From Linda: July 9, 2009

July 9th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized

Get ready for the best garden event of the summer: the Austin Pond Society tour on July 18 & 19!  To preview just a few of the gardens, this week Tom meets with Marc Brewster and Michael Ziegler from APS.

Austin Pond Society tour

Along with water features of all kinds (and in all sizes), pick up garden design ideas, too.

Austin Pond Society tour

If you’re thinking about adding a fountain, pond, or stream, the very helpful gardeners will be on hand to answer all your questions.  AND, If you already have a water feature, but have questions about it, bring them along!  It’s like a workshop and tour all in one.

Our video feature visits one of the largest gardens: home to Mark and Debi Akin. Ed Fuentes and I taped it in May to get ready in time, but went back later for Ed to nab a few shots. By now, the pond lilies and summer plants will be in full swing.  If you visit it in person, too, you can see its transformation over the past few months.

I also recommend watching this video in times of stress.  When I finished the edit and watched it back one last time, instead of hawking any mistakes I’d made, I found myself slowly, gently, comfortably relaxing. That’s really hard for me, especially with a new edit!

The only tour my garden could be on right now is the “Neglected, Needs Help” one. The plants put up a sign, “Will work for rain.”  Mainly, I just need to apply some elbow grease.

I’ve gotten used to wearing my garden “blinders” so that I only focus on something wonderful, rather than all things not.  One is Crinum ‘Ellen Bosanquet’. However, by 7:30 a.m. or so, the flowers are already wilting and fading before they fully open. They keep coming, though, and the fragrance is heady!

Crinum 'Ellen Bosanquet'

I walked out for work one morning and quickly stepped back in again for my camera.   The Butterfly iris (Dietes grandiflora) was back in business, but I knew by evening, it would have puckered up for good.

Butterfly iris (Dietes grandiflora)

In the crape bed, the Brazilian rock rose (Pavonia braziliensis) is still flowering a bit.  It would be more productive if I got out there and pruned off the seed heads.  This one doesn’t get the powdery mildew that plagues Pavonia lasiopetala.

Brazilian rock rose (Pavonia braziliensis)

This althea picture is a few weeks old, but had to share it.

Althea (Rose of Sharon)

In the front bed, I like my combination of Setcreasea pallida ‘Purple Heart’ against the lime green shrimp plant.

Correction from last week’s post:  Scott Ogden noted that the plant I called St. Joseph’s lily is actually Hippeastrum ‘San Antonio Rose’ instead of H. x johnsonii.

Hippeastrum 'San Antonio Rose'

I felt like a goof, except that I’d written down the name when I bought it.  He noted that he’d seen it incorrectly labeled at nurseries. He also noted that it blooms in June/July, while H. x johnsonii blooms in March and April.  I’d wondered why it was so late!  Anyway, he referred me to his book, Garden Bulbs for the South, for pictures and more info.

Until next week, Linda

  1. 5 Responses to “From Linda: July 9, 2009”

  2. By Joan on Jul 9, 2009

    My garden like yours needs more rain and less heat. Thanks for telling us about your garden so we don’t feel so bad. Love your pictures of plants and what you have found they need and like. That is a Big help. Thanks for all you do. Joan


  3. By Annie in Austin on Jul 10, 2009

    Ooh, like that lime green shrimp plant, Linda!

    We love the Pond Tour and hope to be able to go on it again this year – how fun that Michael Ziegler will be on the CTG show – been reading his photography blog for awhile.

    The cenizo is making buds again but they haven’t been very good predictors this year…with that humidity bush would deliver on its promises!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose


  4. By Mike Ziegler on Jul 10, 2009

    Thanks so much for including my photos on the ‘blog! I really enjoyed taking them and learning about “all things pond.”
    Mike Z


  5. By Cindy, MCOK on Jul 11, 2009

    It’s pretty hard to apply elbow grease to the garden right now: we’re sweating too hard for it the grease to stick! Hang in there, only 80 days till October!


  6. By Pam/Digging on Jul 13, 2009

    Great video, Linda! I thought Mark put it so well, that a gardener always has a new project going, and that the joy of having a garden is maintaining it yourself. His garden and pond are absolutely stunning.


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