Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: Container Madness

Thanks to our friend, Carol of May Dreams Gardens, all garden bloggers have a once-a-month chance to show off what’s blooming in our gardens.  Carol was inspired by Elizabeth Lawrence (one of my favorite garden writers), when Miss Lawrence wrote that “e can have flowers nearly every month of...

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Dear Friends and Gardeners Week Six

Dear Carol and Mary Ann, I’m a bit late with my letter this evening.  We had an Easter soiree with thirty members of our family at my house today.  Also, thunderstorms flashing with lightning blasted through the state last night, and my Internet connection was down all day.  I...

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Which Roses Best Weathered the Late Freeze?

Today, my garden is a test garden.  Every since last week’s late freeze, our temps have been up and down with no moisture except what little irrigation I’ve provided. These conditions created an interesting environment.  This is observation only, and I’m no scientist.  However, every morning since the freeze,...

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Accentuate the positive

Mr. Freeze came and went and with him also went most of the leaves on my Japanese maples.  Even covered, at 25F, it was just too cold for them.  Perhaps, if this happens next year, I’ll string Christmas lights under the sheets and save the foliage.  It’s a thought....

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Dear Friends and Gardeners, Week Five

Dear Ones, As I write this, the wind is howling around the corner of my oh, so, cozy kitchen, rattling the windowpanes.  After an 80F degree day yesterday, last night, another nasty Canadian cold front snuck across the Oklahoma border.  The forecasters are again talking about snow for the...

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Ah, Springtime in Oklahoma

Today, I am very cranky.  If you don’t want to read further, I completely understand. “Why?” you ask. Well, central Oklahoma had another freeze last night, and what wasn’t frozen was heavily frosted a la winter birthday cake.  For Pete’s sake, it’s April 3rd already, and I live in...

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Feel the Burn

Last week’s freeze damage is just now starting to show. I didn’t cover this Japanese maple located in the front bed because I thought it was close enough to the house and had plenty of protection. Another variety, ‘Crimson Queen,’ nearby sustained no damage, but this one was badly...

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