Did you miss me? I’ve missed you in more ways than you know. It’s been a very long spring and we’re heading into a long, hot summer. Get that drip irrigation out and going as soon as possible. Oklahoma summers can be merciless in your garden.
Does anyone even read blogs anymore? I know I’ve read more blog posts this spring. I found I needed longer pieces to reflect, but I’ve also felt like I have nothing new to write. This is my thirteenth year of garden blogging. Can you believe it?
I’m also on Instagram, but haven’t felt like sharing much on social media either. I hope you understand. Maybe, like me, you also feel overwhelmed by the news.
However, blogs have been a source of comfort for me this spring. Something to remember if things ever get back to a better normal. What blogs do I read? Well, my footer has several I frequent, and here are a few I’m particularly enjoying right now.
- Hayefield by Nan Ondra. Nan only writes on Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, but I always learn something new.
- Plant Postings by Beth Stetenfield. Beautiful photos and beautiful, heartfelt words.
- Growing with Plants by Matt Mattus. Scrumptious photos of unique plants, and new ways to grow them.
- May Dreams Gardens with my co-podcaster and friend, Carol J. Michel, is humorous.
- Dirt Therapy by Phillip Oliver. I love Phillip’s writing.
- Garden Rant by many illustrious horticulturists.
- Each Little World by Linda Brazil is a fabulous blog.
- Urban Rose Garden by Joshua Alexander, a new find for which I’m so grateful.
- Rock Rose by Jennifer Stocker is a Texas blog of wildflower delights.
There are many, many more, but I hope these will give you some ideas for reading too.
I was in a total funk last week and even yesterday, but Wednesday night’s Zoom meeting/talk on attracting butterflies, bees, and moths for the Wednesday at Will’s folks helped me focus on beautiful things. Yes, even moths are beautiful. Before COVID, I had seven talks scheduled after the Oklahoma City Home and Garden Show. As you know, everything is pretty much canceled through July while we wait and see what happens.
Maybe I’ll get to do my two talks at Bustani Plant Farm’s Fall Festival. I sure hope so. I’m so bored. I want to see all of you again. I want to hug people again.
Outdoors, I’ve been taking my societal frustrations out on my garden. Being angry at the world is good for weeding. It’s also time for the summer cutback also known as the Chelsea Chop. The roses finished their spring flush, and summer flowers like Shasta daisies, rudbeckia, sunflowers, zinnias, echinaceas, gaura, and others are just about ready to take over.
The daylilies are blooming, I go out each morning to deadhead them. New flowers open better that way, and it takes me out into the garden to do something light instead of heavy work. I ran out in the middle of the day today to take some pictures. They aren’t as good as normal. The sun was just too bright for my best pictures.
As for garden chores, I’m chopping all of the asters, mums, and autumnal sneezeweed in half. That way, these overachiever perennials don’t cover up other plants and bloom too soon, while flopping into the pathways. Sometimes, I get to this chore a week or two earlier. I’m a bit late this year, but who would know?
Several of you wrote and asked about my daylilies. I feel like I inundate you each year with their faces, but they are fabulous, and you asked, so…this post is full of daylily shots.
I’m also still recording our weekly podcast episode with Carol Michel. I enjoy recording it because we talk on Skype and can see each other as we record. We make each other think and laugh, and that is good.
Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ is really pretty this year. Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’ and ‘Minnie Pearl’ phlox. Good strong scapes (stems) are what you want to see in a daylily. You don’t want the blooms way down in the leaves. Hemerocallis ‘Pink Lemonade Party’ daylily.
That’s what I’ve been up to. What are you doing to stay cheerful in spite of the news? I’d love to hear.