It’s time for a spring garden update. Everything in the perennial garden is leafed out and ready to be frozen next week if temperatures go below 32°F. Last week, the forecasters were saying 28°. I just walked around my house and like Scarlett O’Hara, I paraphrased, “Fiddle-dee-dee, I’ll worry about that tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is another day.”
I’ve learned not to let early, mid, and late freezes bother me much. I control what I can and let go of what I can’t. Shrug. What else can you do? I will be sad if all of my Japanese maples freeze, but now the forecasters are saying 32° will be the lowest. I’m hoping they’re correct this time.
The only tulips I planted are now coming up in containers. You may remember I bought them from ColorBlends. I was really busy last fall and didn’t get around to soaking them in Plantskydd and planting them in the borders. I do miss them in the garage border, but not as much as I thought I would.
Oklahoma’s climate is a prairie one, and that means lots of changes. Our last average freeze date is April 20 in the central part of the state. Now, look at the map, above, and search for where you live. Unless you live in those red areas above, your average last freeze date is not March 31, even though it’s felt that way. I see your hands on those tomato plants. Do not plant them outside. You are welcome to babysit them in the house for a couple of weeks if you must. Remember to take them out for their walks every day. That way they stay acclimated. Or, you could just wait and order them from the Tomato Man’s Daughter. To see how to order during Covid-19, follow her wise directions. I put my order in last week. I pick mine up on April 22. They will be fine to plant then.
Bustani Plant Farm is doing something similar too. I’ve already turned in my order to pick up, and they have a signup on their Facebook page.
I have my areas all ready for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant. I am excited about this summer. Would you like to know the tomatoes, peppers and other plants I bought? Sure you would!
- ‘Black from Tula’
- ‘Doug’s Delight’
- ‘Royal Hillbilly,’ One of Lisa’s dad’s creations.
- ‘Gary O’Sena’
- ‘Dr. Wyche’s Tomatillo’
- ‘The Yellow 1884 Pinkheart,’ my hands-down favorite last year.
- ‘Cherokee Purple’ I’ve grown this one many, many times.
- ‘Black Hawk’
- ‘Black Cherry’ I love this tomato!
- ‘Asian Traveler’
- ‘Caspian Pink’
- ‘1884 Red Tomato’
- ‘Mortgage Lifter’
- ‘Sungold’ grown from seed. They are golden and very sweet.
- Ancho Poblano
- Fish pepper. I’ve always wanted to grow them.
- Shishito. We love these. In fact, I’m trading some tomatoes I’ve started for plants.
- Ancient Sweet NuMex
- ‘Confetti’ peppers because they’re so pretty.
- Poblano peppers. A different variety from the Ancho Poblano types.
- ‘Pingtung Long’
- ‘Green Knight.’ I’m trading some of my eggplants for more peppers.
Other Plants I ordered from the Tomato Man’s Daughter:
- Night Scented Tobacco
- Pink Sunday Salvia
- Blue Monday Salvia
- Blue Spice Basil
I also went up into the upper pasture and planted more annual wildflower seeds for my meadow. I hope this weekend’s rain will water them in. Fingers crossed.
In the vegetable garden (potager) I’ve been thinning kale, lettuce, peas, and poppy seedlings. I’m also moving things about because this is the best time to move plants be they vegetable or perennial.
I planted an entire bed of sunflowers yesterday, and one of zinnias last week. I decided to do the cut flower garden differently this year. We shall see if I like it better or not.
Springtime in Oklahoma is a magical season especially this year. We are having some of the best weather we’ve had in a long time with plenty of rain too. In fact, it may rain tonight so get those tools and bring them inside your garage before you finish working today.
That last bit was for me as much as it was for all of you.