Garden Photo of the Day

Gail’s garden in Oklahoma

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Gail Wynne

Today’s photos are from Gail Wynne in Oklahoma. She says, “I’m a self-taught backyard gardener in north central Oklahoma. I learned a great deal reading Fine Gardening.

‘Katy Road Pink’ rose. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Gail Wynne

“This is my 9th season in this garden, which is a mix of flowering shrubs, perennials, herbs, and vegetables with a few annuals dotted in–who can live without caladiums? The garden house was built in the spring of 2007. My husband designed it that winter when it was too cold to play golf.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Debra Mitchell

“As a child my grandmother turned her wash house on the farm over to her 6 granddaughters as a playhouse. This is my garden version of those wonderful memories. It’s the focal point of my garden and the backdrop for garden parties.”

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Gail Wynne

That garden house is straight out of a fairy tale, Gail! But we need to see MUCH MORE of your garden. Send more, please! **Gail has a blog/online garden journal! Check it out HERE.**


Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Gail Wynne

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***One more thing…..have you always wondered what your fellow GPODers are like in person? Never thought you’d get a chance to meet them? Check this out…. While the GPOD isn’t officially a taunton forum, it’s close enough, and I wanted to extend the invite. Anybody at all interested? I’d be willing to search for some gardens to tour…

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Gail Wynne
A picture of my annual church “Good News Easter Egg Hunt”. With the cool spring the garden is about 2 weeks behind normal. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Gail Wynne
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Gail Wynne

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  1. user-1020932 05/22/2013

    great garden! i think i want to live in the garden house. always love to see children in a garden but an easter egg hunt would probably make me crazy :) i will say that the tulip photo is the BEST spring photo i have ever seen.

  2. user-1020932 05/22/2013

    great blog/photography too,,, i just checked it out. that mystery orchid is Bletilla striata i have them here as well as the white one and enjoy them both but they get frosted some years here. bookmarked the blog for further reading!

  3. bee1nine 05/22/2013

    Gail, So welcoming and charming is your garden house! Would
    love to see inside!!
    Love the touch of romance added in your flair of gardening,
    too. All lovely!! What fun it would be to party there!
    Thank you for sharing!!

  4. bsavage 05/22/2013

    Your garden is beautiful, Gail! Hope you are okay with all the terrible weather your area has had!

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    meander_michaele 05/22/2013

    Gail, your garden house and surrounding plantings are perfection and please pass along sincerest compliments to your husband for his designer talents. You are a formidable and impressive twosome.
    Your blog is a delight and I'm still smiling (after tearing up a time or two) from reading the saga of beautiful Megan and her handsome prince charming, JP.
    Yes, I hope you will share more pictures with us
    gpod-ers...we're insatiable! Now I'm off to continue reading more of your blog.

  6. mainer59 05/22/2013

    Your garden is story book perfect. It looks like it popped out of a magazine page (one of Fine Gardenings competitors that focuses on garden buildings and other amenities). You have the best of both worlds, horticultural knowledge of how to grow plants and design ability to put together your dream. I hope the terrible weather in Oklahoma did not destroy any of your vision.

  7. cwrosten 05/22/2013

    Judging by the cakes, it must have been a wedding reception.
    What a perfect setting!

  8. terieLR 05/22/2013

    Hi Gail, I loved the wedding story on your blog. (and a peek into the inside of that well designed garden house!) Your garden is such a beautiful setting for gatherings. What a wonderful tribute to your childhood memories.
    We are all thinking of and praying for Oklahoma.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 05/22/2013

    lovely garden! Your tree peony looks like the one I have, yachiyo tsubake. Strangely, as it has aged, it has developed two slightly different colored fowers: a paler and a darker version. Is that what I see in your photo or have the flowers just aged?

  10. briandowns 05/22/2013

    Looks like with this delightful setting, one can have his cake and eat it too!

  11. GailBW 05/22/2013

    Thank you everyone for your lovely comments and your concerns for Oklahoma. I'm about 2 hours north of Moore so we are fine here. Friends and their families in Moore are fine though being a small state we all know someone who knows someone who lost everything. It's been a tough few days.

    My tree peony for now seems to be all the same color still except it does change a bit at the different stages of blooming. That's one of the things I love about gardening - you never know what you'll find on your morning walk.

    Thank you for the orchid name - I'll make a note. Also thanks for reading the blog. I started it when the adult daughter of my former next door neighbor asked me to blog in order to teach her about gardening. It's a fun recap of my gardening week at the end of the weekend.

    I think I'm going to love being part of this online gardening community. I'll send more pictures soon, but now am off to harvest lettuce and arugula for my local client choice food pantry.

  12. tractor1 05/22/2013

    That's a marvelous garden house. I'd like to see more of the garden and especially the veggies. Thank you Gail.

  13. GardenersWK 05/22/2013

    Love your garden and love your blog! I know what I am going to do tonight after the kids go to bed!
    Thanks for sharing your garden with all of us!

  14. cwheat000 05/22/2013

    Gail, your garden is stunning. Martha Stewart has nothing on you. You have some real designing talent. From reading you blog, I also know it is not just a photo shoot or done by a team of professionals. Kids and family really use it and you have some really extreme weather in Oklahoma. It is even more amazing it looks so good. I am so glad to here you were not hit by the last round of tornados. I heard the area could have some more bad weather. I hope you and your garden are safe. Your blog is such a wonderful read. It sounds like you are a beautiful person too. You have no fear of failure or hard work, and family and faith seem to be your focus. You epitomize everything we love about the heartland of America. I liked the picture on your blog, of the freezing wet leaves and the wheelbarrow. It is the before picture we all have to deal with every spring. Your after shots are all amazing too. I hope you send more pictures in the future.

  15. GailBW 05/23/2013

    Thank you. Oklahoma is a great place to garden - 9 month growing season - and every conceivable kind of weather in that time. The Heartland is a wonderful part of the country. But isn't "blooming where we're planted" what it's all about. Thanks for reading the blog.

  16. ancientgardener 05/23/2013

    Lovely, lovely Gail. That rose by the garden house is breath-taking. I am wondering if your husband built the garden house as well as designing it. At any rate, Michelle's comment that it was straight out of a fairy tale was right on. Now to your blog for more delights. Thanks for sharing.

  17. trashywoman62 05/23/2013

    I know I am way late but had to chime in on Gail's beautiful garden! And I loved your blog, wonderful photos! And your variety of colors in the tulip photo is so dreamy! What a wonderful setting for a garden party.

    I am so glad you missed the storms on Monday! I just drove back from visiting my daughter in Junction City, KS on Monday evening, watching my back all the way home and listening to the news about the tornado. You guys are in our thoughts!

    Can't wait to see more and welcome to our delightful, little group!

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  20. Meelianthus 04/16/2014

    Hello Gail ~ Your gardens are just gorgeous and your love of gardening shows at every turn. I was enthralled with your blog. How long have you been keeping it? I did read thru a great portion of it and found it so heart-warming, delightful, entertaining, and informative. What a wonderful gardening/family life you have had. All I can add is WOW! Your family is very fortunate to have all of that history written by you. Happy continued gardening for you and your husband.

  21. Meelianthus 04/16/2014

    Hello Gail ~ I posted a message for you but mistakenly posted it on your 2013 GPOD as I was looking at it at that time. Hope you will find it as I really enjoyed your blog. Thanks

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