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Rain-soaked garden

Most of Oklahoma got rain night before last. The rain-soaked garden woke up yesterday morning to singing birds, crawling caterpillars and me stalking it with my camera. There is nothing more pleasurable than spring in an Oklahoma garden, except, maybe fall, but spring is being extra good to us this...

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Hydrangeas for Oklahoma’s finicky climate

Do you like hydrangeas, but despair of growing them in hot and sunny Oklahoma? Here are several hydrangeas for Oklahoma’s finicky climate. Choose wisely because hydrangeas live for a very long time, and many of them take up a lot of gardening room. If your garden is small, but...

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August Garden Observations

Remember all that hurrying and scurrying we did from late February to June? Well, the dog days of August are here, and because I don’t have to work so hard, I’ve had time to make a few August garden observations. 1. Weeds never leave. Sure, once things heat up,...

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Wildflower Wednesday: common mountain mint

If you want to be invited to a pollinator keg party, just plant one of the many mountain mints and stand back for the show. A few years ago, while visiting the Ponca City Herb Festival, I purchased several native plants including, Pycnanthemum virginianum (common mountain mint) from Wild...

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Honey Bees are in bigger trouble than we thought

And, it’s not just them. All pollinators are in trouble. The European Honey Bee is simply the first casualty. For several years now, we’ve known honey bees were on a steep and seemingly unwavering decline, but I don’t think I realized until recently how bad things are. I have...

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