Wild Weather

Growing plants in the greenhouse

Have you ever wanted a greenhouse? Most obsessive gardeners do, and who could blame them? Growing plants in a greenhouse is one of those exquisite pleasures Victorian gardeners understood. A greenhouse or sunroom full of plants gets a gardener through the cold, dark days of winter. This is the third winter...

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Snow Play

In Oklahoma today, we’re in the midst of snow play. Bear is testing the snow now to see if it’s the good sledding kind. I’m betting it is. I’ll join her as soon as I write this post. In recent years, Oklahoma has had more snow than I remember from the...

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Red birds in the snow

In much of Oklahoma, we woke up to a surprise snowfall this morning. The weather forecasters thought we would get rain. It may be rain, but it’s frozen. All the better to show off red birds in the snow against dark branches. Traffic was slow going, and accidents were...

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: December

Oklahoma is cloudy and wet on this December Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day hosted each month by Carol Michel at May Dreams Gardens. Cold is supposed to return tomorrow. Oh joy. Each morning for the last two weeks, I woke to mostly gray skies and fog. This advection fog is an...

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With rain, the garden grows

This year, I am reminded that gardening is so much easier when the sun doesn’t overwhelm plants suffering from drought. With a little rain, the garden grows in beauty and grace. The last three years Oklahoma suffered with high temperatures and terrible drought, not as terrible as California, but bad enough. Even...

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Before the spring freeze

Will it freeze tonight? In our house, we always say, “Is the Pope Catholic?” Yes, it’s going to freeze. Before the projected cold front robbed my garden of its spring grandeur, I took some pictures in the snow. I want to share the heartbreak that is often a prairie...

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Spring is a fast-moving train of garden goodness

We just finished winter–I hope–and now spring has decided to come on like a fast-moving train. At 1:00 p.m., it’s 72F with a forecasted high of 81F. Sounds lovely, but it’s also ten degrees too hot for this early in the year. At this rate, my lettuce won’t have...

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