LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Red Oak House Garden Notes No. 17

Back to Red Oak House garden notes for the summer of 2017 in Bismarck.

This tree peony given to me by my friend, Bob Martinson, three years ago has become one of my favorites, not only for its yellow beauty but also because it is a symbol of the generosity of a fellow gardener.

My sister and I agreed that now that our gardens are in full bloom, we can’t think of many places we’d rather be than in our yards, pulling weeds, deadheading, harvesting vegetables and just enjoying the fruits of our labors.

The irises are still in full bloom and the peonies have begun.

Other perennials have begun to blossom. I missed the first daylily when we were in the Bad Lands, but there are hundreds more to come, so all is well.

Sunday night we ate the first of Jim’s lettuce with the first tomato. Monday, more fresh walleye.  Life is good.

Did I mention I love yellow?

Three-quarters of an inch of glorious rain in the night. Did I mention that we are richly blessed? We awake to morning coffee and give thanks that the drought is at least partially broken. Time for me to do some weeding.

“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.” — Anne Sexton

2 thoughts on “LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Red Oak House Garden Notes No. 17”

  • Naomi Dunavan June 13, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Lillian – I have become an avid follower of your blog. I love your topics, your writing style and your way with words. I also love writing and wrote for the Grand Forks Herald for 23 years then free-lanced my column to them for another 14 years. I read of your recent visit to Grand Forks and I have a request. The next time you plan a visit to our fair cities of Grand Forks/East Grand Forks, please contact me. I would love to meet you and share a coffee time with you. Most sincerely, Naomi Dunavan

    1. Lillian Crook June 13, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      will do….although fair warning….I seldom go east.


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