Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Promises to a bougainvillea!

As I went on my stroll through my backyard this morning, I grabbed the camera, but thought to myself that I really didn't have anything to talk about or take a picture of...... wow was I wrong!

This past holiday weekend was very busy for me in the garden. Saturday I made it out to the Zilker Gardens for the Succulent show and sale. Saw lots of very interesting and colorful succulents and bought me a few to neatly arrange in a container. I've been reading the book that Pam at Digging reviewed on Succulents - it's given me lots of ideas.

Sunday morning garden time was time spent maintaining, planting some miscellaneous this and thats, moving a few things that just weren't in the right place. I planted the bamboo that I bought at the bamboo festival a couple weeks ago. It's very small now - but it will grow fast. I've got 4 Golden Goddess Bamboo plants planted along my fence - hoping that real soon it will soften the fence line and add interest.

And finally, on my trek through Home Depot, I bought a beautiful bougainvillea. I admit that I've NEVER been able to keep a bougainvillea alive..... I'm very very committed to really making this one a go! I'll keep my blog updated with my promise to the bougainvillea!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Signs of recovery

Every morning this week, I've noticed all of the plants looking much healthier, happier, not stressed so much. It's been wonderful. I can't wait for those days when I can spend a couple of hours in the garden, some time working - some time sitting on the patio, under the pergola, with a tasty drink - paper umbrella included!
One happy little Morning Glory.

Morning blooms: Abutilon and Pink Skullcap.

Monday, August 31, 2009

I have bamboo on my mind!

I visited the Bamboo Society festival recently at Zilker Gardens and bought some really nice looking bamboo. Pictured on the leftr is some running Bamboo, varigated and it gets about 2-2.5 feet tall. I'll keep it in a pot in a japanese style garden I'm creating. It's all ready to be separated into two pots. The other is 'Golden Goddess'. I'll plant this in front of part of the many miles of wooden fence I'm trying to cover up!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday morning specials

I found this passion flower being friendly to the turk's cap. This particular passion flower vine is compliments of a bird or something as I didn't plant that particular variety, although do have a different passion flower vine in another spot in the yard.

The water lilly had 3 blooms this morning! I've got plans to put in a larger raised water lilly garden...... but that's not for this weekend or the next!

The red tipped hibiscus is perky and dark purple/red as ever. I gave it a good watering last night.

Note to self: figure out how to post pics and text using blogger.....

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Counting down the days

I agree with Pam at Digging, the sun has slowly started to loose some intensity.... before the sun rises, the mornings are a couple of degrees cooler. I'm hanging in there til it drops 10 degrees and the heat looses it's grip on my garden!

I wanted to post a pic of a Queen Victoria agave as Amy talked about in her blog. I've 3 small ones planted in a front garden. I like their small starlike shape. Amy mentioned a varigated one - I'll have to be on the lookout for that for sure!

Also, just a quick plug for the Austin Bamboo Society show this weekend at Zilker. I'll be there for sure. Their information on the website says there will be vendors there - hope they have some nice varieties of bamboo for reasonable prices.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Updates on my garden activities

It's been awhile since I created my blog, so wanted to post an update. As with all gardens in Austin, I'm in full heat distress. Although I'm out there everyday making sure everything gets watered and assess any fatalities.

I've got plans for a zen sand meditation area in my back corner, a raised fall veggie garden and initial thoughts of a (somewhat raised) pond. Lots going on in my mind and on paper.

I did manage to plant 4 japanese yews I got on sale at Home Depot as a start to the zen meditation garden. One of the bushes doesn't look so well - I think I'll pull it and take it back.

Monday, June 1, 2009

The blooming running gardener!

This morning I was able to do two of my favorite things! Running and gardening. I was up early and met some friends at 6am off of Manor drive and ran 6 miles. Great course, lots to see. Tarrytown neighborhood, interesting front yard gardening - and then a run through campus.

And.... gardening... I finally figured the art of mulching! I cut the end of the mulch bag then drug it around my garden kicking when the mulch got stuck and wasn't coming out. What an 'a-ha moment'!

New arrivals in my garden: I have a magnolia tree planted and trained as a vine. It's in a pot so it won't get too big, but it's really impressive to be on a vine trellis. It's finally blooming - and many more blooms to come. Can't wait. I'll post pics here soon.

Oh yes - I do work... so back to the salt mine for the day!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Newbie Blogger - Here I come!

There are several blogs that I enjoy following everyday - so today I just thought - well, why not me! So, here's my first post to my blog. I'm hoping to post pics of my garden as it unfolds and blooms and flourishes. My garden is a statement of regard.