June 19, 2015

Garden Must-Haves on 4 YOUR GARDEN

As spring gives way to summer and cool mornings give way to steamy afternoons, our focus in the garden begins to shift...from early season garden planning, preparing and planting...to weeding, watering and hopefully, harvesting. Today on 4 YOUR GARDEN, LC  and I will be talking about new (and old and reliable) products and tools to help us in our summer gardens.

I have long been a fan of WORX TOOLS and have sung their praises before. My first acquisition was their edger trimmer.  Love that thing and would also love to have their newer version that replaces the old cadmium batter with the more efficient, lighter and longer lasting lithium...which my Worx blower DOES have. Love it too, and have talked countless others into getting one. Truly, a tool that can change a life. 

Now on my want list is their battery operated mower and edger/trimmer. 

I have enjoyed an exceptionally long season for cutting greens and lettuces because of the relatively cooler temps. Now, however, it's time to convert the lettuce quadrant in the potager into an herb quadrant...a mosaic of various heat-loving basils.
I was sent two All-American Selection winners to try:  DOLCE FRESCA a shorter, bushier variety and Basil PERSIAN with its promise of silvery lush green foliage.

Last year the PW folks sent me two new hydrangea varieties to test...and I am happy to do so. A plethora of new hydrangea introductions...tougher, later-blooming, more heat and drought tolerant...have come out recently and I feel certain they will live up to their hype.  I am still waiting for this year's bloom.

Soon to join my hydrangea collection?  INVINCIBELLE SPIRIT II, another PW offering; ...promising mammoth pink blooms on a rugged garden performer...the first pink Annabelle type smooth hydrangea. In addition, one dollar is donated to Breast Cancer Research with each plant purchase.

Multiple reasons to give it a go...find out more about it in this video HERE.

These are just some of the products and plants we'll be looking into on 4 YOUR GARDEN this afternoon. Join us, won't you?

June 14, 2015

Charming Bamboo Garden Cloches

 It takes more than a well curated plant collection to make a fetching garden... and give it its own distinctive personality; you know, pleasing details and special touches that make it distinctly one's own. 

Challenges and frustrations unique to a garden likewise contribute to its character and temperament. In my garden, vexation comes in the form of marauding squirrels and insidious fungal problems. In the Everest garden, it is hungry, nibbling rabbits that taunt the gardener...consuming buds just on the cusp of bloom and munching stems into leafless nubs.

To the rescue, however, comes the savvy gardener with an effective and delightful solution (and one of the most remarked on features of the Everest Garden.) 

from the UK's Gifts and Gardens.com.

 Various individual sizes for tasty flowers and veggies,


as well as tunnel forms for rows of succulent seedlings.

Woven just tightly enough to stop chewing rabbits, but not so tightly as to block out sun, light and air.

Their natural hue complements natural garden elements: stone and brick, delicate flora and fauna, branch and twig and moist earth.


A more than attractive solution to a pesky garden visitor looking for breakfast.

And yet another item(s) on my garden wish list. 

June 12, 2015

Magical Garden

Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden - in all the places.” 

It is, in my mind, the most coveted of qualities in a garden. Not a constant, but an ephemeral aura, that comes and goes...

with the morning light, with the dew, with the cool of the day and the beneficence of Mother Nature...

       made of healthy, joyful scents and sounds...buzzing and fluttering and                                                 hovering...suspended in fleeting moment, setting, breeze and romance.

Difficult, if not impossible, to achieve here in our Oklahoma gardens. 

Precious in its rarity, its artistry, 
its individuality. 

Ever elusive, ever transitory, 

garden magic.

It was my joy, privilege really, to collaborate with talented others on the design of such a garden...in preparation for the Nichols Hills Garden Tour 2015. 

A truly magical place. Inspired and tended by the owners' aesthetic: seed sown poppies and bachelor buttons, Queen Ann's Lace and Love in the Mist,

of fragrance and whimsy.

Blowzy hydrangeas and pots full of color

Mosses and lichens, tuteurs and birds bathing. Fairy tale cottage, of course.

Evergreen form and cascading color.

Azure water and accent. Bobbing blossoms and floral spire.

Such kindness to share their garden, to share the magic.

Prey tell. What would YOU have in your magical garden?