For Those of You Still With Me

As you may have noticed the site has been up and down all week, a metaphor for my week in general.  ASW and I have had a stomach virus which is still lingering.  I’m dealing with site issues, and I’m trying to leave town for the Garden Writers Syposium...

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I Want My . . . I Want My GTV!

My apologies to Dire Straits. “G” may be for Garden, but apparently HGTV hasn’t learned its ABCs. A disturbing trend of Home and Garden Television is its continued emphasis on the home; selling/buying or remodeling (as if any of that truly spoke of “home”) at the expense of any...

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Rural Oklahoma Backroads

So, I ask you, why was I out this morning in my ratty tatty shorts, an OU Professional Writing t-shirt, and my Nikon D40X slung around my neck? I’m sure that I looked pretty funny awful to the Edmond Electric guys as they topped the foggy hill in their...

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Oklahoma’s Second Spring

A couple of weeks ago, I heard the term “Second Spring” on one of my favorite gardening shows, A Gardener’s Diary, and it stayed with me. The gardener was referring to how North Carolina suffers through the long summer and then re-emerges into a second spring in September and...

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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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