A Flower Garden and a Tornado All Mixed Together

My daughter-in-law planted a very large wildflower garden in the very red clay soil of their little Oklahoma ranch in Moore, Oklahoma. Yes, you read that right, Moore is famous now, because of the  devastating tornado that went through a couple of weeks ago. Her wildflowers failed to thrive with all the Bermuda grass that is choking them out, so I thought that for her birthday we could plant a flower bed for her. Looking forward to a day of planting beautiful flowers with my daughters, playing with my grandchildren, and a hamburger cook-out with a delectable chocolate layer birthday cake made by my gourmet cook daughter, I headed to the flower store and bought lots and lots of flowers. And these gorgeous lilies were half price…


This was on a Friday and we were going to Moore on Sunday afternoon. My car was stuffed with flowers and I also dug up some Stella de Oro daylilies, Sedum Autumn Joy, Bearded Iris, Monkey Grass, and an ornamental grass from my own flower gardens.

I had written a post on my other blog about the tornado that ripped apart Moore where my son and his family live – Oklahoma Tornado. They were spared from that one, as their land is situated  about a mile north of the devastation. But Saturday night another tornado, the largest one ever recorded as it was going through El Reno, 2.6 miles wide, swept through their yard and tore off half the roof of their barn.



Amazingly, it did not touch the house. This was their pergola, deck and hot tub. Behind this wreckage you can see their storm shelter.



Notice the glass table top left of the storm shelter door. It did not get broken… and remember this broken pot…


We all are so thankful that the house is in tact and no one was hurt. We got the go ahead from our son to stick with our original plans for Sunday, but they now included putting up a tarp over the barn and cleaning up all the debris.

We not only had the back of the car full, but we brought our little trailer too, with bags of soil and mulch…




My son added a couple of tractor buckets of composted horse manure to the red clay soil and tilled it in…


Then he went to work with the guys fixing the tarp over the roof, while we placed the flowers out…



All done…


Remember the broken pot?


It sits nicely by the lilies, a remembrance of God’s mercy on our little family and oh, and the cake was fabulous!!!


11 thoughts on “A Flower Garden and a Tornado All Mixed Together

    • We have a lot to be thankful for. After we left their house that evening we drove through some of the areas that had been hit by the first tornado. It is unbelievable what those storms can do. It looked so much worse than even portrayed on TV.


  1. I cant imagine the devastation for so many who lost so much! I’m sure it was a huge worry for all of you, thankfully your family is ok!
    The garden looks fabulous, very nice idea , indeed!


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