Fall flowers & garden tour

October 15th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized

Hey, everyone! If you’re from around “these parts,” please join us at KLRU on October 20 at 7 p.m. for our monthly Community Screening. This time, KLRU features local productions.  Meet Evan Smith from Texas Monthly Talks, and see a few clips from a new independent production, Austin Daytripper.

AND, meet CTG’s host Tom Spencer, director Ed Fuentes, and me. After the screening in the Austin City Limits studio, you can tour the CTG set. (And I’ll just say that on weekly ACL studio tours, some visitors race over to our set and exclaim, “Wow, it’s Central Texas Gardener!”). I like that.

Can you beat last weekend’s sweetness?  Sunday’s rain interfered with my to-do list, but I love that kind of interference!

purple fall asters

Despite the drought, the asters started blooming right on schedule. The yucca youngsters are still a bit overtaken, but in a few years, they’ll be the alpha plants.

fall asters with salvia greggii

I took advantage of the light rain to divide some lambs ears to fill a few spots along the crape bed border. Now it’s all “connected.”  While there, I couldn’t resist a picture of garlic chives against some caladiums that got their second wind.

garlic chive flowers with white caladium

To their right, I planted three pink rain lilies (Zephyranthes labufarosea) in between my recent ‘Diamond Frost’ euphorbias.

In the middle of the bed, white Salvia coccineas are overwhelming the dianellas, but I like the ethereal look. It’s not worth taming them now, since it won’t be long before they’re history. After the first hard frost, the dianellas will be back in control.

white salvia coccinea with dianella

I never need a calendar to know it’s fall. Along with the asters, under the Chinese pistache, Salvia regla announced it.

Salvia regla

So did Mexican mint marigold (Tagetes lucida) and Gregg’s mistflower (Conoclinium greggii) in the cat cove.

Mexican mint marigold (Tagetes lucida), Gregg's mistflower (Conoclinium greggii)

On CTG this week, take a look at the really fabulous Travis County Master Gardener tour, coming up October 24 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thanks to Loretta Fischer for providing images of these outstanding, hands-on gardens.

Travis County Master Gardener tour

This year’s theme is Sustainable Gardening for Urban Wildlife. At each garden, meet the gardeners and ask them how they made it through summer, and how they attract wildlife.

Travis County Master Gardeners tour

On top of that, each garden features seminars for tips on plants, wildlife, and garden problems. And of course, they’ll have plants for sale!   It’s only $10 for the whole shooting match or $5 per garden. Get all the details here.

On CTG’s video tour, we take our camera to one of them to illustrate how Lindy McGinnis turned her front yard into a garden that attracts both wildlife and the neighbors.

Lindy McGinnis master gardener

If you miss the broadcast, or want to get ideas from afar, including John’s how-to on the EarthBox, watch it starting Friday night at KLRU.tv.

Until next week, Linda

  1. 7 Responses to “Fall flowers & garden tour”

  2. By Iris/Society Garlic, Austin on Oct 15, 2009

    Oh wow–really like that garlic chives against caladium! My fall asters just started peeking out. Your white salvia’s great, too–is it easy to find at local nurseries?

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  3. By Jenny on Oct 15, 2009

    You’ll see me there Linda because I signed up as soon as I heard from you.I know you and everyone else seems to have the fall aster but I don’t. I thought I did but my aster blooms in the early summer so I don’t think it can be the same. I must look out for the one that blooms in the fall. The caladium leaf is lovely. It is not always easy to find colors like this forTexas garden. It lights up the garlic chives.
    I’m getting excited about the tour, the photos look spectacular and 3 of our garden bloggers on the tour is really special.

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  4. By Jo Dwyer on Oct 16, 2009

    Your photographs are the greatest, Linda. I can almost smell that rainy day when I look at the first photo of the asters. Lovely!

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  5. By Bob Harper on Oct 16, 2009

    Linda, how big is your garden area? From all the pictures and the variety of plants you tend, I’d guess it’s an acre or more. And, I still think it would be a good subject for a show. If there’s any question about propriety, then just say it belongs to “annonymous”. Hope your weekend is a happy one. Bob

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  6. By mss @ Zanthan Gardens on Oct 16, 2009

    I’m looking forward to this year’s Master Gardener tour and your preview. Your asters look great. I’ll have to see if mine have started blooming yet. I have white ones and they seem to bloom a couple of weeks later than the purple ones, I’ve noticed. Hasn’t the rain been wonderful!

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  7. By LAlford on Oct 19, 2009

    Your flowers are lovely, I live in Arlington, but enjoy following your blog – very nice pics.

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  8. By Jenny Peterson on Oct 21, 2009

    Beautiful pics, as usual! I didn’t pinch the asters (wow that sounds kinda bad) back as much as I usually do this last summer, so they are beautiful but not as compact! Ah, there’s always next year. Gardens are so forgiving.

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