When I got there, the previous gardener had put in a hand full of Leadwort plumbago that were hanging on. I transplanted Bulbine from Zilker to compliment the deep blue and help stop the bus traffic from trampling the beds...they look lovely now! I also added Katie Ruellia, not knowing for sure if it would be able to stand the heat and Gregg's Mistflower for some height. Surprisingly, the Ruellia is thriving in full sun, against the road.
After taking the City's Green Garden Certification class, I happened to be at Howson when the project manager showed up to visit with the roofer. I asked if a water collection system was in the plan, which it was not, and so began a long discussion about having one set up. I feel very proud to have pushed this through, even though the construction and choice of material were not mine, the project is in place and collecting water presently! This makes it easier for the new gardener who should have plenty of water to last through the winter, when the city shuts the water off.
This is the Children's Meadow, well...that's what I call it, next to the empty birdcage in the Green Garden at Zilker. I was told that the land had previously been an Indian burial ground, though I was unable to find any real documentation of such...and was probably told to me to avoid lending a hand. Never the less, with that in mind, I didn't remove the rocks in the area but put them in 3 mounds for interest. The planting was to highlight the new plants on the New Grow Green Guide released last Christmas.
I lost one Gulf Muhly, otherwise, the Little Meadow is filling in beautifully.