Garden work

Garden work Garden work is blessed work, but it’s still work. That’s why garden tasks are called chores. Last Sunday, in Oklahoma, we had a high of 68°F, so I worked my tail feathers off in the two beds facing the street. It was dirty, dusty and glorious. Why dusty? Oklahoma is in the midst…

Garden editing, i.e. weeding

Late summer is the season of garden editing especially in a year with consistent rain and moderate temperatures. Consistent rain and moderate temperatures in Oklahoma? Yes, indeed. The summer of 2015 reminds me of the summers of my youth. There’s heat, but only a few days over 100F, and it’s rained every few weeks throughout June, July…

More garden plans

On this rainy, nearly spring day, I’ve been sitting at my computer and having a big think. Was it Winnie the Pooh who used to sit and have a think? I can’t remember. Anyway, these are some of my current garden thoughts and plans. They include some things I want to do more of, and some I’d…

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: July

I got home last night at Midnight after a seven-day journey first to Boise, Idaho for a visit with Mary Ann Newcomer and then to Portland, Oregon, for Garden Bloggers Fling. I am weary. I almost posted one tomato blossom for this July Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Almost. There’s something about coming back from garden tours that…

Southern sand bur season is here

The grass is crunchy. Fires abound, and leaves are falling from the trees. Walking to get the mail at the end of the driveway has become an endurance test nearly worthy of the Olympics. We’ve been over 100F for awhile, but unlike last year, there are fewer days of hellish temperatures, and we’re seeing a…

That rainwashed feeling

A little rain stirs magic in a garden.  There is no doubt that ozone and rainwater are much better than an irrigation system no matter how good.  That’s why all garden magazines are in love with Portland, Oregon and parts of Washington State.  Who could blame them?  Plants glow from within.  It’s why Ireland always…

Work Day

Because we’ve had so much rain in the last three days (two inches) and such fine weather, today was a big-time work day in the red dirt.  The photo, above, is from some Zinnia haageana seed I received from Botanical Interests. I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed these little zinnias.  Each plant is…

Garden of Shame

Gail from Clay and Limestone had her Garden of Benign Neglect (which she rehabbed), but I think my mess is a bit more embarrassing.   At least hers looked like it was a mass of wildflower wonder instead of a grassy meadow surrounded by worn railroad ties. It’s a shame that I don’t love this…

The Weeds Sing

Hi there! Dee’s weeds again.  How have you gardeners been? If you remember, this time last year we wrote a post. This summer, we’ve written a song sung to the tune of “Where Have All the Flowers Gone.” We mean no disprespect, but we find our choice ironic.  Her Red Dirtness is always saying we’re…