June 20, 2012

Happiness Revealed

Sheer loveliness.  Listen. Wonder. Be grateful.

 ( click  here to watch)

June 19, 2012

Wee Be Little Pumpkins

Let's be honest.  A lot of gardening is just not fun

So I think it imperative that every so often, in between pest identification and double digging (does anyone still do this?)...we plant something that is just, well, a kick!  To make us smile...to delight us...to make us feel as if we are kiddie gardeners again

in sheer wonderment that nature can DO such things.

Consequently, if you haven't done it before, I highly recommend you try growing Wee Be Little pumpkins (find the seed here)

simply because it is so darn fun...so darn easy.

I grow mine in a large terra-cotta bean pot in the middle of the potager circle, a prime focal spot. 

This elevates them just enough to tend them without back strain (always a good thing) and gives them an importance and grace I find very charming.

I train them on a tee pee of tall bamboo, securing the long vines with appropriately colored orange raffia. 

The orange of the raffia

and the golden yellow of the blossoms

makes me happy.

And for so little effort.

If some of the leaves start looking ratty or torn, I pinch them off. There are more than enough leaves on the three vines in the pot to feed and shade the fruit...which like some exposure anyway.

Of course, I don't mind the petite little things poking their heads through either. 

Each morning, coffee in hand I visit them to see how much the vines and baby pumpkins have grown.

How they might need protecting, cosseting, nurturing.

You may have noticed their companions...a few nasturtiums growing and climbing along with them.

Though, actually, they trail rather than climb...so as to keep any fussing between them to a minimum.

I love the way their large leaves contrast with the tiny, glossy leaves of the boxwood...which I carefully monitor as well to ensure they are not suffocated by their larger leafy brethren.

The old bean pot itself is a beautiful thing...just the right amount of aging and crackling and mossiness to make the whole composition perfect. 

I continue each day to tie on the fleshy stems.

More touches of orange to peak through.

Hopefully, more and more little babies hanging from their supports.

Each day, more joy, more fun.

MUCH joy, MUCH fun, in such a tiny little package.

There's still plenty of time...for you to plant a little fun, my dears.

June 17, 2012

COLOR is the New Black

COLOR is the new black.  

I'm sure you've noticed. 

Gorgeous color in pastel, neon, jewel and primary tones are everywhere.

Your personal favorite(s)? 

If you're like me, it's probably the one (or the combo) you saw last... in a store display, on a color-blocked outfit... on a magazine cover. 

Hands down the most colorific publication I've seen lately is HGTV magazine, companion to HGTV, the popular home and garden cable channel.

Zippy, fun, chock full of ideas and how-to's  and ... did I say color?  Just in case you need inspiration coloring in your perfect home and garden spaces.

You can subscribe to it here or find it at your local newsstand.

Yours truly wrote the article 'your good to know summer garden guide...with tips for growing some easy and colorful garden bloomers.

You might want to pick up a copy.  It's a great way to satisfy your color-tooth without having to

paint your toenails lime green. 

Yet another good thing to know...

I thought I'd share with you.  :)

June 8, 2012

Going to Seed

It's official.  The first six months of 2012 were the warmest first half of the year ever recorded here in Oklahoma.

Such things have consequences... like the fact that many of our spring lovelies have already finished blooming and have now gone to seed.

Hopefully you remembered to somehow distinguish the blue larkspur from the pink, and the purple columbine from the yellow. (Then again, maybe you have a better memory than I.

My experience tells me that I can't trust my recollections as to what color what was where, so I must mark the blooms and their hues to tell them apart come seed collection time.

These little key tags work quite nicely for this, don't you think? 

If you'd like to hear more about seeds and how to collect and package them, join me and Linda today on NewsChannel 4 at 4:30.