Thought I’d share a few photos of some plants that tend to takeover in the summer months. It will be interesting to see how they look in April compared to June. One thing about being new to gardening is I’m still hesitant to pull up anything green even though I know it may be running rampant within weeks. Maybe that will come with time and more confidence.

Sunflowers takeover the garden in some sections. Apart from the plants that Mickey eats before they have a chance to bloom, they get a bit gangly in the summer and I probably have way too many, but they bring so many bursts of color it is hard to pluck them out at this point. The purple basil also goes barmy once June hits:

Sunflower takeover

Sunflower takeover II

Come July and August I probably pull out 10-15 cosmos plants per weekend. Their orange blooms remind me of marigolds but I need to investigate what I can do to stop them growing to the size of sunflowers prior to blooming:

Cosmos creep

Although in March it never looks like they are going to make a comeback, by April it’s clear that the lantana, leopard plant, hostas, moon flowers and blue salvias are back in action:


Lepard plant

Moon flower

Purple blue sage

And even though each year they come out at least three weeks later than my neighbor, Sandy’s, my daisies are about to pop:

Late blooming daisy

Last year, I realized the red and white Texas Star Hibiscus plants were too close together but I don’t want to risk moving them as they look fantastic when fully grown:

Texas Star Hibiscus Red

Texas Star Hibiscus White

And finally, the pomegranate trees are starting to bud albeit a little later than usual. Another tree that I think I butcher back each winter but when they start to bloom I realize I wasn’t really tough enough:

Pomegranate buds

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

Sally's Allotment