Stillwater News Press

Local Columnists

June 14, 2014

In the Garden 06-15-14

Delightful discoveries

Often it is in the mundane tasks the enjoyment of gardening is experienced.

For those of us with large gardens or little leisure time, daily or even weekly “detailing” of each flowerbed can quickly become overwhelming, yet the details extend further than maintenance.  

Gardens should be multisensual, feeding all parts of those who enter. In focusing on the details I often find unexpected joy, a few giggles, and spiritual lifts that make the big picture bountiful as well as bearable. The past spring has allowed me little time in my personal horticultural haven. (Nevertheless I am blessed to have gardens wherever I go!)  

Early one morning, a little before dawn I walked outside to put out the trash. Neglecting to put on my garden slip-on shoes, I felt the cool, moist dew on my feet. I'd forgotten dew was a thing I enjoyed.  

The next morning I walked onto the patio for a cup of tea. A kaleidoscope of form and color filled my eyes as I drank in the subtle changes from a month before. New roses opened on my right, pink and blue sunrise to the east; barren shrubs' branches burst into flower. Each turn of my head brought a new view and focused my attention on the detail in each slice of my garden.  

One of the great things about gardening … plants to be specific is there is always a new treasure waiting to be “discovered.” Even in this 21st century new species of life are still being encountered on earth. Most of you as avid plantsmen and women can relate to the excitement of unearthing a new plant to try in the garden. Often a “new” plant is one that I have only read about other times it is one I overlooked or had forgotten was in my garden!

The same happens occasionally with my potted plants.

I reuse all but the worst soil in containers to fill the bottom of larger pots. (The “worst” goes into an outside planting area with organic fertilizer to reclaim its life.)  

Anyway, months may pass after transplanting indoor plants when suddenly a dormant bulb or piece of root of a plant I counted lost will sprout and begin flourishing.

As with all discoveries, I am thrilled to have the “lost” join (or re-join) my menagerie of plants!

This year’s unexpected guest is a tub of crisp, white petunia volunteers from the previous gardener at my new home.

No matter what your livelihood, discovery is a delightful thing!  

LeeAnn Barton has worked with nurseries for more than 20 years. She digs in the dirt in Stillwater. Direct questions to her by emailing

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Columnists
  • Farmers Market 07-31-14

    The Stillwater Farmers Market is open every Monday at Stillwater Medical Center from 2-5:30 p.m. and every Wednesday and Saturday in Strickland Park from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    What’s at the market this week?

    July 30, 2014

  • View from the country 07-30-14

    When baling hay in the “olden days,” if the feeder couldn’t put a nice size gob for a flake of hay, he’d lose his job. The horses providing the power walked in a circle.

    July 30, 2014

  • PIONEER PRIDE: District must meet needs of all students

    July 30, 2014

  • The Library Shelf 07-29-14

    Summer@ Your Library has come to an end. We recorded our highest registration and attendance. We want to say a big thank you to all of our sponsors, but especially to the Friends of the Library who fund most of the programming.

    July 29, 2014

  • 3- Pool Mom of three children Jacinta Sears.jpg AND, STILL THE WATER RUNS: Stillwater pool teams shooting for national championships in Las Vegas

    July 27, 2014 4 Photos

  • AT THE LIBRARY: 7-27-2014

    July 26, 2014

  • HELPING HANDS 7-27-2014

    July 26, 2014

  • Live Well 07-27-14

    The topic of the legal drinking age is an ongoing debate among American politician and citizens. Among the countries that set a legal drinking age, 18 is the most common. Along with Mongolia, Indonesia, Palau and several states in India and Egypt, the United States is an outlier with a minimum purchase age of 21.

    July 26, 2014

  • GREATHERON.jpg Life at Boomer Lake 07-27-14

    The presence of the fledglings is rare, but there are still several juvenile birds around if one looks for them, like the American Robin and the Northern Mockingbird. I have seen nesting Eastern Bluebirds over the past couple of days, so we’re not over the hump of raising young yet.

    July 26, 2014 4 Photos

  • Down Home 07-27-14

    This isn’t the first time and more than likely it won’t be the last. I’m putting myself back on the wagon as I’ve eaten my way through the last pile of “fat” clothes I have stashed in my closet.

    July 26, 2014

Buy & Share Photos
NewsPress e-Edition
NewsPress Specials
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
NDN Video
Heartwarming 'Batkid Begins' Documentary is Tear-Jerker Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show'
Must Read