Posts Tagged ‘oklahoma gardening’

If all else fails….

May 16, 2013

You have to be more than just a little crazy to garden in Oklahoma; the only thing you can predict here is that the weather will be unpredictable. But since my glass is usually half full, I’m loving our rain, and mild temperatures and I feel so sure that I’m going to have lots of fruit & veggies, and this time, my mailbox flowerbed will last more than one season.

I went to check on the mailbox flowerbed – I just wanted to see if there were puddles after the showers because I don’t want my new plants to drown. Look what I found….

TiekaaMail

International Mail!! Don’t you just love when you find something in the mailbox, and you know right away it isn’t junk mail or a bill? I turn the envelope over and over – checking out the foreign stamp, and wondering how many places and hands it passed through on its way to me. Finally, I get to the kitchen table, fix a quick mug of tea (not quite enough patience to brew a pot) and sit down to open my surprise.

TiekaaCress

Yeay! Cress seeds!! All the way from Sweden. Now I can grow something on my windowsill and if the weather turns against me outside, I’ll still have a lush green patch indoors…. and I shall have the finest egg salad sandwiches ever :o)

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Fruits of Our Labour

May 15, 2013

I got a good workout carrying a watering can full of a solution with feed & bug protection to each of the nut & fruit trees at the bottom of our yard. This stuff is expensive, but I used it on the peaches last year and they did much better despite the drought. I’m late with the treatment but no choice since I’ve been recovering from a shoulder surgery. In fact, I think this is the first time this year I’ve walked all the way out here and inspected our little orchard.

All three apple trees have teensy fruit on them:

Apple in May

But there’s only a few treasures on one of the two peach trees:

Peach in May

The largest pecans have tassel-like flowers – are they flowers? I don’t know. I’m hoping that these will give us some nuts at last. We planted the pecans as 12″ twigs about 12 years ago, and babied them as best we could; I’d like to see some fruit from our labour……

Pecan in May