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I am a 40 something, married, mother of two boys who loves gardening, life, and living in Oklahoma. I write two different blogs, one on ministry work and life Redemption's Heart and one on gardening in Oklahoma Busted Stick Gardens Thank you for visiting my page.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Bloom Day in Broken Arrow

Photo courtesy of the Tulsa Garden Center.

I'm In love! Isn't this beautiful? And it grows in Oklahoma. Yes! Purple fountain grass for my garden - coming soon. I can't wait! well, after last week's freezing temps and today's flower funerals, I'll be patient.

I was really worried that I would have to pass on bloom day this month, what with the snow and freezing temps in April of all things. If it was blooming before last week, it isn't now. My northern friends who still cannot plant have no sympathy for me right now, I know.

Sadly, I lost:

* Two Rose of Sharon
* My Yellow Chain tree that was shipped too early - calling for a refund.
* All of my Forget-me-nots
* And a few other plants that were shipped too early for zone 6b. - This is the last year I buy anything from Spring Hill. Lesson learned.

I did not lose my new grasses, my wisteria, or my new roses, and that is a good thing. I am also happy to discover these little beauties blooming today. I planted these last year.

Right now, I am getting my containers ready, cleaning out two last beds, and working on cultivating some new ornamental grasses and fencing. With the exception of just a few more items, I'm through with perennials for this year, and will be plugging annuals into my bare spots.

I'm thinking there is probably some gardening hack code that I am breaking by plugging in annuals. I know that purists don't do that. But for me, my gardens are still too new. Three of the beds were done last Spring, One was done in the fall and I've added six new beds this year. It takes three full years to really fill out a bed and to do that with all perennials would be drastically expensive.

I'll be playing at some new nurseries around town, and I'll report my finds here.

Until later.


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Dreaming of Spring amid frosty temps.

SpringFest Garden Market and Festival

Some people mark the beginning of Spring with Robins or sunshine. Not me. I know it's Spring when the Tulsa Garden Center has their annual SpringFest. I'm so excited, I can't stand it.

We had Spring, or so I thought. Then I planted flowers and it snowed. It never snows in April in Oklahoma. It did this year. Why? Because I am ahead of the curve this year. Our open house for my son's graduation is only a month a way and by golly my yard is going to be beautiful.

My yard is going to be whatever this crazy weather and my skills allows it to be by then. And that's just the way it is. So where does a gal like me (who kills things and can never figure out why) go for answers, knowledge, and ideas? The Tulsa Garden Society, that's where.

What is so great about SpringFest? Everything. Everyone is going to be there. All the local nurseries with their best stuff. Do you have gardening questions? Linnaeus Gardens will even be open. Tulsa Master Gardeners are the best people to ask about anything. They taught me how to make dirt. I know that sounds stupid to people who live in what I call "real dirt" country. But I live in red clay and sandy loam country. I spent years, digging holes and killing bushes because I carelessly planted them in unprepared beds. I had no idea I was doing anything wrong. The Tulsa Garden Society is teaching me how to create beauty. I knew how back in Michigan, and I'm learning how again in Tulsa.

Check out their web page and see for yourself. If you live in the Tulsa Area, you do not want to miss this.

I can't wait!

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