Rose Rosette Disease in Oklahoma

Last week, when I was at the second annual Garden2Blog, I asked Allen if he’s seen any Rose Rosette Disease in Little Rock. He knew immediately what I was talking about, and he said he hadn’t seen “witch’s broom,” the more common name for what is currently being classified as a rose virus. As we…

The roses wave a fond farewell

A cold front, dumping tons of snow onto Colorado, and with snow also predicted in the Oklahoma panhandle, is making its way further south. After a summer that felt more like a brutal dictatorship, instigated by Mr. Sun, the roses are finally blooming once again and filling the garden with their unique fragrance. While I’ve…

Too tired to post

I feel a post percolating about the fires and rebirth, but having just returned from GWA, I’m too tired to write it today. My home and garden were spared–the fire was several miles away–but many were not so lucky. Below are two recent posts from Fiskars and Lowe’s. If you visit my Lowe’s post and…

You really can garden anywhere

First, bear with me while I indulge in a bit of history. When I began to garden, I was nineteen years old, married and living outside Del City, Oklahoma (near Tinker Air Force Base) in a mobile home.  At the local Wal-Mart, I bought three rosebushes, their bare roots encased in plastic (ugh).  Because I…

The Dowager Duchess must be freed

Today was the day. The wind was calm, and the sun shined down upon my quest.  My first rose in the back garden, ‘Cl. Old Blush’, but affectionately known around here as the Dowager Duchess, groaned under the weight of the evil autumn clematis. DD was just beginning to break dormancy, as she is always…

‘Carefree Beauty’ rose

Tired of hearing about cold and snow?  Me too. Instead, let us speak of times past, particularly of summer, when the garden posed for one giant beauty shot, and my ‘Carefree Beauty’ rose was at her peak. Imagine. You step outside, the screen door slapping at your heels, and a wall of heat hits you…

I’m Doing a Happy Dance

What better mid-winter garden news could we Oklahomans get?  Mike Shoup of the Antique Rose Emporium is coming to speak in Tulsa and Oklahoma City as part of the Oklahoma Horticulture Society’s Annual Winter Lecture Series.  Every year, in February, the OHS, along with their partners in Tulsa, bring a big name garden personality to…