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Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens - April 14th, 2012

…il or compost over exposed oak tree roots to plant groundcovers?” Her pick of the week: drought-tough native Mountain Laurel. Merrideth Jiles from The Great Outdoors shows off his home garden survivors that made it through 2011′s hard freeze and drought….

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Merredith Jiles’ Drought Survivors

Survivors! 2011 was a double-whammy year for plants. Feb. 2011 saw the worst freeze in 35 years. All of 2011 was the worst drought in nearly 100 years. So what plants made it through both issues? My situation: east Austin, near I-35. Stopped regular watering in April 2011. Trees: (Most of them established shade trees) Acacia smallii- Huisache Tree. Olea europea- Olive Trees (fruitless varieties and dwarf) Cupressus arizonica- Ar…

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From the producer: October 31, 2008

…ndheimer muhly in the front bed. I’m so glad it made it, since it’s one of our favorite fall show-offs. It’s the first thing we notice when we round the bend down our street. But it half-rotted after summer 2007′s rain. Late winter, when I cut it back, I pulled off the dead stuff, too, and dumped everything on the compost pile to feather a few nests. (The birds found it fast!).  Its back half looks like a chain saw got it…

Plants that survived the Texas Two-Step: Freeze and Drought

…alem sage is one that Merrideth Jiles includes in his Backyard Basics list of “double spanking” plants that made it in his east Austin garden. Get his list here. Among his success stories: Olive tree (Olea europea). Since 2006, this one’s been growing in the garden of my friends, Molly and David. They also have a fine-looking sotol (Dasylirion wheeleri), another that Merrideth and the Ogdens include on their lists. Certain species of sedg…

From the producer: March 13, 2009

…last weekend, it proved that it was simply resting after surgery, and was back in gear. Buff Beauty is definitely not dead after its severe cutback on the rose arbor. On the other side, New Dawn made it, too. After, FINALLY, 2″ of rain, all the moved and new plants will be dashing in the next week. A few months ago I moved the languishing Iceberg rose from shade to sunny former photinia-ville. It’ll be a year before it’s total…

From the producer: 5/17/08

First, if you saw the notice in the Statesman last Saturday about the Windsor Park Garden Tour, there’s a correction on one address. The correct one is 6210 Brookside, rather than Brookshire. Get more info on CTG’s calendar on this blog site or on our website. Now that the heat is upon us, one of my daily chores is cleaning and filling the birdbaths. It’s worth it for the nightly cardinal baths (the lady always goes first),…

From Linda: August 27, 2009

u with me to break the record? Gardeners are goal-setters. Heck, if we’ve already been this miserable, and our plants, our agricultural fields, our lakes, and our water supplies are endangered, let’s at least make 2009 a record-setter. On Wednesday, at 66 days of over 100º, we tied with 1923. As of today, we’re now three days away from breaking the 1925 record. If we’ve gone this far and don’t even break a record, wh…

Going tubular; Garden Conservancy Austin tour

Lauren & Scott Ogden and the Wildflower Center said it was probably the native Oxalis drummondii. Well, at least it’s a native! Mark your calendars for the Wildflower Center’s plant sale coming up Oct. 9 & 10 (advance shopping on Oct. 8 for members). Diversity defines this year’s Garden Conservancy Open Days Austin tour. Coordinators Charlotte Warren and Laura Bohls did a terrific job selecting gardens big & small t…

Belief in the underground

Flip the Linda coin. On one side, I’m a practical, show-me type. Turn it over and there’s equally strong trust. In my garden, the coin’s complete, especially when the invisibles return after hiding out underground for months. After last week’s restorative rain, sweet Narcissus ‘Abba’ couldn’t wait to renew my trust that she’d return. Narcissus ‘Falconet’ wasn’t about to be left out. This Gladiolus tristis is a newbie, so the trust factor has a…

From the producer: September 12, 2008

…siasm, and wonder at growing their own food are bound to renew your inspiration after our recent long, hot haul. Although not edible, I consider my oxbloods the harbinger of our version of fall. The first one appeared August 28, with more popping up every day. These are peeking through the backyard plumbago. They remind me that it’s time to think about spring bulbs. Every fall, I buy a few naturalizing bulbs to plant Thanksgiving weekend….