'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,...

Pesticide Free Zone sign--after seeing this, all of the bloggers who garden for habitat and pollinators wanted one.

Stories from the Garden Bloggers Fling: Chickadee Gardens

If your mind is still a blur from all the sensory input even two weeks later, how would you write the stories of the Garden Bloggers Fling? First, we’ll start with some facts: This year the fling was in Portland, a gardener blogger paradise. Three full days of glorious garden touring. We went to...

Eucomis 'Oakhurst' pineapple lily closeup

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: July

I got home last night at Midnight after a seven-day journey first to Boise, Idaho for a visit with Mary Ann Newcomer and then to Portland, Oregon, for Garden Bloggers Fling. I am weary. I almost posted one tomato blossom for this July Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Almost. There’s something about...