground, but if…

Problem plants

In my garden, there are four or five real problem plants. I have other interlopers, but the following natives and non-natives are really bad actors in my leaf-mold enriched soil. Note: most natives can be kept in check if you don’t water much and have lean, sandy soil. My garden’s natural soil is red sand…

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…

Return to paradise

A week ago Sunday, we drove in from Tomball and Sugar Land, Texas and returned to paradise. I spoke in both locations which was tons of fun. Loved meeting all the members of the Sugar Land Garden Club and discussing how to attract twenty-thirty somethings to their club. I’m writing an article on the same topic this week….

Annuals are flashy garden accessories

If perennials are the little black dresses of the garden world, then annuals are gardening’s flashy accessories. They bring color to our lives. They brighten up shady spots. They bloom their entire seasons, cool or warm, with very little help from us. Please don’t leave annuals out of your planting design. They are full of color your…

Ten plants to replace climbing roses

Here are ten plants to replace climbing roses removed because of Rose Rosette Disease. I know some rosarians don’t think you need to remove afflicted roses, but I’m following the science at Oklahoma State University’s Cooperative Extension Service and other information I’ve studied. Like so many life decisions, what to do is complicated. Climbers were the first roses hit here,…

Why grow that when you can grow this?

Why Grow That When You Can Grow This?: 255 Extraordinary Alternatives to Everyday Problem Plants is Andrew Keys’ new book, and when I read the title, I was intrigued. Andrew is a friend, a smart one, and I figured anything he wrote would be good. I’m pleased to say, it’s better than good. It’s excellent. After…

Almost Indian Summer

Whether it was actually the beginng of a true Indian Summer, or just a frost a couple of nights ago, is still up for debate. Indian Summer is defined as warm temperatures after cold snap–like a freeze–and we certainly had some cold. Parts of Oklahoma got the full freeze effect, but I apparently did not….

Welcome to the jungle

Gaze with me outside my kitchen window. Do you see Cousin Itt from the Addams Family instead of the iron arbor gate to my back garden? I certainly do. The morning glories are taking over my world, and I hear the driving beat of an electric guitar whenever I venture out to weed. Guns N’…