The fountain froze a bit and the fall/winter colors around town are dominating.
08 December 2013
27 November 2013
Bodi hanging in the nascent meadow.
The little bluestems in said meadow have turned a gorgeous rusty red for the winter and are sporting fluffy white seed heads that shimmer in the winter sun.
The plants are small - they have only been in the ground for one season, after all - but they are just what I was hoping for.
Some of our more typical ornamental grasses, such as the muhlies, certainly are more symmetrical, but you just can't beat the rad red color of these native bluestems. And they ar of great benefit for native wildlife, including a big diversity of lepidopterans, including the Ottoe Skipper, Indian Skipper, Crossline Skipper, Dusted Skipper, Cobweb butterfly, and Dixie skipper.
Can't wait until they get bigger!
They beat the hell out of Mexican feathergrass in this garden...
Actually, the plant diversity is quite nice there beyond the maples themselves. There were tons of black walnuts, sycamores, madrones and more.
Someone spied a coral snake but we didn't see it. Did catch a flickering glimpse of a Vermillion flycatcher though, and enjoyed seeing a green kingfisher and Texas indigo snake down the way in Concan.
Label: The Outside World
27 October 2013
The only gayfeather (Liatris sp.) in the garden is blooming bright purple-pink this week. It's a beautiful plant and would look amazing en masse. Above you can see it is in a mixed prairie-esque planting with standing cypress, giant coneflower, blue grama, sideoats grama and little bluestem. This is a new planting so all of the plants are only in their first year, aside from the Liatris and giant coneflower (which strangely doesn't bloom, but the big gray-green leaves are quite nice anyway).
Our side hedge is really filling in and the tall spreading goldenrod is always pretty this time of year.
After years and years, thesw the big Lindheimer muhlies are finally blooming in full force.
These are native to the Edwards plateau more than the blackland, but they are a beautiful landscape grass around these parts anyway.
21 October 2013
I've been hoping to get to Peckerwood Gardens for years, and we finally made it last weekend for their fall Open Days. There has been plenty written about John Fairey and Peckerwood, and I will not try to reinvent the wheel here. Here are a ton of photos. Unfortunately, we were there during the worst time of day for picture taking - just about high noon. But still...
"Sometimes all you have to do to plant something rare is to dig a hole and plant it," said nurseryman Will Fleming, referring to the fact that native plants have to compete with humanity's unwaivering love for "common" plants. If you recognize Fleming's name, I reckon it's because he discovered the Yaupon 'Will Fleming' cultivar in East Texas. But I really can't find a damn thing about him on the interweb. Should've stayed and chatted with him longer...
12 October 2013
As I sit here typing this, the rain continues to come down out there. We had four inches (four inches!!) so far last night and it doesn't look to be letting up anytime soon. Thank goodness I went to ACL Fest last weekend instead of this one...
Lantana is a relatively "common" plant, but isn't it so beautiful in bloom?
I planted to frog fruit this year up front, just a few plants to see how they would do. This is a very lovely, non-showy native that forms a nice, spreading ground cover in the natural area by our house. Butterflies love the tiny white flowers. It seems to be doing well.
Zexmenia is another really solid, constant bloomer around these parts. Here is it with the agaves. Speaking of, I'm going to be removing these agaves this year. They provided very important structure when we were just starteing the garden, but now they are mostly a nuisance.
Rock rose, mist flower, and four nerve daisy...
Everything is blooming. Thank you rain!
By the way, keep an eye out for the monarchs. They are starting to migrate through albeit at very small numbers so far. I've also seen a few snout butterflies on the move.