Life returns to east Austin; CTG swag!

March 10th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized

Last Sunday was a perfectly romantic day to garden. Enveloped in mist, I imagined I was in a far away place, mucking about with geese and cows nearby. Well, okay, anything to get past the drudgery of excavating a trug-ful of weeds from the back path near the lettuce. I paused in the muddy mess to watch a mockingbird above my head go into his karaoke routine, just for me. I bet they don’t have a mockingbird like that in far away places.

While I was there, I clipped 5 varieties of lettuce to put in the spinner.

lettuce Salad Bowl

Then, I lifted up the stepping stones & shoved mud underneath to raise them back up a bit. Tidied up with mulch.

I dug up the Brazilian rock rose (Pavonia braziliensis) from the crape bed and moved it to a spot in the cat cove where it can ramble and flower with abandon this year without annoying my crape bed vision.

Brazilian rock rose (Pavonia braziliensis)

I planted some golden oregano and topped off the cove paths with fresh crushed granite.

New life is everywhere.


I’m amazed at how much recovered from the deep freeze. Since the abutilons were leafing out, I pruned them back, something I’d been itching to do for a year. Freezes are very motivating. This one’s ‘Patrick’, partnered with spuria irises and columbine.

'Patrick' abutilon pruned

Nearby, Narcissus ‘Sweetness’ and spring starflowers continue flowering. Made notes to add more next fall.

Narcissus 'Sweetness' with spring star flower

I measured the ‘Sweetness’ flowers: approx. 2″. Gigantic Star is 4″.

Here’s Narcissus ‘Abba’ in the crape bed.

Narcissus 'Abba'

Now and then, I had to stop for a whiff from the fragrant Mexican plum flowers.

Mexican plum flowers

Look very carefully and you’ll see my little friend up there, urging the flowers to fruit soon.

Mockingbird in Mexican plum

And, great news!  The thryallis shows tiny little leaf buds. I’ll clip it this weekend.

This week for KLRU viewers, I hope you’ll tune in for our CTG Spring Special on Saturday from 4-5:30!  I’ve compiled some of our favorite viewer segments, along with the premiere of Randy Case’s incredible garden makeover. Tom, Daphne and I will be live in the CTG studio with the Travis County Master Gardeners.

If you’ve been hankering for CTG swag, here’s your chance, thanks to KLRU’s graphic designer Mark Pedini. He made sure the shirt is 100% organic cotton!

Central Texas Gardener water bottle

And every pledge includes the fabulous Travis County Master Gardener’s Guide, an essential for every gardener! We sincerely thank them for their generous donation. And I thank Daphne for hauling all those boxes to KLRU!

Travis County Master Gardener Guide

You can also join online to get the gifts and support CTG!  Really, we thank you so very much for being part of our lives every week.

Until next week, Linda

  1. 8 Responses to “Life returns to east Austin; CTG swag!”

  2. By Bob Harper on Mar 10, 2010

    Linda, how big is/are your yard/s? Each time you tell about all the things you do and I wonder if you have a really big place. And, it always sounds like you really do enjoy all the work you do at your place. If you ever run out of work to do there, I have a place in mind you could come and help at. Hope you’re enjoying what looks to be a glorious Spring on the way. Bob H.


  3. By Elizabeth M. Mosley on Mar 10, 2010

    Am so glad to be able to read your blog again. I had changed internet providers and worried you would not be able to find me. Isn’t Spring wonderful? Sincerely, Elizabeth


  4. By Jenny on Mar 10, 2010

    How I wish I had one of those Mexican plums in my garden. Yours is gorgeous and I’ve see them blooming all over town. I lost my abutilon along with a boat load of others including my flowering senna. I’m going to miss it. I guess 7 years was pretty good going. Seeing those little leaf buds is exciting after such a terrible freeze. I keep scraping and hoping. Good luck with the pledge drive at the weekend.


  5. By Diana on Mar 10, 2010

    You have wonderful blooms of all kinds in your garden, Linda. i love the Narcissus – so different from mine. I scraped my Eureka lemon today with vigor and found only 1 twig that looked remotely alive. Gotta wait to see some growth. It’s killing me, tho.


  6. By Frankie on Mar 15, 2010

    Thanks so much for a great blog — I really enjoy your photos and writings about your garden. I am really upset that I missed the special CTG last Saturday with the master gardeners. I have my DVR programmed to record CTG every Sat at Noon and forgot to set a recording for the special. Any plans to repeat it?


    Linda reply on March 15th, 2010 6:05 pm:

    Thank you so much! Yes, we are repeating it. Will have details soon & let you know! Linda


  7. By Jan Serface,McLennan CMG on Mar 15, 2010

    Nice photos


  8. By Cindy, MCOK on Mar 25, 2010

    I woke up & couldn’t get back to sleep because of the thunderstorm. Now I’m glad that happened: I got to see your beautiful flowers AND make a donation to KLRU! I’ll look forward to wearing my CTG t-shirt!!!!


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