Purple chairs with Ruby Slippers hydrangea and Rocket Orange barberry

Early garden mistakes often linger

Early on, when I was a young gardener, I made a lot of mistakes–truth told, I still do. The unpredictability of climate and plant performance are part of my endless fascination with all things growing. Sadly, these errors in judgment often linger for years before I get around to fixing them. Some...

Acer palmatum 'Shindeshojo' on the north side of my garage.

There is magic in the garden this spring

There is magic in the garden this spring, but there are no magic formulas to achieve such beauty. Gardening is hard work. Cutting back perennials, weeding, improving the soil and transplanting are all steps to achieving this alchemy. I planted six shrubs yesterday, two Hydrangea paniculata Quick Fire® and three H. paniculata Little...

Blooms are fairly sparse in my fall garden.

Native shrubs to replace roses

What do you do when the shrub you based your entire English-cottage-style garden upon dies? The rose, that fair-blossomed beauty, fell prey to an ugly disease which we’ve discussed here before, Rose Rosette Virus. You might begin to invest heavily in new native shrubs, choosing hardiness and diversity for your...

Magnoia 'Jane'

And, so the garden season begins

With a flourish, Spring opens her petals and waves her branches in a cheery hello. Even today’s cloudy skies can’t dim her enthusiasm. And, so the garden season begins. The fruit trees are gorgeous this year. Must be all that winter rain and snow. We’re still in a drought, but at...

Orange Rocket barberry in the lower garden with rain.

More garden plans

On this rainy, nearly spring day, I’ve been sitting at my computer and having a big think. Was it Winnie the Pooh who used to sit and have a think? I can’t remember. Anyway, these are some of my current garden thoughts and plans. They include some things I want...

Tommies up close (1 of 1)

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day–March and spring plans

In Oklahoma, there’s not much blooming this March for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day hosted by Carol of May Dreams Gardens. Normally, by now I’d have tulips starting, along with the early daffodils, but that late winter blast of cold, snow and ice set things back. We saw nearly the same...

Tap eating snow and enjoying the weather. He could play out in it all day.

Snow Play

In Oklahoma today, we’re in the midst of snow play. Bear is testing the snow now to see if it’s the good sledding kind. I’m betting it is. I’ll join her as soon as I write this post. In recent years, Oklahoma has had more snow than I remember from the...