Managed to keep my purchases at the plant sale and garden center this weekend under $100…lovely weather for a spot of garden shopping. My tactic at the crowded plant sale was to find some native white plant and shrubs. Helped to have a focus so I didn’t spend too much! Also added to my milkweed collection and I’m trying to keep a kangaroo paw alive for once…
The faithful pomegranate blooms on cue every year and wows me each time. I’ve now got three trees scattered around the back garden. I’m also glad to see my root rhubarb is doing well–this was the first thing I grew in our garden at Wood Road and I’m hoping for some rhubarb crumble later in the season. The tobacco seeds I got during our trip to Virginia have been a success. Some of the bulbs I planted last year are hitting their stride and the pots on the front porch are a nice welcome home every day…
This is the first year my hedgehog cactus bloomed. My enjoyment for cactus and succulents continues to grow despite not having much time for them a few years ago. Yesterday, I hit up the Austin Cactus and Succulent show at Zilker Botanical Gardens and managed to find one owl-eye cactus plant that I love. Mine got killed off this past winter.
Despite having an overflowing garden, I don’t keep that many flowers inside the house (a few African violets and orchids). Yet, I always enjoy having flowers around. Here are a couple of arrangements currently taking pride of place at Cloverleaf: roses in the bathroom and reusing my favorite gin bottles.
Chris and I finally got out to cut back some of the dead plants and shrubs. I had left it as long as possible so as to provide food and shelter for critters during the freezes. As soon as we had cut stuff back, greenery started to peak through and by the end of the month the structure of the garden seems to be taking shape again. I did replace a few of the pot plants that didn’t make it through the winter.
Although not England weather, there has been a chill in air that has meant I haven’t been able to spend much time in the garden. Despite my neglect, there is still some color popping up. I added a couple of plants to my collection including a new David Austin rose—Roald Dahl. Can’t wait to see how it does in a pot.
Although the sun is shining, there are no glimpses of green yet in the garden. The first few years I gardened, I would get quite annoyed with the fact that many plants died back to the ground. I fixed this by purchasing more evergreen-type shrubs and plants to fill in the landscape but I’ve started to enjoy seeing the bones of the garden. Now that I’m confident that most of these plants will be coming back each year, I like the anticipating what will be springing up over the next few weeks.