Benzakein with Julie Chai. Book Giveaway

Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden Book Giveaway

Guess what! I’m doing another book giveaway with the help of Chronicle Books and Erin Benzakein of Floret Farm.  I love Erin’s work. Don’t know Erin? Well, where have you been? She’s an extremely popular flower farmer, cut-flower style setter, mother, seed purveyor, and so much more. Erin’s Instagram account boasts 389,000...

Dee Nash with Gilmore hose and daffodils

A Fiskars garden tool giveaway!!!

When I posted about February garden chores last week, I mentioned a Fiskars garden tool giveaway. I finally got the photos ready, and now I can share it with you. I wrote for Fiskars for several years until I wrote my book, The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down...

Pulling daylily foliage away from plants.

February garden chores: bit by bit

February has decided it’s March, and so the late winter season waltzes on into spring. Many years ago, I read Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott, wherein Lamott’s father told her the only way to accomplish anything–including writing a book–was “bird by bird.”...

A closeup of the blooms of an interspecific orchid hybrid. I love the yellow color too. So cheery on dark days.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: February indoor plant party

Sorry, I’m late to the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day party. I didn’t realize it was already mid-February. How could I miss it with Valentine’s Day right before? Well, everyone here has been sick since Christmas. That’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it. There’s so much blooming in my...

Red double-decker bus and London cab with the Union Jack flying overhead.

Travelogue: London

It is dark and dreary in Oklahoma this morning so of course, my thoughts turned to London. The photo, above, is one of my all-time favorites from our trip. Bill and I set off almost every evening on our own, and we had a couple of free days to...

My hyacinths on the windowsill bring me happiness and joy.

Smiling through winter, an update

After last week’s post, I implemented my seven ways to smile through winter plan. This quiet season covers at least five months of the year in Oklahoma so smiling through winter is vital. Like Demeter, we gardeners pine for Persephone until she returns from Hades, and green shoots push forth from...

Forcing lily of the valley is a great way to smile through winter.

Seven ways to smile through winter

It’s only mid-January, and I’ve reached winter’s crying time. You think I’m being overly dramatic? I’m not. Usually, I reach this stage mid-February right after Valentine’s Day, but crying time came early this year. In one week, Oklahoma had a snowstorm, an ice storm and copious rain. Don’t panic....