Garden Photo of the Day

Judy’s garden in Oklahoma

A bed of crepe myrtles provide great summer color.
Photo/Illustration: 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!!).

Arbor covered with morning glories and silver lace vine. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Judy Barton

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.

My husband set a cedar post for a trumpet creeper to climb. We have had several people inquire what type of tree it is! Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Judy Barton

“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.”

Flower bed with a variety of drought tolerant flowers-front to back-homestead verbena, evening primrose, paprika yarrow, daisies, salvia, and a butterfly bush. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Judy Barton

Gorgeous, Judy. The trumpet vine with the orange chair is perfect!! Thanks for sharing.

Cockscomb tolerates heat very well. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Judy Barton
Our ‘desert’ area containing many ornamental grasses and yucca. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Judy Barton
A happy little autumn sedum. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Judy Barton
A close up of morning glories. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Judy Barton
Red hot poker. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Judy Barton
A sweet potato vine container. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Judy Barton
Flower bed filled with lantana, salvia, butterfly weed and butterfly bushes. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Judy Barton
View across the yard. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Judy Barton

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  1. Annedean 12/20/2012

    Love the abundance of flowers!

  2. trashywoman62 12/20/2012

    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.

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    meander_michaele 12/20/2012

    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!

  4. tractor1 12/20/2012

    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.

  5. Queeniebelle 12/20/2012

    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 !!!

  6. pattyspencer 12/20/2012

    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

  7. trashywoman62 12/20/2012

    Tractor1, the birdbath is actually on a stand, look below crepe myrtle 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!


  8. dragonflylady 12/20/2012

    (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.

  9. wittyone 12/20/2012

    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.

  10. NevadaSue 12/20/2012

    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.

  11. NevadaSue 12/20/2012

    Just have to add: It's so fun to see how each person creates that special touch in their gardens. :)

  12. heartinsa 12/20/2012

    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.

  13. cwheat000 12/20/2012

    I love , love ,love the orange chair with the trumpet vine. I applaud your victory over the elements. Very nice!

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