Wildflower Wednesday Gaura

On this Wildflower Wednesday, I want to promote the sweet genus gaura. G. coccinea, Scarlet beeblossom, is native to many states. Other species of gaura are native to the southern U.S., but there are also gaura selections and hybrids sold in nurseries and box stores. I grow several “improved” selections of this native perennial. Remember G. lindheimeri ‘Siskiyou Pink’ or white ‘Whirling…

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Rain chains are jewelry for your gutters

Rain chains are jewelry for your gutters

A few years ago I installed a rain chain right outside my kitchen window where I write each morning. As I hung it, I thought how much it looked like jewelry for my gutters–like delicate earrings for the home.

Rain chain hanging from my log house.

Copper rain chain hanging from my log house. Although it is super shiny now, it will eventually change to a darker patina.

A few weeks ago, Rain Chains Directasked me to review one of their…

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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, September 2014

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, September 2014

It’s the 15th of the month, and you know what that means. Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is shared all over the planet and hosted at May Dreams Gardens. If you’ve never participated, just jump right in. We’d love to see what’s growing in your part of the world.

Here, in USDA Zone 7a Oklahoma, it’s a story of small flowers, pollen and nectar. Pollinators are hurriedly stocking up anyway they can, and…

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Ten plants to replace climbing roses

Ten plants to replace climbing roses

Here are ten plants to replace climbing roses removed because of Rose Rosette Disease. I know some rosarians don’t think you need to remove afflicted roses, but I’m following the science at Oklahoma State University’s Cooperative Extension Service and other information I’ve studied. Like so many life decisions, what to do is complicated.

Climbers were the first roses hit here, and climbing roses…

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Four more roses bite the dust

Four more roses bite the dust

Four more roses are gone. 'Cl. Old Blush' bloomed in my garden spot for over twenty years.

‘Cl. Old Blush’ bloomed in my garden spot for over twenty years.

I mentioned recently on the Oklahoma Women Bloggers blog that ‘Cl. Old Blush’ had Rose Rosette Virus (RRV). I don’t mean to harp on this subject, but gardening isn’t always just sunshine and bluebirds. I wish it were, but that would be heaven, not planet Earth.

'Zephirine Drouhin' and 'Cl. Old Blush' in my garden.

‘Zephirine Drouhin’ and ‘Cl. Old Blush’ in my garden when they both were…

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She built her web at my front door. I hope she’s okay now that I walked through it. #oops #goodspider

She built her web at my front door. I hope she’s okay now that I walked through it. #oops #goodspider

 

Buy bulbs now before it’s too late.

Buy bulbs now before it’s too late.

Buy bulbs now. Tulips in terra cotta pot. 'Temple's Favourite', 'Rococo' and 'Orange Princess'

Tulips in terra cotta pot: ‘Temple’s Favourite’, ‘Rococo’ and ‘Orange Princess’ with dark blue pansies planted in early spring.

Consider this your bulb-buying reminder, nay warning. Now is the time to buy bulbs to plant for fall. If you want tulips, daffodils, purple hyacinths, blue chionodoxa, fritillaria in cream, orange, yellow or even dusky purple, you need to order now.

Otherwise, you’ll be…

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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: August

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: August

Did you ever wonder where the term, the “Dog Days of August” came from? Do you suppose it refers to hot weather and a general malaise? Well, sort of. The Romans named the days from July 23 through August 23 for the dog star, Sirius. Romans feared these days so much that they did some vile stuff to appease their gods.

Orthosiphon aristatus, cat's whiskers, is a wonderful herb that I grow as an ornamental plant. I overwintered it in the greenhouse last year.

Orthosiphon aristatus, cat’s whiskers, is a wonderful herb that I grow as an…

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