Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day: Obedient Plant

In spring, I rip you out of the ground, but your roots, they hide like Paris sewage rats only to emerge when the earth is hard for pulling. You resemble a boyfriend I once had, handsome in his big dance finery tentacled roots later on that long night. Like...

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Thoughts and Other Beautiful Things

One of gardening’s great blessings is the peace it affords the gardener. When problems weigh upon me like an anvil, I open the French doors and walk outside. My shoes step onto the path with a satisfying crunch, and after a few moments of wandering here and there; deadheading...

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The Lazy, Crazy Days of Late Summer

There’s a frenetic energy in the garden now. When I open the gate, the air is abuzz. With their voracious appetites, caterpillars munch to attain maximum girth before pupating. Adult Monarchs gather strength before continuing on their journey to Mexico. Where only weeks ago, the bees, wasps, hummingbird moths...

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Great Garden Standbys

Orignally published in the Spring 2008 OHS Horticulture Horizons newsletter. As avid gardeners, we search out the newest and best each spring, and we are tantalized by those plants with large advertising budgets: the “new and improved” hybrids, some of which do great here; others, quickly die. For example:...

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What Does a Red Dirt Girl Do When It Rains?

If it rains for three days straight with no signs of stopping anytime soon, she goes up the road to Sealed With a Kiss for a knitting class. SWAK is one of the coolest yarn shops around, and Sherry is one of the most patient instructors. The fact that...

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Going for the Gold

I’ve reached a new level of garden craziness from which I may never return. This morning, before the sun completely broke the horizon into pink and blue hues, I was up and outside in my nightgown taking photos. The newly mowed grass stuck to my damp feet like green...

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August Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day Brings Rain

On this August 15th, we’ve had rain showers for two straight days with more rain headed our way. As Oklahoma gardeners, it seems our fate to always have too much of everything. August usually brings that in the form of too much heat and sun, but after Pam’s lovely...

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