Budding hyacinth on forcing vase.

Blooming plants beat the winter blues

I don’t know how you feel about winter, but if you’ve read RDR in the last eight years, you know it’s not my favorite season. That’s an understatement. Oklahoma skies are gray and bleak throughout January and February, which can give a red dirt girl the winter blues. I see...


Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: late winter

It’s Bloom Day again, that once a month miracle hosted by Carol of May Dreams Gardens. I don’t have much to show, but signs that some things are gearing up for spring are there. Some of the garden remains green like Rosa ‘Cl. Old Blush’ above. Except during the...


A winter cloche party

When I stopped by Brenda’s Cozy Little House, she was in the middle of a cloche party, hosted by Marty of A Stroll Thru Life.  It was simply so much fun that I knew I must join them and their friends. Some of these girls are amazingly creative, but...


Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day dateline February 2010

Yesterday’s snow melted away, and once again the landscape is brown and gray.  I’m a poet and didn’t know it.  Ha! At 26F outdoors, there are the occasional pansies bowing their little heads. The Helleborus argutifolius ‘Silver Lace’ is trying to bloom, but it’s been so cold and snowy. ...


Snowbound thoughts: Part I, terrariums

Well, most of the snow melted in yesterday’s rain, but more ice and snow are predicted for Sunday and again next week.  I’m beginning to understand why northern gardeners go stir crazy in winter. However, as Cindy From My Corner of Katy (near Houston), wrote, “One step closer to...