June 22, 2013

Meadowbrook Acres Garden Tour

Allow me, if you will, to say this about that. 

If you don't go to the Meadowbrook Acres Garden Tour tomorrow, SUNDAY, JUNE 23, between noon and five o'clock you will be sorry.

You will miss some of the most interesting, innovative ideas in gardening and architecture that OKC has to offer.

The cannas alone are reason enough to attend. (I can attest to that, as I got a preview of the gardens and took lots of pictures to titillate you.)

So don your sunscreen and hat, grab your camera and water bottle

and be prepared to record lots of gardening tips, tricks and techniques that you will want to use in your own landscape.

Anybody who's anybody will be there  :)

June 21, 2013

Summer Annuals That Can Beat the Heat

The first 100 degree temp for 2013 is now in the forecast. Still have planting to do for some summer color? For recommendations on annuals that can really beat the heat join Linda Cavanagh and me on NewsChannel 4 today at 4:30. Hope you can join us!

June 16, 2013

Chamomile Lawn in Oklahoma?

When asked certain things...like how this or that plant will grow in Oklahoma...I most often respond...that we can grow anything in Oklahoma; but it won't necessarily like it... and if it does... it probably won't last very long.  No secret to anyone who gardens in this state.

There are exceptions of course.  Virginia creeper, trumpet vine, vinca major...nut grass.  You know, THOSE lovelies.

But there are others too, and one of those others for me is chamomile (because it self seeds rather aggressively, with reckless and, sometimes, marvelous abandon).

I finally learned to let it escape the confines of the herb garden...

and play with the tulips and pansies of spring. It's delicacy and airiness and innocence is just the thing...

to elevate the beauty of everything around it.

I've also learned to let it travel where it may. Sometimes briefly; sometimes for an extended stay.

One of its destinations is to settle in between the pavers and gravel in the back dining area.

But as it matures, it gets too tall and lanky for my taste.

I've tried cutting it back to manage its height and thicken its provenance...a la

a chamomile lawn...or bench...

as at Vita Sackville-West's Sissinghurst (here), but it

hasn't resulted in the look I'm going for.

When all else failed, I consulted the omniscient Google-One and discovered that I had not been growing the appropriate variety to achieve the prostrate, low-growing look I wanted to achieve.

I found good information at Seedaholic (here) and discovered the secret---a different variety of seed that doesn't flower as heavily, but grows shorter and with more density.

The answer: 

I need to plant 
Roman Chamomile Seed(here) or Johnny's Roman Chamomile Seed (here) as opposed to the German chamomile I have been cultivating so far.

All of this reading and virtual exploring is sending me down the proverbial rabbit hole...

where I will undoubtedly encounter a Mad Hatter,

at a chamomile tea party,

of course.