I’m Dee Nash, a native Oklahoman, and I’ve gardened here since my teens. I know from personal experience how challenging our prairie climate can be.
But my blog isn’t just for Oklahomans. Gardening can be challenging in other climates too. So, I share how to garden wherever you grow.
Enjoy the garden you’ve always wanted!
The year of the salvia
In my garden, this is the year of…
The Simpson wildfire
Some of you may not know that my…
On the lookout for Texas wildflowers
Bill and I went on a little trip…
Container gardening tutorial
This week I’ve had a lot of questions…
My Christmas Garden Gift List
As an avid digger in the dirt, here's what I would like to see under my tree, or yours for that matter, this year: 1. Soap and Glory bath products. I don't know about you, but when I come in from spreading manure, I don't smell like a petunia. I want something that will scrub me clean and smell good at the same time. If a product can do its job while entertaining me with sassy British wit, so much the better. Also, they aren't expensive. I found mine at my local Target store. 2. Pink Ribbon Elite Gardening Gloves. First, full disclosure: As a Garden Writers Association Symposium attendee, I was sent two pair of Bionic Gloves to try. This was after I told their rep that I'd destroyed two pair of the original style because my fake fingernails poked through. (I was going to save my fake fingernail...Read More
Seeds of Promise
While on a walk with my dogs, Mariah and Prancer, last week, I saw this lovely moss under the trees. It is prolific this year, probably because of all the summer rain. I also noticed that the native grasses were going to seed and showing off. What struck me was the architecture of each seed head. I thought I would share some of these with you. This is Little Bluestem. I am not a native grass expert, but after this walk, I wish I were. I thought about my grandmother, Edith Juanita, and how she knew all the names of common plants. She was raised in Kiowa, Oklahoma, and learned them as a child. She taught me many things like how to grow killer tomatoes and how to cook poke sallet in the spring (in order to cleanse the blood, she said,) but I wish I'd asked more questions before...Read More
Hey Baby, It’s Chilly Outside
Don't want to garden in this weather? Why not go to a museum over the Thanks- giving holiday instead? Introduce your extended family to Bricktown and the revitalized downtown area. Mi Familia decided to visit the Oklahoma History Center for the first time last weekend, and we were entranced. The center consists of five galleries with hands-on interactive exhibits. It looks like someone finally discovered what makes the Science Museum Oklahoma (f/k/a the Omniplex) so popular. I especially liked the video presentation by a woman from Corn, Oklahoma, who explained the history of her personal family quilt collection. We also heard dances and music recorded from the Choctaw, Cherokee, Osage and many other American Indian tribes. The Chinese Americans living in Oklahoma were represented in their own exhibit. Great human stories mixed in with history. It doesn't get much better than that. When you depart, you get to see real...Read More
Green Thumb Sunday–Color Me Thankful
My friend, Debbie B., asked me a question on Friday, and I've thought about it ever since. She and her son wondered why fall colors echo the colors of Thanksgiving. Why does this holiday which is all about gratitude follow the same pattern as its surrounding clime? Why the beauty--the yellow of the Cottonwood leaves, the red of the Sumac, the oaks' burnt orange umber? At first, being my ever-practical self, my answer was that we took nature's cue and clothed our holidays likewise. This makes sense, when we consider Thanksgiving where we celebrate our gratitude for an abundant harvest with a feast of color. Think of the candied orange sweet potatoes, the golden brown of turkey skin, the paler orange squash of pumpkin pie, pecan pie's crunchy caramel, united by the green of pole beans (unless they are swimming in a creamy casserole and topped with Durkee onions.) At...Read More