About Me


I’m a professional writer and speaker, born and raised in Oklahoma. Twenty-nine years ago, Bill and I married during a thunderstorm. I love thunder and lightning, so I knew good things were on the horizon. Bill doesn’t like to garden, but he helps build nearly all of my garden hardscape. I like it that way. We have four children. Ashley is grown and living on her own. Megan, known in older posts as “the Diva” is now married. Our son, Brennan, formerly known as “ASW,” graduated from college and is now working for my husband in our paving company. Claire, known earlier as “Bear” is in college. Megan graduated with her Masters Degree from my alma mater, the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner!

My children all agree that this blog takes up way too much of my time. They are the center of my life, but I need some form of self-expression, so I type on. So far, the only one who likes to garden is Megan, and mostly, she likes houseplants. Who can blame her?

You could say I’m obsessive. I once grew over ninety rose bushes–until Rose Rosette Virus reared its ugly head–along with over 200 daylilies and other heat-loving perennials, shrubs, and trees. When I started gardening at nineteen or so, I began with three rose bushes: ‘Double Delight,’ ‘Tiffany’ and ‘Queen Elizabeth’ that I bought at the local discount store. Two were Hybrid Teas, and the other a Grandiflora. I built a small raised bed and lavished them with food and chemicals. They were beautiful, and I was hooked. I garden using organic methods now, so I grow mostly disease-resistant roses and drought-resistant plants. Unfortunately, many of my roses succumbed to Rose Rosette Disease, but, with ninety to start, I still have a lot left.

When I moved out to the country to start my life with Bill, I “made” a small vegetable garden. You see, in Oklahoma, we don’t “grow” a vegetable garden, we “make” it. I don’t know why. The bunnies ate that first attempt, but after fencing the small rectangle, I kept trying. In a magazine (does anyone remember Kitchen Gardener?) I discovered a garden plan with geometric shapes like triangles and diamonds. It looked very ooh, la, la, and I wanted mine to look just like it.

Dee and Bill in Asheville, NC at the Garden Bloggers Fling. Photo taken by Gail Eichelberger.
Dee and Bill in Asheville, NC at the Garden Bloggers Fling. Photo taken by Gail Eichelberger.

Bill built the back garden and it is the center of the acre plus I now tend.

I’m gluten and casein intolerant–no wheat or dairy–hence the gluten-free links on my blogroll. Plus, those women write like poets, so I’d love them anyway. I’m a frequent contributor to Oklahoma Gardener magazine, and I write the “Oklahoma Outside” column for Oklahoma Living magazine. I’ve also written for Organic Gardening, Fine Gardening, flower magazine, The Edmond Sun, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma Horticulture Society’s Horticulture Horizons, and The Daylily Journal.

I wrote my first book,The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff (St. Lynn’s Press 2014) last year, and my life has been a tornado of activity ever since. It’s all good.

I’m also thrilled that Red Dirt Ramblings won the Garden Writers Association’s Gold Award for Best Electronic Writing in 2014. Better Homes and Gardens named RDR one of its Top Ten Gardening Blogs in 2014, and Southern Living magazine named me one of its 30 Bloggers to Follow in 2015 and 2016. All I can say is I’m humbled and thank you.

I’m also Catholic, and I’ve been published in The Sooner Catholic, our state Catholic newspaper. Thanks for visiting my little patch of heaven in the red dirt state. I hope you’ll come again soon. You can find me on Twitter, InstagramFacebook, and Google+. Please stop by and comment or ask a question whenever you like. I love hearing from you.


  1. Lisa says:

    Hi, Dee-
    I just read your piece about blogging in the GWA newsletter, and loved the way that you captured the inspiration that writing a blog (and posting) can bring to your other endeavors.


    P.S. Hope to see you in Asheville for the Fling in May!

    1. Dee Nash says:

      Lisa, I hope to see you too. Gotta see what my schedule brings, but I intend to be there. Thanks so much for the kudos. I did my best.~~Dee

  2. Tommy Dailey says:

    Work all over Okla. oilpatch,enjoy reading your blog,comments on roses and garden. I read alot of garden tips will watch for your articles. Came across your blog on “Plant what gives you Joy”.

