From the Producer: 4/25/08

April 25th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized

This weekend, it’s time to prune asters and other fall bloomers, and tidy up the iris and first daylilies by removing spent flower scapes. Here are exuberant asters in the front room bed. Left unpruned, in a few months they’ll just splay. I take off about 3″ every month before July.

I’ll also deadhead the roses and fertilize them again. Here’s Iceberg against GulfIceberg rose with Gulf penstemon in den bed penstemon in the den bed.

Here’s Buff Beauty on the cat cove arbor.

New Dawn climbs the other side of the cat cove arbor. I couldn’t decide which fragrant pastel I liked most, so Greg suggested I plant one on each side!

They’re really in too much shade, but that situation is changing. For one thing, I’m budgeting for the old cottonwood against the shed to leave us next year. Its bottom trunk is huge, but its top is ever smaller as it drops elderly branches. In one way, it will be sad, since it will be the last to go from what came with the yard.

In addition, with the recent creek project, all the trash trees and ligustrums are razed (at least for the moment). The back fence bed is getting a lot more sun, and we’ve temporarily lost our sense of enclosure, as we watch the bulldozers beyond the Lady Banks in the cat cove.

Here’s another fragrance sensation: the patio star jasmine with rose Marie Pavie.

Here they are wide. The jasmine’s shrub form was happenstance. It just so happened that my trellis was too short, so I wound branches around each other and pruned. These flowers follow spring bulbs. Daylilies and Eupatorium greggii take over after that, with turks cap as their background against the patio. In fall, lycoris and oxblood lilies join it, along with Marie’s second or (third) outburst. The new cove jasmine on its trellis is 4′ to the right to form the cove entrance. When it finishes blooming, I’ll tip it here and there to encourage branching into its shrub form.

Re-bloomer Marie Pavie is a compact fragrant sensation from spring through fall and is happy with its few hours of morning and late afternoon sun.

On this week’s show, we visit Sue Nazar’s garden. I met her on the Travis County Master Gardener tour a few years ago. I waited until she finished talking with a guest and then blurted out, “I’m Linda from Central Texas Gardener wow this is a great garden can we come tape?” Sue is good at interpreting excited garden babble. She’s also good at interpreting design in brutal curbside sun and in deep shade a few steps away.

In-studio, Deena Berg from Bastrop Gardens (celebrating their 10th anniversary!) pulls together designs for hot weather groups. Also, I asked her to explain how to plant once it gets hot, since every gardener finds a new gap to fill after spring’s orgy. She includes plumbago, one of my favorites in hot sun and in partial shade, like this one under the Chinese pistache in back.

It’s not as robust as the ones in front sun, but it blooms reliably, joining the shrimp plants that join it to encircle that bed.

Finally, here’s a shot of the front porch bed. Nandina-ville almost extended to the purple heart on the left next to the edging. It’ll be another season or two before everything fills in. On the far right is the dead cenizo, now replaced with a variegated Miscanthus.

Crepe tour next week for sure! Until then, Linda

  1. 3 Responses to “From the Producer: 4/25/08”

  2. By Bob Harper on Apr 25, 2008

    Linda, I need to give you a bit of a warning about the blooms you’ll have when your cassia senna blooms. The tree blooms like crazy once it’s fairly big, and therefore it makes lots of seed pods. Many will fall and soon you’ll have lots of little cassias. You may want to let some of them grow in order to start some to give to friends. Or, you may not want any seeds to sprout, in which case you’d have to remove the pods after the blooms go. Hope this won’t discourage you from enjoying your tree. And the blooms are really beautiful – a bright and clear yellow. Hope your weekend is a happy one. And, maybe some rain, too ! ! Bob

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  3. By Linda Lehmusvirta on Apr 25, 2008

    Bob, thank you! Passalong plants are the best, and cassias are wonderful. They’re larval food for the sulphur butterflies, and the flowers are nectar for many insects. Thanks for the hints, and I hope our viewers will contribute their tips, too, about cassias and all their great garden finds!

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  4. By rose rubio on Apr 30, 2008

    I live off of hwy 71 in cedar creek I LOVE TO GARDEN LAST MONTH WE CLEANED OUT AN AREA IN THE BACK OF OUR LAND AND WE BUILT 3 ABOVE GROUND VEG GARDENS WE BUILT A FENCE TO KEEP THE DOGS OUT AND OTHER CRITTERS .HOWEVER WE HAVE FOUND THREE SNAKES BY THE GARDEN.iS THAT SOMETHING THAT YOU FIND IN GARDENS OUT HERE(NEW TO COUNTRY LIVING).I AM TERIFIED OF SNAKES .IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO TO DETER THEM.I AM EVEN AFRAID TO GO INTO THE GARDEN NOW IN FEAR OF FINDING A SNAKE IN THE GARDEN BED.ANY THOUGHTS THAT MIGHT HELP. THANKS ROSE

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