I believe one of the biggest problems I face as an Oklahoma gardener is when to actually start my vegetable garden. Spring weather here can be very violent, and just yesterday we got hail and a near miss from a tornado. Fortunately, the hail we got here was not that large but only a few miles away the hailstones were the size of baseballs. It’s not difficult to imagine what hail of that size could do to young plants.
You really cannot expect the spring storm season to end until June, but of course by then you’re already a month or more behind in your gardening. So it really is a gamble every year, trying to get the garden in while hoping the weather won’t make all your efforts wasted.
I got up early this morning and put in some more flower starts, this time along the edging of my vegetable garden beds. I will plant some ornamental corn in this space, once the weather and soil warms up a little more.
Purchased some more flower starts and got them planted in the front yard flower beds. Barring some disaster like a late freeze or June bug infestation, that should take care of all my flower bed plantings. It looks skimpy now, but by mid-summer everything will fill out nicely. And by autumn, it should be a riot of overgrown plants and blooms.
Here’s a photo of a red maple tree I planted in the front yard about 5 years ago. Can you guess where I hammered tree fertilizer stakes into the ground last autumn?
Every fall and winter I keep potted pansies and violas in the front flower beds, and this spring I have a couple of voluntary plants blooming. I will work around them as I put in my marigolds and zinnias.
Supposedly, I am too far north for daisies to be a perennial but it seems that my front flower bed is a sort of micro-climate which allows some of them to survive the winter. And it’s been such a mild, warm spring that I already have a bloom.
And finally, I also have my first rose bloom, with several more buds forming.
I’ve planted my moonflower and morning glory starts. The moonflowers seem to be doing alright, but the shock of going outdoors seems to have been a bit too harsh for the morning glories. Not sure if they’re going to survive the transition. If I have to, I will sow more morning glories directly outdoors.
I also went to my favorite local plant nursery, to get more flowers for the spring planting. They don’t have zinnias in yet, so I will have to go back in a few days.
Meanwhile, the Dianthus flowers I planted in 2014 are blooming like crazy.