    1. Dee Nash says:

      Thank you Tommy for stopping by and commenting. It warms my heart that you like my blog. The gardens have suffered in the heat, but the rains are coming once again, and for that, I’m extremely grateful. Be careful out there in the oilpatch and on those country roads.

  3. nanne says:

    hi dee!

    your blog and your gardens are beautiful! i’ve so enjoyed looking through your archives.

    would you mind sharing what zone you garden in? we moved from our lifelong home of alabama to central indiana a year and half ago and i have been learning the differences between zone 8b and 5a gardens…it’s an adjustment!


    1. Dee Nash says:

      Hi Nanne and welcome!

      My gardens are in USDA Zone 6b which quite a bit colder than the rest of Oklahoma in the winter. However, you need to also check out May Dreams Gardens. Carol gardens in Indianapolis and should be in your zone. She also has links to other Indiana blogs and websites on her blogroll. That is quite a zonal change for a gardener.

      Please stop back anytime and visit. I’d love to have you, and Carol and I can grow many of the same plants.

  4. fredi says:


    I wondered if you would be interested in blog roll links (resource sites) with the http://gardeningtechniques.wordpress.com

    We are a not-for-profit, green directory founded on gardening principles, providing links to renewable energy suppliers, organic health and beauty products, fair trade clothing, gifts and household goods and services.

    We are listed in thegoodblogs.com, topblogarea.com, Please let me know if this would be of interest.

    Kind regards,

    Fredi bach


  5. David says:

    Love following your info these days. Most of my tomatoes plants have developed brown leaves on the bottom part (1/2 to 1/3) but still look OK on top. 5+’ height in pots, 7+’ in garden. Soil meter shows OK and I have been watering (daily) and fertizliing (every 2 weeks). Question is will these still yield after weather breaks (assuming no bugs/other problems) and should I remove dead leaves, or should I just give up on them altogether? Some are showing new stem growth (from below soil level), but not all.

    Thanks for any thoughts you may have!

    1. Dee Nash says:

      Thanks David. I would remove the dead leaves being careful not to touch the healthy leaves. Keep watering them, and if we get seasonable temperatures after this heat wave, they should set more tomatoes up until frost. Although I said I was giving up on the vegetable garden, the tomatoes are doing really well, so I’d keep watering them and lay down some mulch around them to stop water from splashing up on the leaves.~~Dee

  6. Hi Dee,
    Great meeting you at Buffa10, and hope our paths cross again. Love your writing and blog, and attitude!

    1. Dee Nash says:

      Bonnie, it was lovely meeting you too, and as for my attitude, it often gets me in trouble. 🙂 ~~Dee

  7. Mary says:

    June 20, 2010.
    Your blog page Rudbeckia photo is the “ONLY” one that matches the color of my Rudbeckia blooms — with the soft center in yellow ringed by red, and the petals mostly red with just the petal tips in yellow. I am dying to find out if it has a specific variety name. Can you help? MARY in Idaho

    Gosh, Mary, which page? I think that mine is just the species, but I’d need to see the photo again.~~Dee

  8. Carolyn says:

    Dee, just found your blog and have enjoyed reading it very much. My husband and I go through OKC to Kansas about once a month and would love to learn about any local Guthrie or Edmond nurseries that you would recommend. Thanks in advance for any information you can give. Carolyn

  9. Janet Mills says:

    Hi, Dee,
    I must say, I have enjoyed spending the afternoon with you! I am trapped here, in my bedroom, with only the tv, the computer, a window and binoculars, and a broken ankle and dislocated kneecap! I am not allowed to put any weight on it, and cannot use one of those little scooters that carry the cast, due to the knee injury. So far, have only been able to get to the living room 3 or 4 times, and it isn’t a big house!
    It’s been 3 1/2 weeks now, since I went into the backyard to take a picture of my glorious forsythia. The dogs were there, and HotRod got very got very excited to see me. He began to run, like a tackle headed for the opposing quarterback (me!). Tassie ran at him, the guard protecting her quarterback. She tried to head him off- had him by the face (facemask penalty!), and instead of being able to bring him down, the two of them ran headlong into the side of my leg- so, I guess the quarterback was the one who ended up getting the penalty- benched for the season.
    Of course, this is the time of year when I most want to be out in my yard, and since 2003, I have, for reasons of family crises, only been able to work in the Spring in 2005 and a little of 2007. Can’t tell you how bad it looks or how far behind I am. I don’t think there’s any hope.
    So here I am, trying to look at my flowers through the window (or one day, from the porch) and the more I see blooming, the more it hurts!!!!!
    I just want you to know that reading your blog was/will be wonderful medicine for me, helps to pass the hours in a constructive manner and at the same time, it’s fabulous eye candy. I have also gone from your links to the Clay and Limestone site, and will spend more time there- tomorrow, as Scarlett would say, is another day!!!! And unfortunately, I have nothing but time.
    I do feel terrible about not being able to help with the Edm. Iris Soc. show and sale. Here I am President, and have only attended two meetings. I feel like such a WEED!!!!!!!!!!!
    Again- thanks for sharing your beautiful photos. They are an unimaginable blessing to me right now!!!!!!!
    Hummingbird hugs,

