Like Tap, our chocolate Lab, I've been thinking deep thoughts. Doesn't he look like king of all he surveys.

In the cold, dark days of winter….

Good morning friends. It’s 18F degrees outside, but in my log cabin, all is cozy and warm. I hope that all of you are doing well in this brand new year. By the way, doesn’t Tap look like king of all he surveys? I caught him gazing off in the distance yesterday....

Cardinal on red chair in the snow. Red birds in the snow

Red birds in the snow

In much of Oklahoma, we woke up to a surprise snowfall this morning. The weather forecasters thought we would get rain. It may be rain, but it’s frozen. All the better to show off red birds in the snow against dark branches. Traffic was slow going, and accidents were...

Rosa 'Carefree Beauty' against an old fence in my back garden.

Gifts for Gardeners: The British Book Edition

British garden books are a whole different flavor from American ones. I think the ones below would make great gifts for any gardener on your list. These books are my current British favorites. Some I was sent through the American arm of their publisher while others I purchased for myself....

Begonia blooming in the greenhouse. Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day: December

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: December

Oklahoma is cloudy and wet on this December Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day hosted each month by Carol Michel at May Dreams Gardens. Cold is supposed to return tomorrow. Oh joy. Each morning for the last two weeks, I woke to mostly gray skies and fog. This advection fog is an...

Cover of Digging Deep

Cyber book party and giveaway for Digging Deep

I’m honored that Fran Sorin asked RDR to be part of her cyber book party and giveaway for the 10th Anniversary and re-release of her ground-breaking book, Digging Deep. We have prizes galore for this book party. Last week, I gave away Haven Brand manure tea–also part of this...

Cover of A Garden to Dry For by Chris McLaughlin. Cover used with permission by St. Lynn's Press.

Gifts for gardeners: American book edition

Wondering what gift to buy your gardener for Christmas this year? I have some great gift book ideas for you. This was a banner year for garden books, so I’m writing this post and a second British edition later next week. Of the books sent to me this year, these...


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,...