I usually clip the seed heads of my Inland Sea Oats when they are still green. This year I've let them go to seed. I'm enjoying seeing the pretty tan color on them. I'll pay for it, however, next spring when new little blades of grass will be popping up everywhere. Guess I'll be on all fours plucking them out one by one! One of those 'keeps me outta trouble' things!
that Zinnia was given the flower of the year for 2011 by the National Garden Bureau, and decided to grow some. Little did I know that it would turn out to be the hottest and
driest summer on record for Texas, so of course, I had very little blooms or
buds. I religiously watered beyond my comfort level determined to keep them
alive so that I would have flowers in the fall. I'm not sure if the price I had
to pay both financially and environmentally was worth it, but I sure am
enjoying their autumn blooms.
I let this bed grow like a wildflower meadow. All the annuals in it come back from seed every year. I let them grow where they may. The purple flowers are Gomprhena globosa. The spots of red here and there are two different plants, Emilia javanica in the background in the top left corner andSaliva coccinea in the foreground. The bush on the far left foreground is a miniature pomegranate.
If you grow grasses, you know that after a few years they tend to hollow out in the center. When this happens, the correct thing to do is divide. I also saw an article that said to use a drill in the soil and new grass will grow. I tried that with my Pink Muhly GrassMuhlengergia capillarisand it didn't work. I was too lazy to divide it this year so instead, I planted a Purple Fountain GrassPennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' in the hole. Sometimes you just have to break the rules!