    Thanks Janet.~~Dee

  10. Michelle says:

    I saw your gorgeous rainbow knockout rose on your site. I would like to plant some knockout rose bushes along the walkway at the front of my house, but I am nervous that I am going to attract a lot of bees. Do you have a lot of bees around your knockout roses?

    If they do attract a lot of bees, do you have any suggestions for a flowering plant about 3 ft tall that does not seem to attract so many bees?

    I worry about bees/wasps because I have a very young child that I do not want to get stung when we are going to/from the car. If I can avoid attracting them then that would be best.

    Hi Michelle, I wouldn’t worry about the bees. They don’t attract that many in my garden, plus, when bees and wasps are feeding, they aren’t inclined to ever sting. They only sting to protect their nests. As long as a wasp doesn’t build a nest, you would be fine. I say go ahead and plant them. They are really beautiful.~~Dee

  11. melanie g says:

    We had a fire burn most of the bermuda grass in the back yard 🙁 any suggestions? I am going to try and rake up as much “black” as possible today before it rains.

    Hi Melanie, thanks for stopping by. Burned Bermuda grass will come back stronger than ever. It spreads via rhizomatous roots, and you will have green shoots in no time. I wouldn’t worry about raking up the black matter. The grass will soon cover it, and it adds some nutritive value to the grass. I’m sorry it was burned, but before long you will barely know it.~~Dee

  12. Lynn says:

    Hi Dee, thanks for stopping by my site after you saw my trip to Cold Climate Gardening. I started out in West Texas and later in Austin in a community plot, so I sure can appreciate what you’re doing in the red dirt! Look forward to reading more. ~Lynn

  13. Sherry Massey says:


    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your comments. I really enjoy the blogging process, but find it disappointing to see that I’ve had lots of hits but no comments. So, its always fun when one appears!

    I have found some great blogs by Oklahomans and am making some great new friends in the gardening world. Keep up the good work.

    Sherry Massey

  14. joco says:

    Hiya Dee,

    Thanks for sharing your rain with us over here in the UK. You can have it back now 😉

    We are leading the snail Olympics however. 4600 plus at last rough count.

    We are celiacs too. When our son was small, a frozen banana on a stick was the treat of the neighbourhood: all the kids knew the path to our freezer.

    jocos last blog post..Flying ants

  15. Susan says:

    I found your blog when trying to figure out if Jack Link’s jerky is gluten free. I live in Boston, but was born in Tulsa, and my son is going to be a freshman Sooner next week! Thanks for the GF tips.

    Hi Susan, I’m so glad you found me, Red Dirt Sister. On the jerky, read all of the labels and watch out for any with regular soy sauce. Go Sooners!!! I hope you’ll keep coming back.~~Dee

  16. Rick says:

    Wow, comments in About Me section. Since I have been reading for a while, I thought that I would drop one in.
    You and I share the red dirt, as my Southwest Missouri soil butts right up to your red soil of Oklahoma. Lots of iron and clay, which makes having well drained, loamy soil loving plants a challenge. And then there is the heat! Whew. We do get some blast furnace days, do we not.
    Maybe at the next spring fling (there is going to be one, right…?) we will be able to meet in person. Until then, keep writing, and I will keep reading!

