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Each year I add more wildflower seeds, and the meadow is really taking off.

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As all Austin gardeners know, this has been a really rough spring.

Really cold winter, no rain, late freeze.

I was beginning to doubt whether anything was coming back this year. (I still have my doubts on quite a few plants) I walk around every day looking for some sign of spring, and here’s what’s blooming in my garden.

Bluebonnet

Bluebonnet

Bluebonnet

Bluebonnet

Peach

Peach

Aromatic Sumac

Aromatic Sumac

Coreopsis?

Coreopsis?

Unknown Native WIldflower

Unknown Native WIldflower

Grape Hyacinth - Finally!

Grape Hyacinth – Finally!

Daffodils

Daffodils

Dewberries

Dewberries

False Garlic

False Garlic

Striped WInecup

Striped WInecup

Lady Jane Tulip

Lady Jane Tulip

Cameo Flowering Quince

Cameo Flowering Quince

Cemetary Iris - Probably the only type that will bloom this year

Cemetary Iris – Probably the only type that will bloom this year

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When I ripped out the hedges a few months ago, the plan was to create beds that would provide interest all year long and require little maintenance/water.

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I had a few plants already in place …

Spineless Prickly Pair, Purple Trailing Lantana, Society Garlic, Volunteer Red Autumn Sage, Seasonal Oxalis, Feather Grass

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Dwarf Palmetto

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Rosemary

I decided to go with the color scheme of the existing plants and keep everything in purple, yellow and red.

I added …

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Butterfly Iris, similar to bicolor iris, but I really like the delicate flowers, and of course the color

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Varigated Society Garlic

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Desert Willow Tree

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Buttercup Lantana

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Hot Lips Salvia

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Additional Rosemary

New Gold Lantana, Additional Society Garlic, Additional Feather Grass

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The bed was already anchored on the one side with a good size pyracantha bush.

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I anchored the other side with a Pineapple Guava.

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Ahhh …

Today I did something I haven’t done in months. Nothing!

This morning we sat out on the front porch for a few hours, I actually have no idea how long it was.

Here is the view …

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This afternoon we went for a swim and I took a nice nap in the chair looking out over this …

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I’ve been working so hard, it was good to sit back and just appreciate what I have.

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All About Location

Turk’s Cap

All summer I’ve been battling the Turk’s Cap, just to keep it alive. I didn’t realize when I planted it this spring that it was going to get just a little too much sun. As soon as the weather broke I transplanted to a slightly shadier spot. Within a few days, blooms! The new location has dappled sun in the morning and afternoon, only getting sun when it is directly overhead.

This is a new bed I created by ripping out the overgrown ruelias. I also planted pigeon berries. Last time I planted them in the front yard, and the deer gobbled them up.

Fall Aster

This is my third try at Fall Aster. I’ve never gotten flowers. I think it was the opposite problem, too much shade. I planted this one in the spot vacated by the Turk’s Cap. This spot gets shade in the early morning and late afternoon, but sun for several hours in the middle of the day.

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I don’t know why I didn’t discover it until now. What’s not to love about a plant that produces lots of tiny pink butterflies? I’ve seen white as well, but it doesn’t have the same pop as the pink.

Pink Gaura

When I planted the gaura this spring I just liked the foilage. I had no idea it would be so pretty. I have this plan in mostly sun. It gets some shade in the afternoon.

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Blackfoot Daisy

 

I have tried to grow these again and again with no luck. This morning I was walking through the front yard, while planting, and came across this one. It is growing right at edge of the dry creek bed without a bit of decent soil. Maybe I’ve just been babying them too much all this time. Against all of my gardening instincts, I will be completely ignoring this one.

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