Friday, October 21, 2011

October Garden

It's actually looking better out there.  That's due to the temperatures being much much cooler now.  If I have failed to mentioned it, 2011 is the hottest summer on record.  We had an insane amount of 100+ degree days I think it was around 80...
Still no rain though, so we have made the decision to add gravel.  When it gets cooler we'll cover about 1/2 of the area with decomposed granite.  That way we can have a small lawn area that we'll be able to water.  We as you can imagine, have water restrictions, and that is not a time when having a large yard is fun.  The plumbago does pretty well without a lot of water, and the star of the show would be lantanas.  I did plant some yellow trailing lantanas.  That's right, even though I really don't like yellow flowers, I chose the trailing yellow lantana.  Mostly coz they have done much better around town than the white and lavender ones.  Easy, no fuzz is the way to go!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Why I love Moonflowers

You give them a little bit of water... that's it, and they reward you with crisp white stunning flowers.  Nothing beats the sight when the bush is loaded.  Most I've ever had was 128 flowers at one time.  Pretty impressive for a bush whos flowers only bloom one night.

Sweet August

Or scorching hot August.  Today the most evil corporation in the world(AT&T)finally showed up to finish the work they started first week of July. 
July 5th a giant hole was dug in our front yard.  The guy from AT&T told me a few days, a week tops.  Well that was a load of manure.  For a month we've had our front yard dug up, a sheet of plywood covering the hole, and the very attractive orange utility fencing.  They even places a note on it.  Work to be completed no later than July 15th 2011.  I guess it took a little bit longer than the few days we were quoted.

I will say the independent contractor that dug the hole was very nice.  As soon as the AT&T tech had finished their work, the hole was filled.  Next day they came back and replaced the sod ruined by plywood and dirt. 


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Soaker hoses

Do you love them or hate them?  I'm kinda on the fence.   During the drought I have used the soakers exclusively in some areas, and the plants seem to get sad quicker than areas I use my small sprinkler on.  Also the small sprinklers only have to be on an area 5-10 min, where as the soaker hoses for well over 30min.
Some seem to work slightly better than others. The smooth ones are still working like they did when I got them last year.   I have found them at the Home Depot. The non- smooth style gets clogged in no time so they are really not cost effective, though they are significantly cheaper than the smooth ones. Either way, in some areas they seem to work, in others, not so much.  I don't think I'll get anymore anytime soon.  Selective watering with the hose and my mini sprinklers seem much more effective.

Another excruciating year it seems.

A guaranteed constant is that time flies. Well in reality, it moves at a steady pace, though you never seem to have enough of it.

After an excruciating cold and dreadful winter, we got to the scorching hot summer. 100+ degrees with no end in sight, and no rain. That's right...nada, zip, zilch.

Over the course of this summer I have come to a conclusion... Rocks ROCK! That's right. They beat the cold, the heat the drought, need no maintenance and no fertilizers or insecticides. Rocks are great.
Texas is in an exceptional drought. Currently the third worst in the history of our great state.
Sadly enough I have decided to "kill" off certain plants. Mainly the ones that need water.
Even the ones with moderate water needs. We'll just stick with the basics. Heat tolerant, drought tolerant AND cold tolerant. That's right. After this awfully cold winter we had, my Aloes and Agaves decided to perish. Really to bad, because I have never watered an agave, so they really would have worked well.
I have been checking the VERY XERIC section at high country gardens.
So much for my love of dahlias. They have all perished in the drought. It is not even possible to water enough IF you left the sprinklers on 24/7. Rainwater is desperately needed, nothing is better than rainwater.

Friday, February 4, 2011


that's right, after what seems like endless days without end with subzero temperatures ( nor high teens!!!!!!!!!!) The meteorologists were right, and white fluffy flakes fell from the sky. Actually enough to blanket the yard. It will be interesting to see what will survive this frigid week. Doesn't quite look like my Christmas light powered"greenhouses" were enough. Colt is having a ball in the snow, though Puppy could definitely do without it

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Prepping for the Artic Front

This might be another killer frost. Last year we got a way to cold few days that wiped out half my citruses, and if the meteorologist are correct, this looks like another one.
I have been spending days trying to get ready. There's a LOT of plants to cover. Had a genius idea of creating mini greenhouses out of plastic sheeting, wire fencing and Christmas lights. Actually looks great at night, luminaries scattered across the yard

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Daffs are Here!!!!!

and that means SPRING!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Nuts for fruit trees???

Well this spring hubby and be went from garden center to garden center, in essence stocking up on fruit trees. Our 5day loot tallied
2 Persimmon
4 Apple Trees
4 Figs
2 Pomegranates.
We've even gotten all of them planted, and that in itself is a feat with our limestone riddled "soil"
And we've planted over 100 onion sets.
Now we just have to hope for a normal mild winter.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

2011 is here

What a year 2010 was. I lost Kaos, saw Raven resurrected to almost puppy like state before he passed. Then we were blessed with our new addition. Colt. If I complained the dogs ruined my garden before..... that was nothing compared to the havok my little rocket butt is creating. Sometimes I think we have miscommunicated somehow. It's the grassy areas that's OK to play on, not the flower beds.
I don't know why, but it's not bothering me as much as it did when Raven tore things out. I might just have realized that I'd give the garden up in a heartbeat to have just one more day with him and Kaos.

Whatever survives, survives, the other... can always be replaced with something new and exciting from the garden center. Unfortunately he's not tearing up my nemesis, the pink evening primrose. The flowers ARE dainty and beautiful, but.... They are COMPLETELY taking over. I've even tried to gain some control with Roundup, to no prevail.