July 6, 2012

Red, White and Blue in the Garden

I have said often, that in Oklahoma we can grow anything...

it just doesn't last very long

or get very big

and sometimes the color is not very intense

or the color is intense, but gets washed out by our strong Oklahoma sun.

I maintain, however, that this is not whining.

It is simply acknowledging reality.

And the reality is that I'm never going to create a red, white and blue display like this one

that I saw recently in Salida, CO.  

Absolutely glorious on the Fourth of July.  Perfect timing of

towering delphiniums, blood red Asiatic  lilies, dainty feverfew...with an occasional lupine thrown in...

Maybe next year I'll try to cultivate my own garden version of red, white and blue...that will perform on the Fourth.

Then again,

maybe I'll just go back to Salida. 

Stay cool everyone!


  1. Sounds like a good plan, and yes those colors are stunning! Your header photo is beautiful, too, by the way!

  2. Beautiful color combo!! Think I might love Salida with those gorgeous flowers! I have planted red & blue salvia with the cream color lantana this year...so far so good. I saw on the weather that last year we had already suffered 17 days of over 100...only 5 this year so far! Praying for rain next week!! Your post makes me want to plant delphiniums again!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Miss Bloomers

  3. Linda, Steve Flynn here from Vino Salida Wine Cellars. You tasted w/ my wife Judy on Friday and I met you and your husband at the Farmer's Market on Saturday. This is a great blog! Beautiful photos; by the way, these photos were taken on I Street across from the Community Garden weren't they? We live next door to Beverly who owns and cultivates this gorgeous garden! Keep up the inspiring work.

  4. Linda,
    WOW, Great picyures of my garden.
    Thanks for posting them.


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