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...

Pieter de Leur tulip-imp

Buy bulbs now before it’s too late

Consider this your bulb-buying reminder, nay warning. Now is the time to buy bulbs to plant for fall. If you want tulips, daffodils, purple hyacinths, blue chionodoxa, fritillaria in cream, orange, yellow or even dusky purple, you need to order now. Otherwise, you’ll be sad in November when you...

Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe' is one fine pollinator plant, but I haven't seen very many pollinators this year.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: August

Did you ever wonder where the term, the “Dog Days of August” came from? Do you suppose it refers to hot weather and a general malaise? Well, sort of. The Romans named the days from July 23 through August 23 for the dog star, Sirius. Romans feared these days so much that they did...

Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff'

August Garden Observations

Remember all that hurrying and scurrying we did from late February to June? Well, the dog days of August are here, and because I don’t have to work so hard, I’ve had time to make a few August garden observations. 1. Weeds never leave. Sure, once things heat up,...