Gruesome Gardening

This weekend involved a bit of the boring side of gardening. I had to dig up multiple root shoots of the trumpet vine that I am battling to remove. It looks so pretty when it is in bloom, however it is so invasive and is attempting to destroy our fence. Rookie mistake planting that when I first moved into the house, but at the time, it seemed a good fix for the wire fence that we used to have. Now, the roots are so solid that we can’t even get it out with a pick ax. I’m left with the only option of stripping all the greenery off any stumps and pulling up shooters at least once a week. It grows so quickly.

Gruesome gardening

Gruesome gardening II

And a hazard of gardening in Texas is never knowing when you may come across wildlife hidden in the foliage (or when your neighbor Trish decides to play a bit of a prank):

Gruesome gardening III

Mystery Plant Part II

A selection of plants around the garden that I cannot identify (or have forgotten their name). As hard as I try, I think every time I remember a new plant name, I have to clear a spot in my brain and therefore have to forget an old plant name. And don’t get me started on those folks who can rattle off all the latin identifiers without hesitation. I’ve got a long way to go until I can even read the latin name, let alone remember it!Mystery plant II


Mystery plant III



Mystery plant pink

In the pink

It seems as though all “the pinks” have exploded this week. Lots of blooms from pale salmons to hot fuchsias.  The knockout rose that survived multiple tramplings and abuse during last year’s hardscape project seems to come back better than ever on Cloverleaf Corner:

cloverleaf corner pink rose lighter

Knockout pink

Pink knockout close up

Pink knockout

 It does make me realize that I need to learn how to prune roses a little more severely at the end of the season. I need Luce to come over and butcher them as I don’t yet have the confidence to cut them back enough to reshape or retrain them. 

The sweet pea in the experimental seed garden seems to be doing well but I think it will be a goner once the summer heat hits:

Pink sweet pea

And the dark pink knockout rose looks darker than ever this year:

Dark pink knockout rose

(Apologies for the photo quality. Chris has been out of time so I’ve been having to provide the piccys)

They’re Here……

Look what arrived yesterday: David Austin box arrival

I was up bright and early ready to start the planting process. Our kitchen sink has been overtaken by bare root roses:

bare root in the sink bare rook in the sink II

Hope Chris wasn’t planning to do any cooking this morning.  Now I’m off to dig some holes and to decide where to put all these creatures.



Mothering Sunday

I’ve enjoyed a lovely Mothering Sunday weekend. On Saturday, we went to the Zilker Garden Show. We ran into our neighbors and I think I had my first Austin garden blogger celebrity sighting. Before I’d had a chance to work out whether it would be off-putting to walk up to a complete stranger and say “hello, are you the Rockrose lady?”, I’d lost track of her.  Next time!

On Sunday, after speaking to Katie and Sylvia on the phone, I had a cup of tea and a biscuit while reading the paper. Then found myself enjoying my first outdoor nap of the year listening to Paul O Grady on BBC Radio 2. Chris was lovely enough (!) to capture the moment:

Mothering Sunday nap

Daffodil bloom 101

After refusing to bloom for what seems like an age, one of my daffodil bulbs bloomed this week and there are nine other buds waiting to join the front runner. Even better, the initial bloom decided to make an appearance on my grandmother’s 101st birthday. Happy Birthday, Grandma!Daffodil bloom on Lil's birthday

Sally's Allotment