If I keep a green
bough in my heart, the singing bird will come. - Chinese
Gardening Forum: garden Web forum for Oklahomans.
Garden Clubs: Some have websites, some don't, but all
have phone numbers and addresses.
Gardening Show: Weekly on PBS, catch it Sat. at 11 AM or Sunday
at 3:30 PM.
Container Garden Tips
Gardener Events Calendar: Hosted by the Oklahoma Myriad
Oklahoma Gardener's Guide by Steve Dobbs: Buy it online at
Oklahoma Horticultural Society:
Amateurs and professionals united by a common interest in
horticulture and fine gardening.
Oklahoma Invasive Plants: Invasive plants such as Sericea
lespedeza and eastern red cedar and impacts upon rangelands, forests, steam banks and floodplains.
expects an Oklahoma August rain shower
rumbled on in, filled with power.
After a hot
dry July, summer’s bane
to get just more of the same.
of rain makes the air smell so sweet
out on the cooled porch is such a treat.
From 100 to
80 degrees in the blink of an eye
unexpected shower was not the least bit shy.
system will get a rest
God’s watering is always the best.
He gave the
trees a long deep drink
continues to pour down as I gaze out over the kitchen sink.
have now passed by
And wisps of
blue trail across the Oklahoma sky.
The birds are
singing after a nice long bath
And we’ve all
escaped at least one day of summer’s wrath.
Oklahoma Master Gardeners: FAQs, gardener program training information.
Oklahoma Native Plant Society
Extension fact Sheets: Research-based information on a wide
variety of subjects in regard to agriculture.
OHS Garden Tour for Garden Plant Connoisseurs
Noble Foundation Plant
Photo Gallery: Includes over 600 species of vascular plants for
Texas and Oklahoma.
Ponca City Oklahoma
Annual Herb Festival
Plants of Oklahoma: catalog from Oklahoma Biological Survey.
Marcum's Nursery, Norman and
Oklahoma City: Always helpful, wonderful selection and they
deliver plants to anywhere in Oklahoma.
TLC Nursery: Beautiful
plants at a price, and I always seem to have trouble finding anyone
to talk to /or answer my questions. Still, they were the only place
in central Oklahoma with Pee Gee tree hydrangeas and Rugosa roses.
Birds of Oklahoma Field Guide: Buy it at amazon.
Butterflies of Oklahoma: from USGS Northern prairie wildlife
Butterflies and the
Plants that Attract them
Monarch Butterfly Watch
squirrels have now been caught
But now 2
more have found the home they sought.
Each time one
is moved to its new country home
to dig in my soft garden loam.
My goal is to
shrink their number.
So that I can
worries of squirrels in the attic
Or chewing my
young trees and making me frantic.
Texas Butterfly Gardening: the life history of butterflies,
their food needs and the garden plants that attract them.
Texas Gardener Magazine
Neil Sperry's Gardens:
NE Texas Gardening Tips: Trees & Shrubs
Super Star Plants: facts and pictures on top Texas garden performers.
song of the wind chime
As I sit in
the window, passing time
Gazing at a
garden bathed in soft morning light
the beauty of the sound, the sight.
evident in every flower
appreciated gentle rain shower.
cardinal, jay, finch, and dove
swooping, gliding though the air above.
Common Name Index
Oils: Aromatherapy and essential oils.
Herb Research Foundation:
Scientific information on herbal plant health benefits and safety.
Expertise in sustainable botanical resource development.
Herbal Medicine Center: News, recipes, and store.
Herbmed: Electronic herb
database with access to scientific data underlying the use of herbs
in healthcare. Impartial, evidence based information resource
provided by the nonprofit Alternative Medicine Foundation, Inc.
Mini-Course: From James A. Duke, Ethnobotanist and Agricultural
Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
I sleep, rest
and sleep some more…
everything seems such a chore.
Why am I so
deadly tired this week?
In my dreams
its cool days and shade I seek.
blistering summer sun beats down each day
And I try so
hard to stay out of its way.
“must” be watered, trash taken out
I must go to
the bank, store, and about.
Just a few
minutes to pull a weed, cut some flowers…
God how I
pray for thunder showers.
months of this stretches ahead.
thought makes me want to take to my bed.
summers were so cool and mild,
summers would tire even a child.
Organic shade grown coffee: Why you should be drinking it and
how its helping to save the rain forests.
Bat House Builder's Handbook:
Building plans and explanations as to why bats are so important
in natural pest control.
and Pest Insects Photos What is in your garden?: From Clemson
University in South Carolina.
Composting: How to compost
garden and food wastes using Red Wiggler and Earth Worms
Common-Sense Pest Control: Least
Toxic Solutions for your Home, Compost Bin, Garden, Pets and Community
Dirt Doctor: Information
and Advice on Natural Gardening and Living
Center: Organic gardening forum.
Gardens Alive :Beneficial
garden insects, alternative pesticide and organic garden products.
Green Landscaping with
gardening FAQS: Soil, composting, worms, plant nutrition, botany, diseases
and pests, weeds and wildlife gardens.
articles, community forum, shopping and recipes.
Pesticide Action Network
Pesticides, Human Health
and the Environment
Pets and Pesticide Toxicity
Council : She started it all with "Silent Spring" which awoke
the country to the dangers of DDT and other pesticides.
Identification Photo Gallery: From UC IPM online.
Organic Gardening References
American Rose Society
The Rosarian: Devoted to
roses and those who love them.
Audubon Backyard: Ways to make your garden more hospitable for
birds and other wildlife. Read articles online.
Birds and Blooms
Day Lily Society
Online discussion group devoted to hydrangeas.
Midwest Living Magazine: Large online garden section devoted to
Plant Amnesty: their Mission is
to end the senseless torture and mutilation of trees and shrubs.
Plants with Ancient
You Grow Girl: Fun garden
site with Blog, plant journals, sharing of garden news and ideas.
Online Garden Shopping
Antique Rose Emporium:
Order online or visit their two Texas rose display gardens.
Crickett Hill Garden:
Specializes in peonies, including
terrific tree peony selections.
David Austin Roses: Cannot understand why, but they are
difficult to find in Oklahoma, if not impossible. Absolutely
gorgeous old world shapes and very fragrant repeat bloomers. Must be
ordered online or by catalog for bare root delivery in early spring.
Not all do well in our hot, humid climate. I have had luck with Mary
Rose, Gertrude Jekyll, Abraham Darby, Bianca, and Graham Thomas.
They need full sun to avoid black spot and lots of growing room -
except for the small Bianca.
Fine Garden Products:
For gardeners that aren't on a budget.
Gardener's Supply Company:
Wonderful website and catalog with everything from garden clogs to
Golden Port Tree Peonies
High Country Gardens:
Specializes in xeriscape gardening, low water, drought tolerant plants.
American Seeds: Conservancy source for native flower and grass
Van Bourgondien Wholesale
available only for garden design consultants, contractors, and nurseries- wholesale
Wayside Gardens: friendly
knowledgeable people out of North Carolina. Their website shopping
and pictures is even better than the Wayside catalog.
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