OKLAHOMA ARTICLE ARCHIVE

Below you will find our growing collection of Oklahoma-specific articles. Enjoy!

JARED DEAN WEST

A bucket list of growing tips Story and Photos by Maureen Heffernan Five generations of his family, beginning with his great-great-grandfather, have farmed and gardened on Jared Dean West’s 102 acres in Ada. Of this acreage, 52 acres were part of the original Indian allotment lands of the late 1800s. His great-great-grandfather made his way …

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PERUVIAN LILY

Story and Photo by Russell Studebaker As a cut flower, Peruvian lily (Alstroemeria) has long been a favorite of florists as a cut flower. And now hardy cultivars, such as ‘Inca Ice’, extend their use in our gardens. This cultivar has been bred for large blooms on shorter, compact stems, which gives long-lasting blooms from mid-summer …

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CAPSICUM ANNUM AWESOME!

Growing your own banana peppers in Oklahoma Story by Maureen Heffernan If you have full sun in a location, you can grow peppers – sweet or hot. While sweet bell peppers are the most popular pepper, there are so many others to try – like banana peppers. Banana peppers are very easy to grow and …

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BLACK HEART

Is it a vine or a conqueror? Story by Schroeder Wilson Photo by Pat Drackett There was no doubt about it – this was a treasure to be had for just a little inconvenience. The driver hit the brake quickly, jerking the whole truck to a complete stop. The object of my desire was sitting …

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CURBSIDE CREATIONS

Give careful thought and planning to what you plant by the street Story and Photos by Susan Jasan As a garden spills over the curb, there seems to be a sort of magic that draws the viewer toward the landscape. The lushness of Lantana exploding in full sun with colorful blooms and butterflies dancing all …

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NEW WAYS WITH ANNUALS

Tips for getting more creative with these one-season wonders Story and Photos by Dee A. Nash Instead of planting the same old bedding plants at the edge of the garden in a ribbon of monotonous color, why not try something new this year? Although blocks or strips of annual color are one way to plant, …

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Photo by John Tullock.

CHINESE GROUND ORCHID

Story by Russell Studebaker One doesn’t usually think of orchids growing outside in Oklahoma; however, the hardy Chinese orchid is an exception, and after a few years, clumps of this perennial can become so vigorous in the garden that division may become necessary. Some years ago, I saw a planting in Tulsa that had was …

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HOT STUFF!

Growing hot peppers at home in Oklahoma Story by Dee A. Nash, Photos by Bob Westerfield Hot peppers sport names as interesting as their flavors and colors. From the medium-hot ‘Bishop’s Crown’ to the exceedingly hot ‘Carolina Reaper’, there’s a hot pepper to suit anyone’s taste buds. One way to decide which hot peppers to …

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