    Ricks last blog post..Mrs. Cherty Rock Farmer is NOT happy…

    Thank you, Rick, for commenting. It’s too bad that iron is locked up in the soil. Some of the plants could use a little of it. I’ll keep writing.~~Dee

  17. Cindy Dyer says:

    Hi Dee,

    Thanks for the comment on my blog!

    It is a good book, and you’ve got the land to actually become a flower farmer, from what I read on your blog. Of course, if you don’t have time to harvest vegetables because of raising kids, you might want to wait on the flower farming endeavor! 🙂

    Your website is great. I’m going to include it in my blogroll, if you don’t mind.

    My regular blog, where I post things that aren’t just garden-related (sometimes!) is: http://www.cindydyer.wordpress.com

    I put all the garden-only stuff on the gardenmuse site, which is the one you left your comment on. Take a look at the other one—from about April–September, you’ll see loads of garden-plant-flower photos; once gardening season is over, I have to resort to photographing everything else. I photograph my friends to death, so they always look forward to gardening season when I leave them alone (unless they’re fellow gardeners, and then they end up posing for me in their gardens, too! 🙂

    Cindy Dyers last blog post..Matt and Cody

    Hi Cindy, thanks for coming by and seeing my blog too. I went to your other sites. You take some fabulous photos.~~Dee

  18. Nola says:

    Hi, I just found your blog, it was linked on a few of my favorite blogs. I’ll have to go and read some of your older posts; I do hope you have lots of pix of all those rose bushes! I’m drawn to gardening blogs, especially those who fight intense heat in the summer, as I do here in north central Texas. I’ll be checking back to see how your newest additions are tolerating the heat of late summer!

    Hi Nola, thank for stopping by. I try to put a lot of the roses on the blog. They seem to be very popular.~~Dee

  19. I loved Kitchen Gardener magazine and have all my back issues, which I like to get out and read every once in a while. I am looking for your email address and can’t find it? Can you email me?

    Consider it done, and I added it to this page.~~Dee

  20. Hi Dee!
    Love the Reckamp section on your blog! I am going to Wisconsin to meet Roy Klehm next week. I am so excited ! I hope to get a few more stories about Bro. Charles to add to my Reckamp presentation. I have about 90 in my Reckamp collection now, and needing to make more room to squeeze them all in:)
    Were you at the Regional in Wichita this last weekend? I didn’t see you, and if you were there, I’m sure sorry I missed speaking with you.
    I have a question for you: I know Mission Madonna is one of your favorite Reckamps, and I just got it last year. I am not sure mine is correct, so I was wondering if I could send you a picture and have you compare it to yours?
    Thanks and take care,

  21. Sherri says:

    Hi Dee!

    I just wanted to say I’m a fellow gardener and also a Daylily enthusiast!!! When I
    in Northwestern NJ at one time on my farm I had over 200 varieties of daylilies!! I
    was in heaven. I moved to Charlotte, NC 4 yrs. ago and brought some of my fav
    daylilies with me but not too many. I wanted to start over again. Love all your pics
    on your Blog-keep up the good work!! Any time you want to trade something just
    let me know!!


    Sherri, I hope you come back when they’re in bloom.~~Dee

  22. Cindy says:

    Hi Dee-

    Thank you for visiting and leaving such a nice comment on my blog.

    I am envious of all your roses! Do you make anything out of them?

    You have beautiful pictures posted!

    Thanks, Cindy. Yours is great too.~~Dee

  23. ??????
    I live in Japan. Several plants in your picture are same as a plant in my garden. Your blog was very useful to me.
    Please see the yard which I made.

    Hi Akinobu,

    Thanks for coming to my site. I went to yours. Very inspiring. Hope you come back soon.~~Dee

  24. Kelly says:

    Hey Dee:

    I just love your creativity! You’re ready for the “Big League!” I put a link to your blog on mine. Let me know if you’d rather I didn’t and I’ll take it off. Many have asked me what the name of yours is, so I thought I’d just put it on mine and then they could find it whenever they wanted too.

    Keep up your great writing and we’ll keep on reading!

    Love, Kelly

    Thanks, Kelly, for reading and for all your kind words. I will. I can’t help myself.~~Dee

  25. Hi Dee, I’m so glad you came by and introduced yourself and your blog. I’ll visit more for your writing style, great stories, and interesting plant info.

