We survived another dose of triple-digit temperatures last week that put new stress on Oklahoma plants.
It is amazing the difference in how much extra water our flowers, veggies and trees need when dehydrating at 100 degrees as opposed to even the cooler 90 degrees of this last weekend. We are headed from hot, dry weather toward the cooler fall weather of hardy mums, pansies, kale and cabbage and overseeding lawns with tall fescue. If you have sustained your plants with some extra watering, many of your existing plants will perk up with the cooler day and night temperatures. Many plants will give you a burst of new growth and flowers from now until the first hard freeze in early November. Even my tomatoes are back to producing flowers and small fruit, an indication of better times ahead.
After two tough challenging summers in a row you are likely ready to enjoy some beautiful Oklahoma gardens where you can get some good garden design ideas, learn what plants are performing best and just enjoy the opportunity to visit with fellow Oklahoma plant lovers.
The Oklahoma Horticulture Society, our state's leading group of plant lovers, hosts an annual “Garden Tour for Connoisseurs,” which this year will be on Sept. 22.
The tour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. includes visits to six great private gardens in Crown Heights, Mesta Park and Edgemere Heights as well as the impressive Chesapeake Employee Gardens.
You can buy tickets in advance at many OKC metro garden centers for $12, or on that day for $15 at any of the tour gardens. Children under 6 can attend for free: The Horticulture Society is anxious to expose young people to the joy of plants and gardening.
I always look forward to this premier OKC garden tour and get lots of great ideas to use in my own yard while discovering lots of new plant material and rediscovering other plants long forgotten.
All the proceeds from this great volunteer effort go to support horticulture scholarships at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, Tulsa Community College and OSU-Stillwater in addition to the great speakers, publications and educational efforts of the Oklahoma Horticulture Society.