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January 23, 2020
JANUARY 17, 2020
It’s great weather to check out the new gardening catalogs that are arriving in the mail. Most seed/plant catalogs are also online. The main thing I would recommend is to look for plants that have been grown in our same zone 7 or hotter – not colder – areas. Plants, especially, grown in northern areas just cannot survive our Oklahoma heat, wind, and constantly changing weather. I have; however, had good luck with plants grown in Florida, Texas, etc. They still need to be recommended for zone 7, and I have quite a few zone 8 plants that do well in southern Oklahoma – unless we have one of those days when it goes from 78 degrees in the morning to 28 with freezing rain and ice that afternoon (that has happened), and they haven’t had a chance to go dormant first. Sometimes it’s worth the risk, though!
Have a great week and Happy Gardening!!! Pat
January 07, 2020
Happy New Year!!! Pat
I have absolutely loved the rains this past week in Southern Oklahoma! It went from 112 degree heat index one day to 79 degrees the next. I’m afraid the only problem is that when the temperatures go back up, probably in only a few days, it will feel even hotter. Oh well, every little bit of rain and cooler temperatures help us and the plants. You gotta love Oklahoma weather!!!
If you are near Ardmore and are interested in taking a Master Gardener class, there will be one beginning September 5th through December 19th on Thursdays from 6-9 at the beautiful OSU-IAB building east of Ardmore. You can call the OSU Extension Office to enroll at 580-223-6570. Have a great week and Happy Gardening! Pat
My excuse for not pulling weeds all summer was that it was just too hot. Now, it is just too cold, rainy, and windy.
The article I attached on CMBS – Crepe Myrtle Bark Scale – is relevant now because I have seen quite a lot of it on Crepe Myrtles this summer and fall. The good news is, it won’t kill your Crepe Myrtles and it doesn’t affect other plants in your landscape. The bad news is, it will look really ugly and get worse and spread to other Crepe Myrtles if not controlled. The tiny little insects that cause CMBS can be easily spread by wind, and we all know we have plenty of that. The best thing to do is catch the next warm, sunny day (for your sake), get a bucket with Dawn added to it and a scrub brush, and remove as much scale and sooty mold as possible. Treat with Dormant Oil Spray at the recommended winter rate as soon as the leaves fall from your Crepe Myrtles. Make sure you get good coverage, and treat every other month until leaves appear next spring.
It seems the rains have finally come to an end, and very hot temperatures are predicted for the coming weeks. It’s time to just leave the hoses out, because they will need to be used often.
I have quite a few flowers blooming right now, and the cooler weather this week is certainly making it easier to do needed maintenance in the garden. The main things that need to be done are weeding (always), deadheading, and watering. The Garden Phlox are starting to have less blooms, so I am cutting them back and they will put out new growth and blooms. This is the first year that I’ve had quite a bit of powdery mildew on the leaves because it has been so wet. It will not harm the plants – just looks a little bad. Keep everything deadheaded if you want annuals and perennials to keep blooming until frost. I see new seedlings of zinnias and cleome coming up to take the place of older plants that can be removed when they look really sad from the long Oklahoma summer. Most plants can just be cut back by about 1/3 and given a good watering and shot of fertilizer in the form of fish emulsion, seed weed extract, or compost tea in order to revive them and keep them blooming until frost. Happy Summer Gardening!!! Pat
Lucky you if you were under the right cloud at the right time and have gotten some showers recently. There was a really nice rain yesterday 4 miles from me; however, I didn’t get any! Guess I’ll be dragging hoses today – that’s my least favorite thing to do in August for sure! Happy Gardening and Stay Cool!!! Pat