Oh man, my yard is calling to me. But it won’t get any help for another week or so. I’ve been working on producing and doing technical stuff for my latest play.
It’s been a lot of fun. I’m so proud of the finished product, and hopefully some of my readers will make it out to see it. But I’m definitely ready to get back in the yard…
Holy cow. It’s been far too long since I posted. So what’s been going on? I got a new gardening buddy. Junie actually likes to hang out with me when I garden. She tastes the plants and occasionally licks my head.
Rhett’s more like Julie and thinks gardening is far too warm.
I pulled my back out programming a computer game with the girls, and then we went on a 10 hour trip to East Texas this past weekend. Also not good for the back. And a messed up back is no good for gardening.
Yesterday while pulling weeds a gentleman pulled over his car and talked to me about xeric plants. I think that’s my favorite part of the yard. People stop and talk to me. Never once had anyone stop and talk to me while mowing the lawn.
I’ll try to post a picture of the front yard. It’s really beautiful right now. Gomphrena blooms have stated to dominate in the extreme heat.
So since I was just writing about trimming trees for drought, I thought I’d talk about one of the things that puzzles me most about my yard. I have really nice St. Augustine foliage.
It’s wonderful to lay in and take a nap. At this time of year you just want to roll in it. And it takes very little water. I haven’t watered this area since sometime last summer. Which begs the question, why? Well there happens to be a gigantic oak tree just west of the best parts of the lawn:
Note how high the eastern facing branches are trimmed.
I have problem beds where I can’t get almost anything to grow. Even with supplemental watering. The tree that shades them looks like this facing west.
I think I might try a drastic haircut to see if I can improve things.
I’m getting into propagation. I spent most of the money I received as birthday gifts on seeds. I know that makes me old.
I keep having plans for more Turks Cap, but for some reason never end up buying it at the store. So I decided to try propagating cuttings. I had Etta help me do the cuts and put them in mason jars.
For the first few days they looked really rough and lost a lot of leaves. I am the king of procrastination, though, so I left them. And a few days later the remaining leaves started growing and the plants perked up. Plus the water proved really good at catching flies.
Today I took them out and filled up some pots with cactus mix. Used a chopstick to make a hole for their root, and put them in.
They’re looking a bit rough right now, but I have faith they’ll pull through.
This was sold to me as a coneflower, but it’s gigantic…
I just planted this and I’ve forgotten.
Laura Bush Petunia
Bluebonnet hanging on.
Unknown Wildflower a
Unknown Wildflower b
Unknown Wildflower c
This is common, but I cannot for the life of me remember
Unknown Wildflower d
This week is crazy. Here are some pictures.