My Gardens

Below are my gardens. This is a quick tour around our property from the camera eye’s point of view. Click on the photos in the galleries to enlarge them. Oh, and the potager has its own page if you want to look at it.

I had some help with the front borders in 2010.  I couldn’t move all those boulders, and I love, love, love the hollies. Also, in the front garden are three Japanese maples, an Acer palmatum ‘Viridis’, A. palmatum var. dissectum ‘Crimson Queen’ and one that I’m not sure the name of. It was put in by the man who helped me with the front borders. Yes, you can grow Japanese maples in Oklahoma. It’s all about location, location, location, along with which varieties you choose.

The first garden I grew faced the front street. Part of it is now the potager. Between the potager and the street bed is my greenhouse we put up in 2012. We built it from a kit. It wasn’t easy to get everything lined up so that the vents would open and close.

The tiered borders on the back of the house.

The back garden over the years. I started this blog in 2007. Most of these photos are from 2011-2014. Rose Rosette Disease  claimed many of my roses so where a rose is marked as lost, that is probably the cause.

Sometimes I stand in the back garden and look up toward the house.

There is also a rose border on the other side of the deck, which I showed in one of the galleries, above.

34 Replies to “My Gardens”

  1. Hi Dee,

    I just looked over your gardens. I’m in love! What a beautiful oasis. What part of Oklahoma are you in? I live in OKC and dream of amending my red clay enough to have a garden even close to yours.


    1. Hi Jerri, thank you. I live north and east of Oklahoma City in Logan County. We own 7.5 acres out in the country. Edmond and Guthrie are both creeping our way. I wish they would stop. Ha! With red clay, I always suggest building up the soil for drainage. In other words, I would build raised beds or berm a particular bed with sandy and amended soil. These help with drainage. I’ve had clay soil, and it’s a lot of work. Good luck!

  2. Just so wonderful to see the MAGIC you have done with your red dirt!! OMG! LOVE your borders and your beds! tripped over your blog looking up a daylily – and I am smiling! keep up the great work – I will ‘visit’ again! thanks!!

    1. Why, Kim, thank you so much. It’s nice to get a compliment. I really appreciate you coming by, and I hope you’ll stop by again. I love daylilies. THey are such fun.

  3. Dee I found your blog and am LOVING your gorgeous garden! Its so nice to meet others with the same passion for gardening.Please stop over and chat sometime I know I will be visiting you again soon,thanks.Deidre

  4. I have a Tamukeyama that I am pondering where to plant. I was going to plant it in a small japanese garden to replace a weeping redbud that I lost in our drought last summer, but I noticed it seems to be rapidly losing color sitting there. That might be normal-I don’t know. Do you have yours in shade? I used to get more sun there, but it is between two very large trees which are getting larger and only gets a few hours while it is directly overhead and filtered or shade the rest of the time. Also, I noticed it looked like yours was getting very wide. I thought it was more of an upright tree. The garden is slightly bermed and sits around a “disappearing waterfall” that we built. It would be situated about 8-10 inches above the rest of the yard, part way up the berm.
    Would that be a problem? Would an inabe shidare go green in those conditions?

    1. Gosh Cheryl, I wish I could help you, but this is a pretty complicated matter. My ‘Tamukyama’ Japanese maple is located where it gets morning sun and afternoon shade. It is one of the cultivars which doesn’t mind quite a bit of sun. Yours may be losing its color because your soil is very fertile. Over-fertilization can cause red Japanese maples to turn more green. Mine is pretty wide. I’ve found that bermed trees don’t do as well as those planted into the ground. Their roots get too cold. I have one in front which is bermed and is very unhappy much of the time. Hope I helped.

  5. Dee,
    Your place is beautiful!I noticed from your pictures your vegies are mulched with wood chips. How is that working? We are considering using wood chips this year for vegetable garden mulch and wondered of its effectiveness here in Oklahoma. We live north of Tulsa.

    1. Mari, yes, I did use pine bark mulch on those beds. Make sure it’s doesn’t have pesticides. It works here because most of our soil is so alkaline. You should do a soil test though to be certain. Good luck with the veggie garden this spring.

  6. Oh my Dee! This is a visual treat! Lovely!
    Also, I like the new format. It makes for easy access to your writings. I have enjoyed the tour today!

  7. Dee I just found this page and wow was it worth it!!

    Your garden is amazingly beautiful, from the Potagers to all the beds, just gorgeous and so inspirational. Next time my mum is over, a very keen gardener, I am going to make the trip to see you, she would love your hard work!

    Sarah, thank you. You and your mum are welcome anytime. I’d love to get some face time with you both.~~Dee

  8. You have given me the go ahead to plant some more in my beds. I was thinking maybe I shouldn’t crowd in the plants but yours look wonderful. Of course I have to be mindful of our dry hot winds in the panhandle. Love your blog.

  9. Wow Dee! That’s about all I can say is Wow! Except, can I come live with you? It looks like paradise to me.

    Thanks Dana, you can come weed. 🙂 ~~Dee

  10. Just wonderful Dee! You’ve made such a lovely garden. I love getting a bit more of a feeling for the big picture.

    Thanks Leslie, I wanted to give an idea of the whole thing. It’s hard, but I tried.~~Dee

  11. Hello, jealous!

    LOVE your sturdy potager beds. 🙂 Thanks for putting up the big tour!

    Thank you Katie. I’m enjoying the potager with its giant containers. 🙂 ~~Dee

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