A friend asked me recently if I'd stopped blogging. It's understandable that she and other readers might wonder. May and June are always hectic here on my corner of Katy and the Head Gardener is a hard taskmistress. She maintains the attitude that she's in a frantic race with Mother Nature to accomplish all the garden tasks the HG deems not merely necessary, but imperative. She has me out there until I'm ready to drop, readying the gardens for the onslaught of The Awful.*
|I did take a couple of days off to visit my sister in Austin and thought I'd|
share some pictures from that trip here. This is a planting in the parking lot of
a shopping center on Lamar Road in Austin.
I passed this INCREDIBLE Texas Olive (Cordia bossier) as I was driving
through an Austin neighborhood.
This means that every year I have to listen to her telling me how we are going to reduce the number of container plantings OR replant those containers with water-wise plants in order to minimize the amount of quality time we spend with the hose. I'm also familiar with her decided opinion (and she is unanimous in that) that no perennial plants, shrubs, or trees should be purchased after May 15th because the risk of losing them to heat stress is too great. Do I listen? Of course not. I bought a summer phlox and an orange echinacea on Tuesday last at Maas Nursery in Seabrook. And there are 2 pink skullcaps awaiting planting too. As I tell the HG and my friends, I don't gamble at casinos ... I do it at nurseries. I especially like to gamble at nurseries in different planting zones ... in 2011, I brought home plants from Seattle and in 2012, from Asheville. I'm sure 2013 will be no different and I'll return from San Francisco with more than a few plants.
Yes, in less than 2 weeks, I'm headed to San Francisco to meet up with other garden bloggers for the 6th annual Garden Bloggers Fling. This is my first visit to the City by the Bay and I'm not sure what has me the most excited: the city itself, the awesome gardens the Fling committee has chosen for us to see, the cooler weather, or spending time catching up with old friends and making new ones!
|A pond and sculpture at East Austin Succulents/Tillery Street Plant Company.|
This blog has enriched my life immeasurably and the Flings are a huge part of that. So, no, I'm not giving up on blogging ... I may be even more sporadic than I have been in the past or I may get some serious blogging mojo back. The Head Gardener, for all her quirks and eccentricities, always has my back (and I hers) and she's unanimous in her belief that I should keep on keeping on.
Indeed, so happy to hear you blogging again.. You do have a cool trip. II wonder what plant is on the parking lot of a shopping center on Lamar Road in Austin.