Garden tours, nursery visits, neighborhood walks, and discovering unexpected little surprises in our gardens, these activities bring continuous excitement and added pleasure to our love of gardening. Having a friend to share the experience with you makes it even more special. Joellen and Holly are 2 such friends passionate about all things gardening.
Gentle breezes carry the delightful aroma of a winter honeysuckle bush throughout my garden this month. The one by my front door was destroyed by contractors last remodel project and I had forgotten that I had planted another one tucked into a corner hidden from view and completely ignored. I had to search a bit... Continue Reading →
While the Austin garden is struggling to survive after 55 days of 100+ degree heat and one of the driest July's in our history, Rockport's sun loving plants are thriving. The star performer is the candlestick plant which have begun to put out their unique yellow blooms. Hiding behind the house keeps them protected from... Continue Reading →
Hopping on the 16th Street Free MallRide was a fun little adventure just blocks from the hotel. The electric buses stop on every block between Civic Center Station and Union Station so it was easy to get off at my first destination site, The Tattered Corner Book Store. Such a charming place to browse around... Continue Reading →
I was encouraged by the blog, The Propagator at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/, to share "six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything – a flower, a plan, a favorite tool, a pest, a harvest, anything at all." So here goes my six on July 27th. Blue Porterweed, Stachytarpheta cayennensis, S. indica, is putting off... Continue Reading →
Ice pants provided an impressive display and great first impression! The stunning flowers of the ice plants were amazing. At times the blooms completely blanketed the plant's leaves. Love this vibrant orange/red color! Filling in along this pathway, you can get an up close view. So pretty! Nice accent on the corner of the walkway.... Continue Reading →
My garden is more about texture than anything. Texture creates interest which carries the garden between blooming seasons. It gives a gardener the opportunity to use unique combinations to display one’s individual style. Here are some of my favorite, reliable texture plants in my garden. Grecian Urn Plant (acanthus mollis) Japanese Aralia (fatsia japonica), Evergreen.... Continue Reading →
I have let the shrimp plants wander freely in my garden and in return they have rewarded me with an abundance of showy flowers this year. Cestrum is competing with a shower of yellow flowers. In my mostly green and shady garden, it is always a delight to have blooms to attract butterflies, bees and... Continue Reading →
On a visit to the South Austin Nursery The Great Outdoors, I was rewarded with not only an amazing variety of blooming plants, but butterflies as well!
Strolling along my Austin garden this morning I almost didn’t notice my Sandankwa Viburnum was blooming, a first! I planted this as a small 1 gallon shrub 3 years ago. The flowers are hidden on the underside of the branches and are easy to miss. Lovely surprise. Japanese Aralia joined in with this bloom. And... Continue Reading →