Growing amaryllis is easy

I like hippeastrum. What are hippeastrum you ask? We know them as amaryllis. When I write that I like them, I mean I’m a hipp-aholic. They brighten my house with their stately blooms before Christmas and after. Growing amaryllis is easy, and I want you to grow them too. Plus, thanks to Longfield Gardens, I get…

The roses took a beating

As I go about my spring chores in the garden, I’ve looked at my roses with much dismay. They aren’t well. The damage is so bad I pondered whether they have Rose Rosette Disease although I haven’t seen the characteristic foliage on any roses that remain in my garden. Remember, I shovel pruned those that…

Snow and a bluebird sighting

I’ve heard them for days. The male Eastern Bluebirds are on the march which means, in spite of the snow, spring isn’t far away. I caught one checking out our bluebird house when the dogs and I took a wintry stroll. The scouts are out and hunting so if you haven’t already, check your bluebird…

Hellebores from Oklahoma Gardener

Below is an article I wrote for Oklahoma Gardener in May, 2010, about hellebores. I thought you might enjoy it. The photos are from 2010 through 2012. At this moment, my hellebores are patiently waiting under comfy leaf piles for me to tend them. I simply haven’t had time. I’ve also written about hellebores here before….

How to force bulbs indoors

I was recently with a friend, Emma Jeffery from Hello Beautiful, and we started talking about how to force bulbs. Emma is originally from England, and she said, “Oh yes, Mum always did that. I did too.” She seemed genuinely surprised that in America we aren’t as likely to force bulbs. I told her I…

Time to talk about seeds

The seed catalogs arriving daily in our mailboxes and email inboxes are a sore temptation for a gardener especially when it’s cold outside. Google tells me Guthrie is a balmy 54F today, way up from the high of 10F we experienced only a few days ago. The clouds that have dogged us for days finally…

Fantastic plant combos of 2013

The end of the year usually marks a roundup of posts. However, this year, I thought I would change things up a bit. Let’s look instead at a series of fantastic plant combos. I mean, we’re in the depths of winter, but the Winter Solstice is past. The days are growing longer, and it’s time…

Puttering and potting up

Whew! I’ve been working steadily to get The 20-30 Something Garden Guide done, and writing, proofing, editing doesn’t leave much time for anything else, especially blogging. I miss you guys. I did write a post on the 20/30 Something blog if you want to go visit. Still, I had one day this week where I stepped…

Bulb forcing experiments

Yes, I know, it’s mid-fall, and here I am talking about forcing bulbs indoors. Well, now is the time. All bulbs except the Narcissus tazetta class and Hippeastrum (amaryllis) must be chilled for approximately twelve weeks, give or take, before you can force them on vase or in bowls–or any other container you’d like. Last…

New shrubs for 2013

In my heart of hearts, I’m a fair-weather gardener. I’d rather stay indoors when it’s too cold or too hot, but my weather doesn’t often cooperate. I sometimes fantasize about living in Hawaii where I would enjoy this very situation, but not for long. I sowed most of the seeds I’m starting indoors, and they…