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.
So here are the obligatory wide shots for April.
I feel like I lost the thread on this yard. It was supposed to be orderly. There was supposed to be positive and negative space. I had these grids of agave parryi laid out. Now:
Pups everywhere! Which is going to be beautiful. But not orderly. The yard is beautiful and it’s going to be amazing when the Lantana comes in, but it’s so far from what I’ve planned that I have no clue where I’m going anymore.
I probably just need to spend more time out in it.
Do I do anything with these bluebonnet pods, or just let them fall off and reseed?
What is this plant? And how much have I screwed things up by letting it grow this big? It seems to have a ton of tiny little white flowers on it…
And finally we have a lonely confused blue iris who avoided the hail and is deciding to bloom. Sure, do your thing, confused blue iris.