August 31, 2015

Edible Landscape Ideas on 4 YOUR GARDEN

Want to grow some edibles at your apartment, on your balcony, or in a small space? We've got some ideas for you.  Enjoy the segment and I hope to see you at the Myriad Gardens URBAN HOMESTEAD Workshop on September 12. For details and to register by September 8 go here.


Date(s) - 09/12/2015
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Urban Homesteading Workshop
  • Saturday, September 12, 9:30am – 12:30pm
  • Children’s Garden and Terrace Room, meet in South Lobby
  • Members $20/Nonmembers $25
  • Register by Sept. 8
All About Backyard Chickens
Grow your own fresh eggs! Join Sara Braden, local farmer and chicken expert, as she discusses the ins and outs of raising chickens.
Education_backyard_rain barrells
Rain Barrel Demonstration
The OSU Office of Water Conservation will demonstrate how to build a simple rain barrel and send it home with one lucky participant. A great way to save and use water in your garden.
Edible Landscaping
Linda Vater, of Potager Garden Blog, will delight you with her design expertise and wit as she shares tips for creating a beautiful landscape incorporating edible plants.

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Summer Crumbles into Fall

I make no secret of my distaste for mid-late summer.  I am always happy to bid farewell to the extremes of an Oklahoma July and August...I readily admit to being a sissy Sooner in this regard. But I DO lament the passage of seasonal summer fruits and vegetables, especially peaches and blackberries and blueberries....

fruit which when at its best, is SUBLIME, and when pithy and poorly textured is, well, spit-out-worthy.

I am especially fond of crisps, crumbles and pies...all made with summer fresh fruit, of course.

Large pans of such are wonderful for a crowd or family dessert, but I like to have the crumbly topping on hand for individual portions whenever I get a hankering...for dessert or yes, breakfast...or when someone happens to surprise me with a succulent basket of height-of-the season peaches.

Consequently, I keep large batches of the crispy, crunchy, yummy topping in my freezer all summer long for large, OR individual  hankerings. 

I use the topping recipe from SKINNYTASTE'S Peach Blueberry Crisp:  

For the Topping:
  • 1 cup Quaker quick oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, not packed
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (half stick) butter, melted

SKINNY TASTE being my go-to resource for healthy summer eating these days. In my mind, the filling requires nothing more than a bit of water and honey to make it delicious enough to stand up to the crumbly topping.

Package up some of this crispy deliciousness, add some fresh fruit, and you have a wonderful hostess gift or picnic contribution.  ANY reason is a good excuse to rumble some crumble.  :)

AND, please join me on September 12  to discuss EDIBLE LANDSCAPING as part of Myriad Gardens's URBAN HOMESTEADING Workshop.  Register here by September 8 to participate. $25 non-members, $20 for members.

August 28, 2015

3 Ways to Use Tawny Yellow & Brown Tones this Fall

I have a thing for blankets...specifically cuddly warm throws. Stacks of them...preferaby an eye-pleasing selection from which to choose my blankie du jour. And since I am channeling those tawny beige, gold and brown tones from my recent Brown Canyon hike (here)...

THESE plaid comfies (a pop of orange doesn't hurt)  caught my eye...and would look scrumptious piled together next to the fireplace...inside OR out...just waiting to be plucked for a warm snuggle. Most in my existing collection are wool and cotton; wonderful, yes...but wouldn't a cashmere addition be peachy?

I've got my eye on some of the buff colored cashmere throws from P A R A C H U T E Luxury Bedding (here).  What an indulgent addition it would be to my pile. (When helping to style a clients outdoor living space, especially if they have a pool, I suggest they switch out their mounds of beach towels with a collection of multiple throws). 

Yellow or yellow-gold are not colors I typically gravitate towards in my wardrobe.  But the hues looked so appealing in nature, I thought maybe I should reexamine their possibilities in my attire.

A quick spin around Pinterest and the web proved that the combo works (yellow + khaki = a great ensemble). 

Consequently, I'll be mining my closet for golden yellow tones to marry with beige-y neutrals and rich deep browns...pairings that prior to my hike I really hadn't considered much.

I spotted a fabulous large stand of Moonbeam Yarrow in Salida...a plant I no longer grow because of its space requirements.  I do recall
seeing it in a dried state at Whole Foods though and think I'll pick some up...

to mix with the remaining fresh rudbeckia

 and arching sprays of oat grass in my
own garden...

to fill the pitcher on my kitchen table or
perhaps adorn a late summer, early fall wreath.

Three ways I'm bringing home a bit of Rocky Mountain inspiration.
What would you do with these classic colors?

August 23, 2015

Tawny Tones of Brown and Yellow

Inspiration for ________ this fall....

I look forward to filling in the

August 22, 2015

Russian Sage (Advice)

Perovskia atriplicifolia

One would think that the longer one gardened the more varieties of plants one would wouldn't one? 

Well....not necessarily so in this gardener's case. When I first started to garden, anything and everything...from lupines and delphiniums to phormium and agaves... was on my plant list and (for VERY brief spells) in my flower beds. Over the years, for reasons practical and horticultural and personal....

I have drastically reduced and edited my plant list...and quite frankly, some of my horticultural ambitions. Some, I no longer grow not because I can't......but because out of deference and respect for the plant itself, and its own very specific aesthetic sensibility...    


Take, for example, the sheer lavender brilliance of Russian Sage, Perovskia. A Prussian-blue meets lavender perennial that greets me at most every corner here in Salida, CO. The light, the space, the aridity, the drainage, the very attitude of Colorado is just made for this spikey gray bloomer...and vice versa. In my small urban OKC flower border, I cannot easily provide any of these conditions ...just great affection and admiration for its potential; alas, something never fully realized in my home garden, where it grew lanky and sullen from too much water and too little sun and space.

 Quite simply,  I just couldn't do this handsome plant justice, and now feel I do it a disservice to try.

Better to savor it in a happy home, where it flourishes, waves, sprawls and dances... hosting no end of pollinators and winged visitors who, like me, are also great admirers of its color, shape and personality.

I simply added it to a list of other plants...not failures so gardening companions (so to speak) with whom given my situation I just wasn't well suited...and they for me. I still love and appreciate and admire, and even covet them a bit...

but no longer am driven to possess or cultivate. I consider it advancement along a learning curve...this acknowledgment of things, like a tattoo or a bikini or even an extra large Christmas tree...for which I am not now suited...but am happy to admire elsewhere.