Rudbeckia maxima

Back to our regularly scheduled program

We just returned from two trips scheduled back-to-back. We didn’t do this madness on purpose. Bill had a convention, and the other trip to Kill Devil Hills could only be taken last week. I love vacation, but I’m also glad to be home. The garden missed me. Rain stopped...

Shade garden--Red Dirt Ramblings (1 of 1)

Perennial gardens love rainy days

Perennial gardens love rainy days, but the vegetables, tropicals and annuals, not so much. The tropical plants are shivering in their little holes. I keep telling them to hang on. It will get hot again. My garden has had over sixteen inches of rain in the last few weeks. I started...

The back garden at daybreak.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: Welcome Sweet May

The rains of April and May have been good for Oklahoma gardens, and mine is no different this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Welcome Sweet May in all your floriferous glory. I will not take you for granted. I will not complain about soggy soil. Hot and dry July will...

Rosa 'Abraham Darby' in the border on the East side of the house. --Dee Nash--Red Dirt Ramblings

Roses I have left and Mother’s Day

The roses I have left are putting on quite a show. All this rain Oklahoma is receiving in April and May makes the garden glad to grow. Birds are singing. Bees are humming, and I saw a baby damselfly this morning on an iris. He or she got away before...

Peony with bumblebee

Irises, peonies and roses light up May Day

Good morning everyone and Happy May Day! It’s beautiful in sunny Oklahoma. Rain fell in April, and there’s more forecast for this month. Hallelujah! Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and those old-fashioned favorites: irises, peonies and roses light up my garden this May Day. How about yours? I...

Purple chairs with Ruby Slippers hydrangea and Rocket Orange barberry

Early garden mistakes often linger

Early on, when I was a young gardener, I made a lot of mistakes–truth told, I still do. The unpredictability of climate and plant performance are part of my endless fascination with all things growing. Sadly, these errors in judgment often linger for years before I get around to fixing them. Some...

Acer palmatum 'Shindeshojo' on the north side of my garage.

There is magic in the garden this spring

There is magic in the garden this spring, but there are no magic formulas to achieve such beauty. Gardening is hard work. Cutting back perennials, weeding, improving the soil and transplanting are all steps to achieving this alchemy. I planted six shrubs yesterday, two Hydrangea paniculata Quick Fire® and three H. paniculata Little...