Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline'

Sow a cutting garden

I used to read about cutting gardens in magazines, and while I was attracted to the idea, I felt overwhelmed at implementing it. Creating a cutting garden seemed difficult and out of reach. Maybe I had too many responsibilities like college, marriage and raising children. I could only manage a small...

PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workbook, Think Lke A Gardner eBook

Photographing the late summer garden

Good morning Sunshines! We’re going to do something a little different today on RDR. Saxon Holt is one of my favorite people and an extraordinary photographer. I am astounded by his work, and I think you will be too. Below is a guest post Saxon wrote for RDR’s readers on garden...

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus) on passalong Phlox paniculata.

Garden editing, i.e. weeding

Late summer is the season of garden editing especially in a year with consistent rain and moderate temperatures. Consistent rain and moderate temperatures in Oklahoma? Yes, indeed. The summer of 2015 reminds me of the summers of my youth. There’s heat, but only a few days over 100F, and it’s rained...

Fritillary butterfly facing me on a Zinnia elegans.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: Pollinator Buffet

When you plan your garden in early February, what do you consider most important? Do you want fresh vegetables, fruit, flowers, or a mix of each? Do you think only of what you want, or do you also consider the pollinators that will, or won’t be stopping at your...

Purple chairs with American honeysuckle in August 2015.

Summer gardening sighs into August

Do you find it difficult to write about summer gardening? I do. I feel the same way about summer after July 4th that I do about winter after December 25th. I love the two holidays, but the weather tends to get worse after each. Summer in Oklahoma isn’t any...

Sunflower with bumblebee; Summer flowers for summer heat

Summer flowers for summer heat

July temperatures are above normal today, but it is the middle of an Oklahoma summer so I’m not surprised. This post started out as one for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, but I missed the 15th so now it’s about summer flowers for summer heat instead. You can’t go wrong with these tough beauties....

Hydrangea paniculata 'Little Lime' and Senorita Rosalita cleome

July garden chores

The page on the calendar has turned. It’s already July, which came in on a flood in Oklahoma. Today is gray, but I don’t mind. Gray skies bring cooler weather. July will be hot and humid soon so enjoy it while you can and get those July garden chores...