Sunday, April 27, 2014

A must-see Austin garden tour

The Inside Austin Gardens Tour is this Saturday, May 3 from 9 to 4.  For $15 you can tour six gardens selected by the Travis County Master Gardeners Association for "exemplary quality and design" - or pay $5 to see a single garden.  There will also be plant sales, book sales and informal discussions at each garden.  A map and all the details can be found at http://insideaustingardens.org, but here's a quick look at four of the six gardens.

Dugie and David Graham’s Garden
Graham Garden

Graham Garden

Graham Garden

Austin Neal’s Garden
Austin Neal's garden

Austin Neal's garden

Austin Neal's garden

Ken and Robin Howard Moore’s Garden
Howard Garden

Howard Garden

Howard Garden

Jerry Naiser’s Garden
Naiser Garden

Naiser Garden

Naiser Garden

Lori Daul's garden is not pictured here, but it's amazing - if you can only see one garden, see hers! KLRU's "Central Texas Gardener" visited her garden recently, you can watch the episode here.

I'll be working the AgriLife Extension Demonstration Garden (also not pictured) from 12 to 4, and you can see it for free, so come see me!

Words and photos © 2009-2014 Caroline Homer for "The Shovel-Ready Garden". Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Rollicking larkspur in the front garden

rol·lick·ing (adjective) \ˈrä-li-kiŋ\
: enjoyable in a lively or noisy way
Larkspur

: boisterously carefree, joyful, or high-spirited
Larkspur


Synonyms: hell-raising, knockabout, rambunctious, 
Larkspur

raucous, robustious, roisterous,
Larkspur

boisterous, rowdy, rumbustious [chiefly British]
Larkspur

Antonyms: orderly
Larkspur

Every stem of larkspur in my garden is an indirect passalong from MSS, who has blogged at Zanthan Gardens since 2006.
Larkspur

M cultivated this readily reseeding heat- and drought-loving annual over several years, culling all the pink-blooming stems before they went to seed, leaving only shades of blue, purple and white.
Larkspur

She gathered the abundant seeds and shared them with her friends who garden, who shared them with their friends who garden, and so on, and so on.
Larkspur

Now her larkspur runs roughshod over Austin gardens every spring - except in her own garden. She recently blogged that she has hardly any larkspur blooming this year.
Larkspur

What's rollicking in your garden this spring?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

GBBD April 2014: Here come the roses!

After two unusually strong cold snaps five weeks apart, the roses have started to bloom in Central Texas.

'Old Blush' is always one of the very first to bloom.  I post a photo almost exactly like this nearly every spring.
'Old Blush' rose

'Mutabilis' usually blooms next, each blossom changing from apricot to pink to fuchsia in a matter of days.  (Earth-kind)
'Mutabilis' rose

'Sunny Knock Out' rose is a relatively new addition to the garden.  (Earth-kind)
'Sunny Knock Out' rose

While those three are in full-on flush mode, 'Buff Beauty' is just getting started. She wants to put out long arching canes, but I don't have the space, so I've pruned her back hard into a trellis rose. She's never had more buds than this year.
'Buff Beauty' rose

Also in bloom but not pictured: poppies, bluebonnets, larkspur, cilantro, sweet peas, spiderwort, columbine, yellow daisies, 'May Night' salvia.

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.  Visit her April GBBD page to see springtime blossoms all around the world.

Words and photos © 2009-2014 Caroline Homer for "The Shovel-Ready Garden". Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring poppies

Spring is popping up all over!  The gardening tours, fairs, shows and sales are in full swing, and the poppies are at their peak.
poppies

I'm sad that none of my bread seed poppies returned, but these are lovely.
red poppy

The roses will be blooming next...

Words and photos © 2009-2014 Caroline Homer for "The Shovel-Ready Garden". Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.