'Chickasaw' compact crapemyrtle with honeybee. Can you see how full her pollen sacks are?

Planting fall-blooming flowers for pollinators

What should you plant for pollinators to bloom during the late show–that short or long time period between hot, hot days and the first freeze? Worked into this post are my favorite fall-blooming flowers for pollinators. Many of these were chosen specifically to extend the bloom season as long as...

Talavera pumpkins and other fall decorations. | Red Dirt Ramblings-2

Fall front door decor

Fall is a time of renewal in southern gardens. It’s also a time to change your front door decor. Foliage color changes, cool weather plants like pansies, asters and mums, less intense sun, and cooler mornings make any gardener in a hot climate sigh with relief. When I hired landscaping help...

Closeup of Gaura lindheimeri 'Kleau04263' Belleza

Wildflower Wednesday Gaura

On this Wildflower Wednesday, I want to promote the sweet genus gaura. G. coccinea, Scarlet beeblossom, is native to many states. Other species of gaura are native to the southern U.S., but there are also gaura selections and hybrids sold in nurseries and box stores. I grow several “improved” selections of this native...

Rain Chain up close.

Rain chains are jewelry for your gutters

A few years ago I installed a rain chain right outside my kitchen window where I write each morning. As I hung it, I thought how much it looked like jewelry for my gutters–like delicate earrings for the home. A few weeks ago, Rain Chains Direct asked me to review one of their...

Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Mesa Bright Bicolor' blanket flower.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, September 2014

It’s the 15th of the month, and you know what that means. Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is shared all over the planet and hosted at May Dreams Gardens. If you’ve never participated, just jump right in. We’d love to see what’s growing in your part of the world. Here, in USDA...

'New Dawn' roses once covered the back arbor and fence.

Ten plants to replace climbing roses

Here are ten plants to replace climbing roses removed because of Rose Rosette Disease. I know some rosarians don’t think you need to remove afflicted roses, but I’m following the science at Oklahoma State University’s Cooperative Extension Service and other information I’ve studied. Like so many life decisions, what to do is complicated....

'Cl. Old Blush' on an arbor in what was the original entrance to my vegetable garden, but now in the center of things.

Four more roses bite the dust

I mentioned recently on the Oklahoma Women Bloggers blog that ‘Cl. Old Blush’ had Rose Rosette Virus (RRV). I don’t mean to harp on this subject, but gardening isn’t always just sunshine and bluebirds. I wish it were, but that would be heaven, not planet Earth. Since my son...