Friday, May 29, 2009


Sometimes texture is the star in the garden!

Thursday, May 21, 2009


What can you say about hydrangea that comes close to describing its beauty? If I were a poet, I'd write a poem!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora) and Texas Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens)
These two Texas natives were made for each other! They both need little water and almost no maintenance. The grey of the Texas Sage against the coral buds and yellow blooms of the Red Yucca is perfect! These photos were taken this morning on my way to work.

Monday, May 18, 2009


Rudbeckia hirta 'Cappuccino'

I started seeds of this brand new Black Eyed Susan last winter. They have been placed through-out the garden and in pots. The one above contains Cappuccino and coleus. I love the vibrant colors and the size of the blooms, which so far are about five inches.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Echinacea 'Orange Meadowbrite' and 'Sundown'

I have Echinacea 'Sundown,' 'Orange Meadowbrite,' 'Harvest Moon,' Tomato Soup, and 'Summer Sky' growing together. The 'Orange Meadowbrite is always the first then followed by 'Sundown.' It looks like the 'Harvest Moon' will be next. I also planted 'Tiki Torch' but it didn't make it. When the Orange coneflowers started hitting the market a few years ago, I was elated. I still love the pinks but there is something unusual about orange colored daisy like flowers. I may end up with every orange out there - If I can keep them alive!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Sweet Pea 'High Scent' & 'Perfume Delight'Bouquet #2

I think Sweet Peas look best arranged informally all by themselves. The scent is heaven on earth!

Monday, May 11, 2009


Clematis 'Warsaw Nike'

Purple is my second favorite color. In the garden I always find it striking. Clematis 'Warsaw Nike' is a deep shade of purple that I'm always excited to see. I have it growing up my arbor onto an old rake.

Saturday, May 9, 2009


Bouquet No. 2

I make bouquets from my flowers often. I seem to never take pictures of them however. I've decided with this mixed bouquet that I will start! The flowers in the arrangement are Bachelor's Buttons, Love-in-a-Mist, Sweet Peas, Larkspur, Roses, Yarrow, and Jewels of Opar.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cinco de Mayo

Houttuynia cordata Chameleon
Today is 'Battle of Puebla Day' in Mexico or more commonly known in the U.S. as 'Cinco de Mayo.' To commemorate, I'm posting pictures of the ground cover 'Houttuynia' or as most gardeners around Texas call it 'Hootn'nany.' Houttuynia in Vietnamese translates to 'fishy smell.' I actually like the pungent scent. You don't smell it, however, unless you bruise the foliage. I usually break off a leave as I pass. Some people find the smell repulsive. My 'Hootn'nany' grows in a bed with Miscanthus, Purple Heart, and some re-seeding Love-in-the-Mist. I have the variety 'Chameleon.' This is where I'm making the 'Cinco de Mayo' connection as Chameleon is a virtual 'Fiesta' of color! Okay- corny I know!

Monday, May 4, 2009


Rosa 'The Fairy cl.' and 'Red Cascade'

I planted 'The Fairy' and 'Red Cascade' so that they would climb the same arbor. I got lucky because they bloom at exactly the same time! I love the pink/red combo.