Archive for March, 2012

My big reduce lawn renovation: before and after!

Thursday, March 29th, 2012 Posted in Late spring flowers, garden design, garden projects, lawn replace, lawns, mulch, poppies, wildflowers | 60 Comments »

For years, we’ve planned to install large stone paths where our feet pound the soil every day. Intent turns into action when grass-killing drought prods inertia. Although I’ve hauled a ton of stones in my car, this time I turned ...

My garden’s out of control!

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 Posted in Insects, bees, bulbs, early spring flowers, garden design, garden projects, native plants, passalong plants, poppies, pruning, roses | 35 Comments »

I’ve created a madhouse. I knew I needed to thin spiderworts, larkspurs and poppies, but I just couldn’t bear it. So now I’m  pulling some out since they’re suffocating everything underneath. Good grief, we have poppies that are 4’ tall! Others, along with ...

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day from Linda’s east Austin garden!

Thursday, March 15th, 2012 Posted in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, Insects, bulbs, butterflies, drought, early spring flowers, poppies | 26 Comments »

This week, CTG joins fellow gardeners from around the world for May Dreams’ Garden Bloom Day! Here’s a mere sample of what’s blooming after two years of torture-by-weather in my east Austin garden.  With our recent rain salvation, this poppy ...

Drought didn’t make it to my spring party

Thursday, March 8th, 2012 Posted in drought, native plants, roses, shade plants | 12 Comments »

Ready or not, here I come with the pruners!  It’s safe now to prune evergreens, Texas sage (cenizo), thryallis, and shrimp plants like these. I’ll cut them down to a foot or so to encourage fluffy growth.  Since the thryallis didn’t ...