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Garden Photo of the Day

Garden Photo of the Day

Judy's garden in Oklahoma

comments (13) December 20th, 2012 in blogs
MichelleGervais Michelle Gervais, Senior Editor
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A bed of crepe myrtles provide great summer color.
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Arbor covered with morning glories and silver lace vine.
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My husband set a cedar post for a trumpet creeper to climb. We have had several people inquire what type of tree it is!
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Flower bed with a variety of drought tolerant flowers-front to back-homestead verbena, evening primrose, paprika yarrow, daisies, salvia, and a butterfly bush.
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Cockscomb tolerates heat very well.
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Our desert area containing many ornamental grasses and yucca.
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A happy little autumn sedum.
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A close up of morning glories.
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Red hot poker.
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A sweet potato vine container.
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Flower bed filled with lantana, salvia, butterfly weed and butterfly bushes.
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View across the yard.
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A bed of crepe myrtles provide great summer color.
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A bed of crepe myrtles provide great summer color.

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Photo: Courtesy of Judy Barton

First, sincere thanks to everyone for your kind words for the past few days. Newtown is suffering badly, but the amount of love and support we're receiving is astounding. We appreciate every word, thought, and prayer.

OK, back to gardens, which do their fair share to help us heal from the punches life throws at us. Today's photos are from Judy Barton in Oklahoma (check that state off the list!!). Judy says, "My garden is in northwestern Oklahoma. It is now asleep for the winter so I am sending summer photos to enjoy. I experience huge challenges for gardening. Summers are windy, blistering hot, and dry. Our soil is clay and has a rocky shelf close to ground level so growing trees is a challenge. Therefore 95% of my garden is full sun. When we moved here 20 years ago, there were 2 climbing roses and the yard was Bermuda grass with weeds that were three feet tall. My husband and I have replaced most of the grass with beds for flowering shrubs, perennials, and ornamental grasses. We had a drip system installed for the flowers and shrubs. It is a huge time saver and my plants really love it. My plan is to transition most of my garden to native and drought tolerant plants." Gorgeous, Judy. The trumpet vine with the orange chair is perfect!! Thanks for sharing.

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Comments (13)

cwheat000 writes: I love , love ,love the orange chair with the trumpet vine. I applaud your victory over the elements. Very nice! Posted: 6:29 pm on December 20th
heartinsa writes: Judy since you speak of the tornado last April, I assume the NW OK must be Woodward. I grew up there and still have most of my family there. You have a beautiful garden and I know too well the challenges of that part of the country when it comes to gardening. Sandy or caliche soil, temperature extremes, drought, thankfully few tornadoes. Posted: 1:15 pm on December 20th
NevadaSue writes: Just have to add: It's so fun to see how each person creates that special touch in their gardens. :) Posted: 11:22 am on December 20th
NevadaSue writes: Judy, You certainly have done a great job with all the challenges you face in the garden. I love the dry creek with the ornamental grasses and the smiling face under that beautiful sedum. Your trumpet vine inspires me to try one in my garden. That sweet potato vine is certainly flourishing under your loving care, I've never seen one so large. Thanks for sharing your garden with us and do send more. Posted: 11:18 am on December 20th
wittyone writes: The trumpet vine grown as a standard is really eye catching.

This summer on our way north we passed a similar one and like your inquirers my first thought was what kind of tree is that? It was blooming so prolifically and such an unusual color and time of year. On the way back home I looked again and realized what it was.

A trumpet vine "tree" is on my list of spring things to do here. Posted: 10:11 am on December 20th
dragonflylady writes: (from Judy) Thank you all for the complementary comments!
pattyspencer--It was a wonderful surprise when my vine bloomed, I had never had one bloom before.
queeniebelle--yes--it is a 'turkey' in the background. My day created it from a scoop shovel and a hammer!
tractor1--RE: the repaired fence. My neighborhood experienced the wrath of a tornado in April. Unlike many of my neighbors, my home was spared, but we had damage on our property. RE: the barrier--it is a cat fence. It is plastic mesh and we installed to keep our kitties in the yard so they can experience being outdoors but remain safe. Posted: 10:06 am on December 20th
trashywoman62 writes: Tractor1, the birdbath is actually on a stand, look below crepe myrtle branch...you can see base. I had to look twice too.

Judy, upon closer inspection, I see your archeological finds ;) (the misc. water pots) along the dry creek bed in the back of the 'desert' area photo!

Regina Posted: 9:59 am on December 20th
pattyspencer writes: Totally love your garden! The smiling rock under the sedum is just too cute! And I've never seen a sweet potato vine in bloom - didn't know they could do that (flower that is) I agree - more pictures please Posted: 9:11 am on December 20th
Queeniebelle writes: In the photo with crepe myrtles .... Is that a wild turkey in the back to the left along the fence.. Lol .
Beautiful garden. Can't wait for spring !!! Posted: 8:45 am on December 20th
tractor1 writes: Lovely display of morning glory and silver lace vine. All your plantings are not only winning out over the harsh conditions, they are flourishing in spite. I like your ground bird bath a lot. Your desert area is a great landscaping concept, only needs the obligatory dry poison water hole with skull and crossbones sign. Judy, please explain your repaired fence and what appears to be a wire barrier atop... looks like it's constructed to keep something in rather than out. Good photography, more please. Posted: 8:18 am on December 20th
meander1 writes: My goodness, Judy, you have certainly proved to be the victor in whatever battles you have waged with Oklahoma's challenging growing conditions. Everything looks lush and gorgeous. Your arbor covered with the morning glories and silver lace vine is the very definition of glorious! Your combo of the orange chair and color co-ordinated trumpet creeper would be an especially big hit here in East TN where orange and white are the school colors for our local Un. of TN.
I love every thing in every picture! Thanks! Posted: 7:53 am on December 20th
trashywoman62 writes: Wow, Judy! I think everything grows bigger in Oklahoma! The size of you clump of red hot pokers is impressive, as well as your morning glories! Just beautiful! And I love the creative tree of trumpet vine!

Thanks for sharing.
Regina Posted: 7:17 am on December 20th
Annedean writes: Love the abundance of flowers! Posted: 6:33 am on December 20th
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