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…
Oklahoma, It’s Our Birthday!!!
We're 100 years old, and today, we're celebrating all over the state with parades, fairs, craft shows and more. Because my little town of Guthrie was the first state capitol, where the gunshot sounded signifying statehood, we got to throw the biggest party of all. The official Guthrie Centennial Website stated that Guthrie would "host historical re-enactments of the statehood proclamation, the swearing-in of Oklahomaâ€™s First Governor, Charles Haskell, and the symbolic wedding of Oklahoma Territory with Indian Territory." The re-enactments were held at the historic Carnegie Library where they happened in 1907. I hate to gush, but I am so proud that Guthrie still has the Carnegie Library. It's been surpassed by a more modern building, but the edifice of the old is beautiful. In fact, if you're ever able to come visit, please stop by and see all of the old buildings we didn't demolish. During the 50s...Read More
Leaves Fell Like Snow
. . . at my house on Saturday. "Brown, dirty snow," Handsome Hubby ("HH" from here on) said. It appears he was unimpressed with my simile. As you can see from this picture, we live in a log cabin in the backwoods. Blackjack oak (a/k/a Scrub oak) and Post oak trees surround our house, giving us great shade in the summer and lower utility bills. However, in autumn and late winter, we get two sets of leaf fall that cover our property in a brown blanket smothering the Crossfire Fescue I've planted and patiently watered. Note: we only keep Fescue around the front of the house. The rest of the yard is Bermuda and native prairie grasses to lessen the need for watering. Before I planted shade grass, I think we ignored the leaves. Then, after a conversation with a gardening guru of mine (thanks Wanda,) I decided the leaves...Read More
No, dear friends, not agape, that group of Greek words meaning Christian or brotherly love. Agave, as in nectar . . . of the Gods. There is nothing brotherly about my passion for the liquid sunshine contained in this bottle. I have to thank Erin McKenna of Babycakes Bakery for introducing me to my love. She shared a recipe for a wonderful allergy free bread she prepared on Martha Stewart's show. (You can find this episode on Babycakes' website under "Press.") In this bread was agave, which at first, made me think of tequila, thus fostering bad memories of a certain party we won't discuss. Agave is related to gardening, or, at least, the plant world. Most people are familiar with agaves as ornamental plants, sometimes called century plants because they live to be very old, although not 100 years old. They are from the family Agavacae and are related...Read More
Girl Scouts 95 Years and Planting
Last Saturday, my youngest daughter and I attended an Oklahoma Centennial Event in the heart of Edmond. It was to celebrate our state along with ninety-five years of Girl Scouting in Oklahoma. This statue, of a girl scout planting a tree, was created by Shan Gray and was unveiled during the festivities. For those of you who live close to Edmond, it is located in Mitch Park behind the softball fields and in front of the pavillion. Mitch Park is at the intersection of Covell and Kelly streets. I wanted to know more about the statue so I contacted Susan Bohl, Service Unit Director for the Trail Blazers Service Unit. The statue cost $25,000, and Susan told me that the girls themselves raised a lot of the money. "We sold bricks, had car washes, a huge garage sale, a mother/daughter chocolate dreams event, handed out flyers, and partnered with Papa...Read More