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Salvia elegens 'Golden Delicious' pineapple sage in front of my red fountain. #nofilter

Tropical plants, a hot summer garden’s best friend

Next to colorful annuals, tropical plants are a hot summer garden’s best friend. In Oklahoma and much of the middle South, tropical plants are grown successfully as annuals. Yes, in a mid-south climate, they die at winter’s end, but that’s okay. If you take cuttings, you can keep your favorites going year...

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Zinnias with purple chairs.

Annuals are flashy garden accessories

If perennials are the little black dresses of the garden world, then annuals are gardening’s flashy accessories. They bring color to our lives. They brighten up shady spots. They bloom their entire seasons, cool or warm, with very little help from us. Please don’t leave annuals out of your planting design....

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Fall redo for my front containers

I was going to title this post: Before and After, but that could apply to so many things couldn’t it? The containers that sit at the front of my house are always a garden challenge. In summer, oak trees are leafed out so that one container is in nearly...

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An ongoing and clandestine love affair

This year, I swore no indoor seed growing.  Here’s why: I really don’t have a place for them except the basement (where I’ll forget to water). The seedlings get leggy from not enough light (although I use full spectrum, grow lights); and quite frankly, I don’t wanna. After placing...

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Kitchen Gardener magazine arrives!

About a hundred years ago, when I first started gardening out here in the country in my red dirt, I subscribed to Kitchen Gardener magazine (formerly known as Kitchen Garden).  Like a vegetable garden bible, I carried this magazine everywhere, and I read its bimonthly issue cover to cover. ...

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