'Landscaping'

Spring Bloom ~ Hyacinths

April 13, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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So many blooms that we love in the Spring come from bulbs like Tulips and today’s flower, Hyacinths. Hyacinth bulbs usually produce several upward growing leaves and from those leaves come anywhere from one to three flowering spikes. Often times the flowers are pink, purple, red, orange, white, yellow but Hyacinths also produce a beautiful blue color, which is hard to find among flowers naturally. The flowers of the Hyacinth look very delicate but have a strong fragrance, one thing to note from such beautiful blooms is that their bulbs are poisonous, so if you decide to plant your own be sure and wear gloves. I recently saw buckets full of Hyacinths at Whole Foods, they are such a gorgeous flower and a small, beautiful container full of them makes a big statement. Enjoy!!!

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Spring Blooms ~ Muscari

April 12, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Day 2 of Spring Blooms and today we are going to talk about Muscari, a flower that comes in the hard to find naturally occurring color of blue as well as other colors. The common name for Muscari is Grape Hyacinth because the blooms resemble bunches of grapes, like so many other bulb plants Muscari originated along the Mediterranean. I really like Muscari and using them in arrangements with other Spring flowers like Tulips and Hyacinths, they have a delicate look to them and their color is always a nice compliment to the other bright pinks, purples, and yellows of other Spring blooms. To be honest I haven’t seen a lot of Muscari (moose-car-ee) in the floral departments of grocery stores but this time of year it’s readily available through flower shops and floral wholesalers, Enjoy!!!

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Spring in Oklahoma

March 18, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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This Sunday is March 20th and the first day of Spring, I thought I would take a look at the state I call home and the city I live in and see what signs of Spring I can find. In Oklahoma, you can almost always count on bright blue skies this time of year, if not then that means there’s probably a storm on the way, lately we’ve been having beautiful weather with sunny and warmish days and cool nights. Appropriately our state tree, the Redbud, can be found in full bloom all over the place, I love their bright cheerful color. Pansies are providing beds of color for tulips that are springing up in flower beds across the city. Join me for a quick tour of Oklahoma City this Spring, enjoy your weekend and have a wonderful first day of Spring, Enjoy!!!

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Pool A Palooza

August 11, 2015

By Tab Byrum

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When I was a kid I loved to swim (once I learned to swim, that’s a whole nother story) none of my friends had pools so it was always a treat when we went on vacation and stayed in a hotel with a pool, or I would stay with my cousins for a few weeks every summer and we would go to the community pool in Hydro. I dreamed about having a pool someday, you know some big monster with different levels and a slide and maybe a cave or grotto that you could swim in, now all I can think about is the cost and the maintenance but that doesn’t mean I don’t think they’re beautiful and there are still those hot Oklahoma days when I wish we had a pool to cool off in. I found some great pics of pools, both past and present, to ponder as we head into the end of summer and prepare for school to start, maybe I need to re-think the NO pool policy. Enjoy!!!

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National Wildflower Week

May 6, 2015

By Tab Byrum

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This week, the second week in May, is National Wildflower Week.  First started back in the 1960’s by First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson as part of her highway beautification program.  Lady Bird wanted the highways and roads of America to be pleasant to look at, and part of that was planting roadside wildflowers native to whatever part of the country the road is in.  Mrs. Johnson is quoted as saying “wildflowers give us a sense of where we are in this great land of ours.”  Wildflowers are more than just pretty to look at, they help in conserving water, cut down on mowing costs and upkeep beside roadways and help with erosion of soil, you can visit The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center here for more information.  I’ve always loved the wildflowers here in Oklahoma, the red Indian Blanket flowers, wild daisies, lilies and black eyed Susans. Let’s take a look at these wildflower photos and notice the ones beside the road on your next drive. Enjoy!!!

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Hello April!!!!

April 1, 2015

By Tab Byrum

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When I think about the month of April my mind always goes to  rain and flowers, I’m sure it goes back to “April Showers Bring May Flowers”.  April in Oklahoma means uncertain weather as we enter the first of several months of stormy weather, we’ve already had tornadoes in Oklahoma this year.  Today we are going to take a look at Spring around Oklahoma City, focusing on flowers and Redbuds, which are the state tree for the Sooner state. Hopefully this will bring you some inspiration and don’t forget Easter is this Sunday, the biggest Spring holiday of them all.  Enjoy!!!

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