Why do gardens matter?

In this age of hyper-technology and a corresponding increase in nature blindness, why do gardens matter? This is the question I’ve pondered all spring as I work in my own garden. The garden seems to be the only thing that soothes my soul this spring, and yet, in my career, I, like many of you,…

Lucinda Hutson’s garden

On our last day in Austin, we visited several wonderful gardens. but the first stop for my bus was Lucinda Hutson’s garden, forever recognizable by her purple house. Bill and I visited Lucinda in 2014, but I wasn’t able to write a post about her lovely casita then–I was overwhelmed promoting my book–so I’m going…

In memoriam: Harper Gianna Secrest

Below is my daughter, Megan’s, eulogy for her baby, Harper Gianna Secrest, who was born on April 20, 2018, at 4:24 a.m., and passed away at 4:25 a.m. Robert and Megan wanted to preserve Harper’s eulogy from the funeral here. I’ve closed the comments, but we appreciate everyone’s prayers and kindness toward our family during this…

2018 Freeze: to cover or not to cover

For the 2018 freeze tonight, to cover or not to cover is the question. The forecasted low for Guthrie, Oklahoma, tomorrow morning is 24°F according to Oklahoma’s Mesonet. The state of the rest of the state isn’t much better. We’ve already had two 32°F lows this week which killed off some foliage, but it wasn’t…

Starting tomato seeds

It’s time to start tomato seeds in Oklahoma. Why start your own tomato seeds? Because you can control what goes into your plants. If you want to grow tomatoes organically, starting seeds gives you control from start to finish. Who can argue with that? Why would anyone want to? How to start tomato seeds. Starting…

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day March

Every month Carol from May Dreams Gardens invites gardeners from around the world to celebrate what’s blooming for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Check out her website to watch the progression of spring. In 2016, my March garden was way ahead on Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, but in 2015, we were way behind. Such is the…

Garden temptation

Consider this post, chock-full of eye candy, your garden temptation for the week. Grow something. You see, I really want you to grow something. I don’t care how you grow. You can grow on a patio, balcony or deck. Grow plants in raised beds as in my cutting garden or potager or in-ground, but if…

English roses to know and grow

It’s a windy almost-spring day outside so let’s talk about English roses to know and grow in Oklahoma. I probably haven’t written a happy rose post in years due to Rose Rosette Disease, but ta-dah!! Here it is folks. I haven’t seen RRD in my garden for a couple of years, and I’ve added a…