From the producer: April 23, 2009

April 20th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized

Although I count on fellow gardeners for new plant ideas, I also rely on them for design and how-to tips. You can call this “stealing” or “sharing!” But I’ve never met a gardener who wasn’t thrilled to provide step-by-step details of their handiwork. Then someone “steals” my rendition, gives it a personal twist, and someone else “steals” that.  It’s a fabulous passalong tradition.

And going on garden tours is a super way to “steal” ideas!  You know, until a few years ago, most tours were neighborhood or club-related events.  It’s only recently that “open to everyone” tours got started, as a way for groups to support their community education.

One you don’t want to miss is the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Gardens on Tour, coming up Saturday, May 9.  This week on CTG, Tom and Andrea DeLong-Amaya from the LBJWC take a look at what you’ll see this year. On our own tour, get a behind-the-scenes story of one of the garden’s renovations, a wildlife and native plant habitat a stone’s throw from mown lawns.

I’ve learned a lot from these tours, though my garden is certainly not all native and I still have lawn.  Still, thanks to education and availability, I’ve extended way beyond a few bluebonnet seeds that was first venture into native plants.

Like this Yucca pallida, who bloomed this week!

In the cat cove, here’s my second attempt at blackfoot daisy.  My first attempt long ago on my clay soil was a bust, but I stole a few ideas, and we’ll see if this time it works.

Blackfoot daisy
Just to their left are white winecups in their second year.

White winecup

In back of them, pavonia (rock rose) with a purple winecup about to burst.

Pavonia with winecup bud
Winecups are blooming all over the cat cove, the blue-eyed grass and Gulf penstemon are still going, and so is the calylophus, for yet another picture!


I stick winecups any place I can, like this one in the crape bed, a resident now for years.

On the former promontory path to the creek view (now overgrown, yahoo, with the mountain laurels!), the native Packera obovata and Salvia lyrata are casting seeds. The spiderworts are setting seeds while the leucojum leaves brown up. Oxalis transition the spring flowers to the ones on the horizon, including turks cap and wedelia.

oxalis path with native plants
In former photinia-ville, I do have natives, but also non-natives, like the roses I moved to its sunnier habitat.  Mrs. Oakley Fisher is indeed content.

Mrs. Oakley Fisher rose

So is the Iceberg rose in front of her.  I’ve moved these roses so many times to follow the sun that I was sure they’d get disgusted with me.

Iceberg rose with Mrs. Oakley Fisher rose

On the patio, this collection is not native, but wonderful all the same.  I love carnations, and these are so fragrant that we can get a whiff even from the patio table. Behind them are newly seeded zinnias. On the rainy day between welcome outbursts, I took a knife and gently pricked out one that was too close to its neighbor, and moved it to the other side. The other container holds Spicy Globe basil, one of my favorites, especially for a container.

Carnations, spicy globe basil, zinnia seedlings in pots

Finally, our own John Dromgoole is mentioned in Time magazine!

Until next week, Linda

  1. 12 Responses to “From the producer: April 23, 2009”

  2. By Linda on Apr 20, 2009

    (You don’t need to post this, as it isn’t plant-related. However, I feel the need to write it…)I thought I’d gone nuts when I received email notice of an April 23 posting on this blog, since it’s only April 20. Almost like Christmas in July!


    Linda reply on April 21st, 2009 3:03 pm:

    Hi, Linda! I included your note since I’m sure others will wonder about it too. I accidentally hit Publish when I met to Preview. That’s what comes from multi-tasking! I hope I didn’t send everyone scrambling for the calendars! Linda


  3. By Bob Harper on Apr 21, 2009

    Linda, I’m not a rose fan, but the picture of the white rose in this week’s blog is just great. Hope all is well with you and yours. And, even tho you’re up in Austin, happy Fiesta. Hooray for TEXAS ! ! ! ! Bob


  4. By Linda on Apr 21, 2009

    Thanks, Bob! Wish I were at Fiesta. And Iceberg is definitely a winner and is fragrant, too. Linda


  5. By mss @ Zanthan Gardens on Apr 21, 2009

    I’m beginning to think I’m one of the few Austin gardeners who hasn’t “gone native”. I do grow some native plants but certainly none of the plants most people associate with me (oxblood lilies, Tulipa clusiana, and larkspur) are native. Throw in the roses, irises, crinums, and most of the vegetable garden and I have to conclude I don’t really grow very many native plants. I haven’t figured out why yet…although lack of sunlight might be one culprit.

    I’m going to have to see that white winecup in person to decide if I like it. I love white flowers but in my mind winecups are red. It’s sort of like bluebonnets, I guess. Sure they come in other colors, but…


    Linda reply on April 22nd, 2009 2:42 pm:

    Well, MSS, you’ve got all tough as nails plants and they are certainly survivors, and that’s what really counts. I actually got the white winecups by mistake last year. I thought they were my beloved purples, and they were white! At first I was disappointed, but now I want more! Linda


  6. By Sam on Apr 22, 2009

    I’m with Bob, i’m not a rose fan either but those pics of white rose are spectacular! thanks for sharing these fabulous pictures with us


    Linda reply on April 22nd, 2009 2:42 pm:

    Hi, Sam! The Iceberg even blooms in winter! Thank YOU for checking in. Linda


  7. By Jenny on Apr 22, 2009

    I have already signed up to work at one of the gardens so I hope I’ll see a lot of garden bloggers there!
    I think we should be coming over to your garden this weekend. You blooms are looking lovely. Want to be on the WFC tour anytime?
    I bought the white wine cup several years ago but it is not as white as yours. Does it re seed? If so save me some of those seeds. I am switching fertilizers= It looks like you are using the right one. What is it?


    Linda reply on April 22nd, 2009 2:46 pm:

    Hi, Jenny! I hope you have a fabulous turnout for the tour. And my garden would never qualify for a tour, believe me!

    My white winecup has not reseeded. Maybe so this year. I’ll try collecting seeds for you. And I don’t use any fertilizers back there, and not much else on any of the garden. Too lazy for one thing! Doses of compost now & then. Linda


  8. By Cindy, MCOK on Apr 22, 2009

    Linda, lots of lovelies blooming in your garden! I like that picture of the stones amidst the oxalis and the natives and I’m wondering if that would work for me out front. I’m still obsessing over what to do in the new bed area: I’ve redesigned it about 10 times now!


    Linda reply on April 22nd, 2009 2:47 pm:

    Hi, Cindy! I redesign my garden about 10 times a weekend! Recently I’ve seen a ton of interesting plants from fellow bloggers, so am thinking up a new scheme for the back and side and front and well, you know how it goes. Gardeners definitely have “job security.” Linda


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