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Gardening in America
Red Bud Trees, Junipers, Purple Sage, Spring 2007

The slope on the front of our acre has been a challenge but I think after 30 years I have, won the battle.

Every year a different plant has been planted horizontally, across the ridge. The junipers have held but they are a pain. Little hanging bag worms love the tender cedars, which has caused me to necessarily prune them before the things have a chance to hatch out from last years egg cases. Truly, Iím ready to throw in the towel on that one. In their crescent, shaped path I have planted a line of Apricot trees. These trees love this soil for some reason and make nice heavy-leafed, shade trees. As soon as they get through the year the junipers are coming out. No one else will bother with them like I do. With their drawing the bag worms I know the little monsters would chomp their way through the Junipers and then, finish everything else, too. I hate taking them out because birds do like to build nests in them.

Red Bud trees have a nice large leaf which is so good for mulch and I have planted them down the drive and across the ridge, too. Beside those are the Purple Sage bushes. They grow fast and so do the Red Bud trees. This is the Oklahoma state tree and it is beautiful.

My daughter paid for a fence and gate across the front and as a plus it is catching pine needles before the rain washes them down the road. This is making a nicely mulched area and will provide good soil for anything growing.

I widened the terrace like flower bed behind the house and moved some Lambís ears there. They are doing well with the change and Iím pleased about that.

The beds my little Mexican gardener built with a pick so many years ago. He took the hard packed red soil out and replaced it with peat moss, potting soil, and some manure. They are all filled with vegetables instead of flowers this year. I pray the rancher who sprayed his trees and killed all the bees will not do that this year. I donít think he has because we do have apples on the trees. Last year nothing produced because there were no bees.

Here is a site where you can see the beautiful Red Bud tree. It blooms in the early spring and is a welcome site to Oklahomans who so many times are very tired of the winter.

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