Performance art in your garden

March 5th, 2013 Posted in bees, crafts, early spring flowers, garden art, native plants, perennials, philosophy

Performance art: isn’t that what your garden’s all about?  Certainly, birds dance for free when pyracantha berries are on stage.

pyracantha berries

What about a little plant that gets encores at dinner?

organic broccoli

Like mimes, plants reach for the sky to silently gather us into their unfolding stories.

Gazania bud

Lady Banks rose sky

scabiosa glow

Bulbs like Gladiolus tristis stand in the wings until spring’s stage manager gives them their cue.

gladiolus tristis

Others take center stage all the time, though they get a little upstaged when a flamboyant star commands the spring run.

agave mountain laurel silver germander combo

Then there are those that know they’re just one-hit wonders.

ornamental kale

pink and white sweet pea

Though, California poppies might make a return run next year if they liked the venue.

california poppy

Some are delighted to have a small part and happy to return again next year; see you then!

Arum italicum

Sometimes, we just have to sit back and applaud.

purple bench in Lucinda Hutson's garden

Gardeners can pick their own performance.

No lawn curb strip and front

mexican river stone circle

beautiful wildflower garden Dani and Gary Moss

Turning problems into art always gets rave reviews.

blue marbles driveway crack

With creativity, we turn has-beens into stars once again.
bedspring bottle arbor

Variegated wandering jew lavender pot

Succulent in pitcher

We know how to spin bad reviews when they hail on us.

prickly pear cactus cute carving

And we never lack an audience.

sunflower with bee

In our gardens, we open the doors to performance art every single day.

Blue gates entrance to vegetable garden

Until next time, have fun performing in your garden!  Linda

  1. 19 Responses to “Performance art in your garden”

  2. By mwstickle on Mar 5, 2013

    Just beautiful


  3. By Tina on Mar 5, 2013

    I’m drooling over the purple loveseat and its companion plant–what is that? I can’t quite tell, but it’s beautiful. I also love the glass pieces in the driveway crack. Why didn’t I think of that? Nice post!


    Linda reply on March 5th, 2013 6:31 pm:

    Thanks, Tina! That plant in Lucinda’s garden is duranta! I love mine. At Extension, they even have one in white.


    Tina reply on March 6th, 2013 7:36 am:

    Okay, I also have a duranta, I just couldn’t quite see the flowers well enough. Mine hasn’t bloomed yet. There is a white duranta in the Butterfly garden at ZBG and it’s beautiful when in bloom.


    Linda reply on March 6th, 2013 5:07 pm:

    Yes, Tina, that picture makes it hard to tell what the plant is. Ooh, I’ll have to check out the white one at Zilker! By the way, we’re going to make it Plant of the Week. If you’re there, can you snag a picture for us?

  4. By Missykim on Mar 6, 2013

    What a beautiful post! Thanks so much for taking such amazing pics and sharing with us! I love it when your posts arrive in my inbox!


    Linda reply on March 6th, 2013 5:06 pm:

    Oh, thank you, Missy! That makes my day!!


  5. By Jo Dwyer on Mar 6, 2013

    Bravo!!! That was beautiful Linda!


    Linda reply on March 6th, 2013 5:05 pm:

    Thank you, Jo! I’m still laughing about your pink plates, etc. blog. Priceless! As you are.


  6. By MikeKerr on Mar 6, 2013

    Some beautiful pictures, you are a really good photographer too. Like the color, being a “blue” guy. Really like your curbside treatment exc one thing. Takes care of watering the street or sidewalk doesn’t it?

    Cactus art is funny – I know thousands of TX ranchers that are sad you stopped.
    thanks, mike


    Linda reply on March 6th, 2013 5:05 pm:

    Thanks, Mike! I really thank you for the photo compliment, since I’m lucky to be in focus. I’ve seen lots of cactus art, but I thought that one was especially well done!


  7. By Matt Jackson on Mar 6, 2013

    i just saw a primrose blooming today as well, wow just wow


    Linda reply on March 6th, 2013 5:03 pm:

    Oh, yes, they’re in top performance mode right now, Matt!


  8. By Desert Dweller/David C. on Mar 6, 2013

    Performance art to be sure with all those photos of lemonade from lemons – that driveway crack filled in! In this drought, I’m glad the skies put on performances many days (the dry, cloud formation kind). But seeing some month-late blooms, finally…


    Linda reply on March 6th, 2013 5:03 pm:

    Hi, David! I would give anything for some dramatic skies. Too plain old sunny here.


  9. By ChrisG on Mar 7, 2013

    Linda – thank you for the inspiration! I love the courting bench…. and the bottle tree…. and the coffee pot with the succulent!


    Linda reply on March 7th, 2013 4:22 pm:

    Thanks, Chris! Gardeners are so creative!!


  10. By Cindy, MCOK on Mar 8, 2013

    I have some really annoying weedy cracks in my driveway. Now I know how to remedy that!


    Linda reply on March 8th, 2013 5:27 pm:

    I know, Cindy! Isn’t that a cool idea!


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