Where We've Been & Where We're Going: 2013

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.
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 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.  
A pond and sculpture at East Austin Succulents/Tillery Street Plant Company.
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!  

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.  


Carol Michel said…
Yes, you should keep on blogging. Your corner of Katy is now Our corner of Katy and we want to keep up with whatever you and the Headgardener decide to do there.
Gail said…
I hear you Cindy and know exactly how you feel! Keep on pushing the zones and buying plants at Fling~You know I will, too. I love what Carol said and totally agree. xoxogail
David said…
I was wondering where you had disappeared to. Glad to know you are OK. I was thinking again about emergency rooms and garden art. Whew...nice to know you were in Austin. As you well know, I also try to cut off buying new plants by May 15th. Then comes the 1/2 off clearance sales on June 1st and the need to provide a home to those orphaned plants is unbearable.
Alison said…
Looking forward to seeing you at the Fling! It's my second trip to San Francisco, but the first time was over 20 years ago. I'm sure I'll be bringing some plants home too. Here's hoping they all survive, yours and mine.
I can't wait to see you! I'll be the one jumping up and down at the airport :)
Pam/Digging said…
Looking forward to seeing you at the Fling, Cindy!
keep on keepin on my friend! the list of unfinished chores will just have to wait until we get back from the bay. see you there!
It will be great to see you Cindy. It is hard to blog when you're trying to get everything in order, I know. I'm a little stressed just thinking that next Sunday I have to finish all my gardening tasks before I leave for SF. It will be a race but I'll relax when I get there, and you will too!
Anonymous said…
Can't wait to see you again. Glad you're back blogging too. I know how you feel about the HG. The one here is a tough taskmistress too.~~Dee
Kathy said…
May and June are hectic here, too, because we have to wait for our Big Awful to be over with before so many things can be planted.
Samantha said…
"..It is hard to blog when you're trying to get everything in order,Glad you're back blogging too."

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.
Edwin Thompson said…
Cool Texas Olive plant..
Cindy, MCOK said…
Thanks, y'all, for your comments. I'm back from Fling and yes, I did buy plants!