Keeyla Meadows garden

Have you ever visited an artist’s garden?

One of Keeyla's cool statues of women.
One of Keeyla’s cool statues of women.

During the summer of hell in 2011, the OHS tour featured the gardens of local artists. That tour remains one of my favorites. I find artists’ gardens full of inspiration. I love the use of color and playful shapes to create the artist’s vision.

I’ve written about Keeyla Meadows before. Her garden announces her vision before you even step up to her door. Vivid colors, multiple shapes and a mix of flowers and leaves combine to make your visit one of eye-popping delight.

Petunia against a hot pink fence in Keeyla's garden. This petunia may be 'Fancy Dress.' I grow it too.
Petunia against a hot pink fence in Keeyla’s garden. This petunia may be ‘Fancy Dress.’ I grow it too.

From her books, I knew there would be color. What I didn’t expect was how the color worked with the mixed media Keeyla creates. I found myself wanting to pack her containers in my suitcase. I doubt she wants to part with them, but a girl can wish. Keeyla’s mixed media were evident throughout the garden in walls, pots, pathways and raised beds. At the back of the garden was her studio. I think creative people desire a studio the same way a car restorer wants his/her own garage. A place away from everyone in which to do our work.

Just so you know, I write in my kitchen, the hub of the house. Don’t weep for me Argentina. I like it that way. A cup of tea, or a snack is only a couple of feet away.

I'm ashamed to say I covet this striped container. It would look grand in my garden too.
I’m ashamed to say I covet this striped container. It would look grand in my garden too.

I’ll let the pictures talk for Keeyla’s garden from here on. We were there at the height of a summer day so the light isn’t the best. Still, the garden shines and filled to the brim with beauty.

Keeyla's pink house with aqua trim.
Keeyla’s pink house with aqua trim.
Vegetables and fruit in a raised bed made of concrete with a corrugated edge.
Vegetables and fruit in a raised bed made of concrete with a corrugated edge.
One of Keeyla's pots. She makes these and then coordinates flowers to go with them.
One of Keeyla’s pots. She makes these and then coordinates flowers to go with them.

 

Visiting a good blogger friend

Life is full of serendipitous moments. You answer a call out on Twitter, and suddenly, you’re having coffee with some of the nicest Oklahoma bloggers out there. A year or two later, you ask one of them, a gardener, if she’d mind you taking photos of her. You’ve become good friends through Facebook, Twitter, email etc., and she says yes.

Marie next to her garden.
Marie next to her garden.

So, lucky me, I got to visit Marie’s animal menagerie and veggie garden. Where else would guinea hens, chickens, a gaggle of geese, a beautiful paint horse called Chanta, a blue and gold Macaw named Pacino and a teenaged buffalo named Chunk-Hi, but called Chunk, all live happily together? At the Lazy W Ranch, of course! Marie is supremely good at keeping everyone happy.

Marie with Pacino, the Macaw, who is love with her.
Marie with Pacino, the Macaw, who is love with her.

There are even llamas, a mommy, a daddy, and baby makes three.

Mama and baby llama
Mama and baby llama

Marie interviewed me and wrote about our adventure on her lovely, fun and eclectic blog. She is a true Oklahoma girl, an artist, well versed in the Sooner State. I also discovered Marie is Pottawatomie. I have some Cherokee from my maternal great-grandmother too. You almost can’t hail from Oklahoma without a bit of tribal blood running through your veins. Maybe we have a little red dirt in there too.

Marie made smoothies with watermelon, cantaloupe, honey and mint. Yum. We also ate boiled eggs from her hens. There is nothing like eggs from your own chickens.

Marie making small talk and smoothies.
Marie making small talk and smoothies.

We finished our visit with a trip to Tony’s Tree Plantation. I rarely get out there because it’s so far south. I bought a couple of coleus I don’t have–couldn’t resist–along with a variegated canna for one of the containers on the deck. In a week or so, I’m going to take pics as Marie and a friend capture a wild bee swarm. She’s stopping by here too before a beekeeper meeting. She may entice me to keep honeybees too. You never know. Isn’t life exciting?

My friend, Marie
My friend, Marie.

Writing a book is hard. Laughing and talking with Marie was a respite from my self-enforced, daily word count. I feel recharged today, and that’s a very good thing. You never know where the roads of social media will take you. On the news, we hear about the bad, but I’m telling you the Internet takes good care of me. Just make sure you know the person well before you meet them. Oh, and since I don’t date that helps too. LOL!

Life is full of serendipity. Don’t forget to grab the gold ring when you can.