Archive for February, 2011

Freeze-dried meets sunbursts; Succulent design; Kale nom noms

Thursday, February 24th, 2011 Posted in bulbs, garden design, pruning, recipes, roses, vegetables, wildlife, winter color | 8 Comments »

Well, geez, here we go again. Hottest summers, coldest winters, what's a gardener to do? For one thing, don't freak out! Wait a month or more to prune back those frightened cycads (sago palms). Garden designer Sue Nazar (who will be on ...

Not taking natives for granted

Friday, February 18th, 2011 Posted in Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, garden design, mulch, native plants | 17 Comments »

How soon we take things for granted! These days, it's easy to find spring-blooming native columbines and their spin-offs. I have so many intermingled, but this is an Aquiliegia chrysantha of some sort. Not so long ago, the only columbines we could ...

Designs by us, modified by nature

Thursday, February 10th, 2011 Posted in garden design, roses, snow, winter color | 19 Comments »

Bizarre Central Texas weather is the master of garden design. This Agave striata made it. But these may be the last pictures of my beloved Agave celsii. It's too early to tell. This growth does seem to be turgid, but the rest of ...

No-freeze native plants + Mr. Smarty Plants unmasked!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 Posted in garden design, native plants, wildflowers | 9 Comments »

If you can decide what to wear (shorts or parka, depending on what day it is), it's a good time to cut back those dormant native plants. Tropicals, semi-tenders, and some evergreen shrubs should wait a few more weeks, especially ...