Saturday, March 14, 2020

Hurry Spring!


This week we have all been challenged with social distancing and self-quarantines.
Since my husband and I are considered "senior citizens" we have been staying home and trying to keep ourselves occupied.  



I started to clean out flower beds and planted a few cold hardy plants but now it's been raining for several days and expected to continue for the next week! 


What's a garden girl to do but bring the outdoors in.  I had to make a trip to Home Depot and found this lovely pink jasmine 


and a deep blue pot of hyacinths. 


The scents are intoxicating but we are enjoying some color indoors.


I've not grown pink jasmine before but it's an evergreen vine that is hardy to zone 8.  I will need to grow mine in a pot so I can overwinter it in the greenhouse. 


I'm also reorganizing my spring decorations and dishes so that I can use them more often this season.   I'm planning a girl tea for my best friend and her daughter for Easter and I can't wait to use some of my favorite dishes. 



Hope everyone is staying safe
 and well through this trying time.  






Thursday, March 5, 2020

Lenten Rose

I have fallen in love with Lenten Roses (hellebores) and have been on the lookout at my local nurseries for double blossom varieties. 



I finally found the Winter Jewel Painted hellebore at my specialty nursery here in Oklahoma.


They are pricey but since they multiply and are very tough plants I feel they are worth the price.  I planted my first hellebore two years ago and it started blooming when temperatures were near freezing.  


The blooms last for months and the foilage is evergreen.  Such a nice all season plant for the shade.


If you haven't tried hellebores I encourage you to plant one this year.  They are hardy in zones 4-8.









Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Spring Fever



This time of year I'm so ready to get out in the garden.  It's way too early and cold in my zone to plant anything so I'm counting the days until our last frost.   


Daffodils are starting to bloom and I cut a small bouquet to enjoy. 
 My new favorite hellebores are in flower as well.  
What a gorgeous flower when almost everything is still asleep.   


I want to keep increasing my hellebore collection since they are such a hardy evergreen in my zone 7 garden.  The flowers last for weeks.


Tulips will be next to bloom and provide so much color to my garden!



We enlarged our back east facing flower bed in the fall but haven't planted it yet.  I'm still preparing the soil and taking out grass.  I'm thinking more azaleas, hostas and a few low growing evergreen shrubs will compliment this area and will be low maintenance.


We are trying to decrease the amount of lawn to mow and hope to add more native and drought tolerants perennials
 and shrubs this year. 


I'm sure my gardening friends are making lots of plans for their gardens as well.  Do you have anything you are going to add to your landscape this year?

I'm dedicating this garden to my precious Mom who passed away before Thanksgiving...she loved flowers and was my "garden supervisor" the past few years she lived with us.





  

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Putting the Garden to Bed


We've already had our first hard freeze almost two weeks ago and today it's back up in the 70's!  I was so wishing the freeze would hold off for a few more weeks so I could keep enjoying my annual flowers near the patio. 


I finished planting my kale, pansies and tulips just in time.  Now I need to keep them watered and mulched until the spring.



I loaded the greenhouse with my geraniums,  a large hibiscus plant and as many other plants as it could resonably hold.   We've already had the heater running on a couple nights when the temperature got down in the teens!    


I cut back last years amaryllis leaves and put them in storage for their 8 week rest.   I did order new varieties to enjoy this winter and got those potted up.  The Amalfi only took three weeks from planting to bloom!  
Amazing!  


 We spent last weekend cleaning up the yard and mulching leaves in preparation for a new flower bed in the spring.  We are working to decrease the amount of mowing we have to do as we are getting in our golden years and I want more area for plants anyway.


We put a few white lights off the patio for the holidays as we can enjoy them from our family room at night.



Now my attention turns to putting up Christmas trees and decorating the house.  I'm already looking forward to next year's garden season but first I'll enjoy some time off to celebrate the holidays with my family.

Stay warm!






Saturday, October 19, 2019

Feeling like Fall





We finally have fall weather and I love this time of year.  Oklahoma temperatures wane back and forth from fall to summer with a quick freeze mixed in just to taunt me!  It's such a challenge for gardeners.  I haven't planted any outdoor fall plants yet but did manage to make a little bouquet with some grocery store sunflowers and mums for Mom's bedside table. 


Fall is my favorite season and I wish it lasted for so much longer!  The rich colors, smells of cinnamon and pumpkin spice make our home so cozy.  I did light the fireplace once when the temperature dipped down into the thirties.  I managed to get most of my patio plants moved into the greenhouse for safe keeping and still have some rearranging to do to make it easy to water everything
 this winter. 



I waxed and sprayed some pumpkins to deter the squirrels from munching on them and hope I can get them to last until Halloween.  

I'm planning on decorating the front porch tomorrow and getting some tulips in the ground.   


Happy Fall!