Tuesday, April 30, 2013
More curb strip blooms, but these are from mid-March. From the folder of garden pics that never got around to blogging. But I couldn't not share that amazing yellow center, which reminds me of a Cadbury egg "yolk". Or a child's idea of the sun. Originally, I wanted to plant drumstick allium that would peek up through the Mexican feathergrass in spring...but when I went to order them online last fall, the shipping was three times the price of the bulbs. And on principle, I ended up selecting these tulips instead from Barton Springs Nursery. They're fairly modest, with the exception of that yellow center, 8-10 inches high. I've lost the packaging, but I'm pretty sure they're Lilac Wonder. When I was originally planning this curb strip, I was looking at Piet Oudolf's amazing work and imagining a little strip of prairie running along the street: grasses with verbena bonariensis and white cosmos mixed in...something like this at Olympic Gardens. A lot to ask of a little strip of land next to plenty of foot-, dog-, and bike traffic, but a gardener can dream.
Monday, April 29, 2013
So, who knew after spending years dealing with sprinklers and the gas mower at my old house, and the past year changing my front yard to xeriscape, that I would want to have a lawn again? But here it is, and it's small but wonderful. The sod is Zeon Zoysia, with only filtered and morning sun now that the Pecan has leafed out. I'm hoping once it gets established, it'll be a pretty low water use lawn. Obviously my dog Lloyd is a fan. Before: After: It provides a little breathing space between all the beds and denser areas and is the only outdoor surface that actually feels nice on bare feet (decomposed granite and gravel are not great to walk on without shoes). Next project: even out the concrete paver path And resolve the around and under the stairs landscape
Sunday, April 28, 2013
The breadseed poppies (Hungarian, Lauren's Grape and hen & chicks) are finally blooming! Between the poppies and the globe mallow, the bees are going wild. Missouri primrose at the other end of the curb strip.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Fig, artichoke, Mexican feathergrass, artemisia Pale yellow firecracker fern, starting to show more red blooms Bronze fennel and blue beard Indian mallow has the softest leaves, a burgundy iris spent bloom Burgundy and green foliage of the mutabilis rose makes a beautiful backdrop to its blooms Pink indigo hiding beneath spring green foliage, partly nibbled Front to back: artemisia, Mexican feathergrass, gaura, artichoke, fig, nandina
So, I'm a day late for Bloom Day, but there's lots of color in the garden right now. To start off, gaura against a backdrop of Mexican feathergrass. Mutabilis rose Getting to know what kind of irises I have planted around the house, which is very exciting. Now I have to remember to mark them, so I know what I'm dividing in the fall. Larkspur Bougainvillea and cosmos are happy to be ignored near where the cars are parked Globe mallow and blackfoot daisy in the curb strip Missouri primrose, curb strip Iris under the crepe myrtle Copper canyon More deep burgundy iris along the side of the house (my favorite color so far) To see more of what was blooming yesterday, check out May Dreams Gardens.