    Thank you Caroline, as I will yours.~~Dee

  26. Whenever anyone in my family complains that my blog takes too much of my attention – I smile vaguely – think of your introduction here – and carry on – guilty but (almost) regardless!


    Esther, LOL, glad I’m be of some help.~~Dee

  27. Kelly says:


    This is amazing, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from you. When you first put it out, it was very good, but this is really “Professional”! I am so impressed! I didn’t understand at all about blogs but now I am really getting in to it! WOW!

    You have some great ideas. Anything you want to share that would be helpful I’ll gladly accept. I can see from your blog just how much I Don’t Know!!

    Keep up the great work!


    Thanks. Kelly. I appreciate it.~~Dee

  28. kristyn says:

    Hey, Dee!

    We sure miss you at OK Write Now! I am looking into starting up a website, and I wondered if I could get your recommendations, both for and against. Your site really looks nice–doesn’t look like an amateur job. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Drop by some Wednesday…we’re still there. Take care!

    Hi Kristyn. I miss you all too. Thanks for the kind words. I’ll call you about recommendations.~~Dee

  29. rees cowden says:

    Hello Dee,
    Thanks for the nice post over on my blog greensideupblog.com. I see you have written for the Daylily Journal. I never knew there was such a thing. I’ll have to check it out, and make sure you post some shots of yours when they bloom. 🙂

    Hi Rees, the Daylily Journal is a publication of the American Hemerocallis Society. It’s sent to all members of the society.~~Dee

  30. Hi,
    I read your ‘About me’ with a big, big smile on my face….I recognized myself in your description, which is very amusing…
    Thanks for stopping by; I’m really glad you did, because it mede me find your place. And believe me – I’ll be back!

    Katarina, I thought the same thing about your blog when I went there. Rose sisters.~~Dee

  31. Susan Myers says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I featured your blog in The Inside Dirt @ iloveplants.com blog (http://iloveplants.com/weblog). We’ve also included a link for your blog in iloveplants.com’s regional directory. You can locate it by clicking on the “What’s New” button located at the top of our homepage (http://www.iloveplants.com).

    Your writing style and regional take on Oklahoma gardening made your blog a perfect one to feature. I am happy to have found it and been able to feature it. Here’s the actual post page -http://www.iloveplants.com/weblog/archives/2008_02_01_archive.html – if you would like to include it in the right column of your blog. Keep blogging! Susan

    Hi Susan, thanks for linking to my blog. I appreciate it, and I’m glad you like my writing style.~~Dee

  32. Brenda Kula says:

    Hey, thanks for stopping by. I’ve seen your blog before on other sites. I’m from Norman. My two girls live in the Tulsa area; one in Sand Springs. Long grown. Red dirt is so apt! You ought to see the stuff that grows in East Texas. Wow! Is all I can say. But that red dirt; can’t forget that. I’ll put you on Favs and stop by often!

    Thanks Brenda. I didn’t realize you live so close. That’s where I went to school. Go Sooners! Doesn’t East Texas have coleche (sp?) soil? It is some weird stuff like sucking clay. Please do stop by often.~~Dee

  33. Hi Dee. I’m also an Okie gal and a writer, but oddly enough, I didn’t find your site through those channels. I found your site by accident looking for pics of dead trees. I thought it was a pretty interesting coincidence, so I thought I’d pop up my head and say hi! We Oklahoma writers have to stick together.

    Have a great day. 🙂

    Hi Sherri, I must have missed your comment before. Thanks so much. You’re right. We writers do need to stick together. Thanks for coming by.~~Dee

  34. Hi! I enjoy your writing style- no wonder you are a writer! Thanks for visiting my blog today and posting a comment. I’ll be back to visit again.
    Shirley Bovshow

    Hi Shirley, thanks for the compliment and for stopping by. I’m glad you gave me a comment too. I love comments.~~Dee

  35. Phillip says:

    Thanks for stopping by and I’m glad I discovered your blog. I love roses too but mainly grow the older varieties. Is Oklahoma Gardener owned by State-by-State Gardening? I write articles for Alabama Gardener.

    Phillip, yes it is. I really like the magazine, I’m glad they use local writers in addition to the other national ones. I’d like to see what you’ve written about. I have several antique roses too. I just haven’t written about “the Ladies” yet. I enjoyed your blog.~~Dee

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