Garden Conservancy tour, what’s up with redbuds, edible containers

October 18th, 2012 Posted in Garden Conservancy, birds, butterflies, garden design, garden designers, garden projects, lawn replace, native plants, succulents, trees, vegetables, water features

Is this a fun fall or what?! It’s also crazy with springtime redbuds blooming alongside autumn asters. What’s up with that?

Redbud tree blooming in fall
Thanks to D. Kirkland for Daphne’s question this week! Daphne explains that it’s all about weather—trees stressed once again this summer.  As a safety valve to carry on their legacy, they flower to re-seed themselves, just in case. Get Daphne’s complete explanation.

Despite our indecisive weather (jeans or shorts today?), it’s time to plant cool weather crops and flowers. Some of us only have room to grow in containers. Even if we tend garden beds, it’s fun to spice up our patio or front porch with a mini-garden, easy to snip for the kitchen on snippy wet days.

See how Trisha creates tasty containers with edible flowers and food (a perfect gift, too), plus how to “coddle” nursery pot roots for quicker growth.

edible container gardens

Now is also the best time to plant trees. Daphne’s Pick of the Week is Mexican olive (Cordia boissieri), a small tree/large shrub for us, depending on how you prune it. It’s a fabulous screening plant if you’ve got full sun and good drainage. It doesn’t want much water after the first year.  I don’t have one (yet) but my neighbor’s thrives in a hot curbside bed against the street.

Mexican olive Cordia boissieri

Luscious flowers come on for months, starting in late spring to attract all your neighbors, along with butterflies!

Mexican olive Cordia boissieri flowers
Even out of bloom, its velvety leaves are gorgeous.

Mexican olive Cordia boissieri leaves
Its fruits are edible, but not really yummy for us. The birds will thank you for them, though.  Deer like the fruits, but supposedly not the leaves.

Mexican olive Cordia boissieri fruits
Do protect with mulch if you plant this fall, since harsh winters can cause it some trouble. But my neighbor’s made it through 14° and I’ve seen other show-stoppers in established gardens.

Cooler weather always gets us back in gear with ideas!  The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days tour on November 3 is sure to spark your imagination for plants and concepts to try at home. This week, Tom meets with Austin coordinators Charlotte Warren and Laura Bohls for a sneak preview.

Tom Spencer, Charlotte Warren, Laura Bohls The Garden Conservancy
This year’s tour offers diverse perspectives, from plants to spaces.

Garden Conservancy Austin 2012

Garden Conservancy Austin 2012

Garden Conservancy Austin 2012

Garden Conservancy Austin 2012

Christy Ten Eyck Garden Conservancy Austin 2012

Jeff Pavlat garden Garden Conservancy tour

Jeff Pavlat garden Garden Conservancy tourJeff Pavlat garden Garden Conservancy tour

Here’s where to get tour details and advance ticket information.

Our video tour visits one of them: landscape architect Curt Arnette’s hillside renovation that respects the interface of land, family engagements, and wildlife.  Here’s a sneak preview!

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you next week! Linda

  1. 6 Responses to “Garden Conservancy tour, what’s up with redbuds, edible containers”

  2. By Ann on Oct 18, 2012

    My redbud is budding out, too! And the bottlebrush is turning out fab red flowers. I’ll take ‘em.


    Linda reply on October 19th, 2012 3:28 pm:

    I know! Isn’t this all just amazing?


  3. By Desert Dweller / David C. on Oct 20, 2012

    Thanks for the preview of some of the gardens…I think my car is calling me to drive it there and go on the tour. A colleague of mine in Las Vegas and I are watching this as I type, her saying “I need to get to Austin for that tour!”


    Linda reply on October 20th, 2012 2:29 pm:

    I think we may have to make you an honorary Texan!


  4. By Larry Green on Oct 23, 2012

    I like what seems to be a Hechtia texensis in Curt Arnette’s hillside makeover. I hope it’s hardy in Colorado.


    Linda reply on October 24th, 2012 3:21 pm:

    Hi, Larry! Thanks for checking in! I’ll ask Curt and let you know.


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