I’m working on an article for Oklahoma Gardener magazine, and while going through my photos, I found these of my garden from last summer and summers past.
All I could think was, “Isn’t it romantic?”
[Click on pictures in the gallery to enlarge them.]
Cottage gardening that is. While cottage gardening is not the easiest gardening maintenance-wise, it sets my heart aflutter. There is something about the play of texture, color, and bloom that sings of summer and sunny English afternoons.
I’m afraid English cottage style gardening will always be my first and foremost type of gardening. English gardening with an Oklahoma accent that is.
My potager is my little French section of the garden although, in pictures, it appears Mediterranean style to me. Did you know the term potager which is both English and French comes from the word potage, meaning soup? It literally means soup garden. That always makes me smile because I love soup.
One of my most popular post is best and easiest vegetables to grow in Oklahoma. Sure, I grow vegetables and other types of plants. I write of adding more easy-care shrubs including native ones to replace roses, but I’m also still devoted to roses in spite of their needy ways. After all, irises, peonies and roses light up May Day. Last Saturday, I worked all day trimming back the roses in my tiered borders north of the back deck. Yes, I was stabbed a few times, but still, I enjoyed it all immensely. The weather was sunny and 64° after all. Today is in the low 30s, and we had ice yesterday and this morning. Then, we had rain that washed much of the ice away. This morning, the trees are all bare again.
As native son, Will Rogers, famously said, “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it’ll change.”
I’m not going to think about our winter weather. Instead, I’ll gaze upon the beauty of spring afternoons where blossoms were held aloft as if by garden fairies and dream of a time when there is no freezing weather, no stilted heat, only birdsong and bee laughter if only we could hear it.
What helps you get through winter? Thinking of spring and summer and buying seeds certainly helps me.