Winter

Smiling through winter, an update

After last week’s post, I implemented my seven ways to smile through winter plan. This quiet season covers at least five months of the year in Oklahoma so smiling through winter is vital. Like Demeter, we gardeners pine for Persephone until she returns from Hades, and green shoots push forth from...

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Seven ways to smile through winter

It’s only mid-January, and I’ve reached winter’s crying time. You think I’m being overly dramatic? I’m not. Usually, I reach this stage mid-February right after Valentine’s Day, but crying time came early this year. In one week, Oklahoma had a snowstorm, an ice storm and copious rain. Don’t panic....

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A bevy of backyard birds

Bill and I were standing in the living room at the back window gazing outside as our son walked by. “What on Earth are you two doing?” he asked. “Watching birds,” we said, in unison. Bill and I then turned and grinned at each other. I added, “It’s what old...

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, January

The only things blooming at RDR in January are those in my indoor garden: amaryllis, hyacinths, daffodils and lily of the valley, to name a few. This living menagerie is enough to get me through winter. As I wrote last week, blooming plants beat the winter blues. I started forcing hyacinths...

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Blooming plants beat the winter blues

I don’t know how you feel about winter, but if you’ve read RDR in the last eight years, you know it’s not my favorite season. That’s an understatement. Oklahoma skies are gray and bleak throughout January and February, which can give a red dirt girl the winter blues. I see...

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: Christmas Flowers

December Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is all about Christmas Flowers at RDR. While waiting for the big day, I’ve been decorating and using some of my favorite Christmas flowers like amaryllis in my color scheme. This year, I’ve focused upon pink, white, red and green. For other amaryllis colors,...

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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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