First plant purchases of the season!

I’ve caught the spring fever bug if you’ve sneaked a peek at my Instagram. Temperatures in the North Texas area are in the low 80s for the past week. It was time for my seasonal commute to North Haven Gardens and big box stores around town.

First, off to North Haven Gardens…herbs, colorful annuals and perennials snagged:

I wanted to start some lemongrass from seed, but haven’t found any local retailers selling seed. Calloway’s Nursery in Denton had this one specimen in stock, so I figured I’d pick it up…along with a bag of expanded shale. The kitties like inspecting grassy things.

I need to shop for some catgrass seed!

I finally found some Red Rubin basil seeds at Home Depot. Couldn’t resist picking up lily bulbs and more annual/perennial color. Weekend garden project, here we come!

 

End of summer garden inspection

We neglected the front yard beds over the height of summer (June-August) and emerged over the Labor Day weekend to perform some maintenance. I spent a couple of weekends in September cleaning up the beds, trimming back some shrubs, and uprooting the casualties. Some plants obviously did not take too well the stretch of 100+ temperatures in August, most noticeably the young azaleas and our Waterfall Japanese Maple. At first we thought the drip line system to blame, but when we had a contractor come out to inspect our sprinkler system, he recommended that the drip system be run a minimum of 20 minutes–much more than the 5 minute run we had originally programmed. Safe to say that the plants are much happier going into Fall.

The cleanup obviously opened up some gaps in the garden beds to introduce new plantings as well.

Now if I can only muster up the energy to get some spring-flowering bulbs into the ground!

First plant purchases of 2016

…and also the first plant purchases for the new house.

We’ve begun to landscape our front yard. The plan is to wind a flagstone path up to the front door, around the front beds and landing at the yard fence door.

Part of the yard plan includes extending the flower beds about 2 feet deeper as well as the larger north east corner bed, and finally creating a new bed against the north wall of the house.

First purchase of the year found us at Shades of Green in Frisco. We had gone there to check out the nursery and hunt down ideas for a feature tree. My first impulse at any garden center is to look at their salvia selection. I was pleasantly surprised to find a good number of autumn sages, i.e. salvia greggii, especially the Teresa cultivar, in stock. At Calloway’s in North Dallas, the stunning variegated lavender Meerlo caught my eye.

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