May 31, 2012

Deja Vu All Over Again

Same song, second verse.  Another hailstorm, reminiscent of the epic hailstorm of May 2010, but, thankfully, not so intense.  Still... damaging gardens, windows, roofs, and, most of all, our I-am-feeling-very-picked-on temperaments. 

So it was a welcome sight today to spot some much needed humor on a car sporting the word


on its rear windshield. Gotta love this person.

I almost wrecked as I ducked in and out of traffic to snap this picture for you. (Okay, it's a little hard to read, but I did the best I could.)

It seems to me... that to get a really good soaking rain here on the prairie... we must pay a price. 

Make a sacrifice.  

The weather gods must be propitiated.

This storm's currency:


With, of course, the requisite aching back, car dents, and bruised psyche that comes with it.


Then there was the rain from last week.  Much appreciated, heaven knows, but the price seemed a little steep for the amount of precipitation we received. 

Last week's tender?

Another huge limb off
of the towering old oak in my front bed.

The wind you see.  Sweeping down the proverbial plain.

I don't know that I have any advice on this payment plan,

but I do have some recommendations and tips for dealing with hail damage in the garden.  Join me and LC tomorrow at 4:30 on News Channel 4. 

 And if you haven't already done so, download the 4 WARN Me
App for your mobile device. Find it here on or in the iTunes store on your Apple device.  While you're at it, you might want to download a flashlight App as well.  :)

May 28, 2012


My unexpected, (but not unpleasant) convalescence has to end sooner or later... and I guess Memorial Day is as good a day as any to stop using it as an excuse to be lazy and unproductive.

But in baby steps, as both my muscles and energy level have atrophied over the last few weeks.

I think making some healthy little 

Red, White and Blueberry Cheesecake Yogurt Cupcakes

(recipe compliments of this site for healthy recipes)

 for Memorial Day might be just the place to start. 

Click here for the easy how to.

Enjoy the day and this little taste of summer, everyone!

May 14, 2012

Belated Mother's Day

Did all of you mothers out there have a magical (or at least relaxing) special day?  With gifts and cards and brunch and phone calls...a day brimming with appreciation for all you do and all you are?

I do hope so.  As for Mother's Day in the  p o t a g e  r

well, let's just say the weather was divine, the family was attentive, the garden was magical...

but the garden's mistress was recuperating from a surprise appendectomy and not quite at her best.

She does, however, reserve the right to revisit the holiday, even if it encroaches a bit on Dad's big day.  :)

May 7, 2012

Foxglove and Signature Plants

Every gardener should have one. A flower or herb or shrub or vegetable... that makes your garden complete...that speaks to your soul

that makes your garden...well, yours.

It may or may not be easy to grow...mine often isn't. 

Your motivation for growing it may be of a practical nature

or a nostalgic one.  Medicinal or culinary.

It may produce all season long, or for an achingly brief period.

It can make you giddy or crazy.  Mine often makes me curse or sigh or marvel or boast.

I seldom cut it.  It is poisonous to consume.

Quite often it needs my support.

Always it needs my appreciation

and a deep understanding of its flaws
and sensibilities and preferences.  

I use its beautiful image on cards and stationery and ink stamps.

Over the years, it has become very personal to me.

If you don't have one
you simply must get one. (I hear they are all the rage this season...)

Truly, every gardener should have

A Signature Plant.

Can you guess what mine is?

May 1, 2012

Perennial Picks

If you didn't catch the plant names we featured on NewsChannel 4 yesterday afternoon, here's a list for you.  (I found all of these at HORN'S FARM AND SEED).

Creeping Veronica 'Sweet Lullaby'

Purple Coneflower

Dwarf Mexican Petunia

Yellow Evening Primrose

Tall Phlox 'Volcano'

Balloon Flower 

No staking, heat and drought tolerant... tough characters for Oklahoma gardens!