Howdy! I've been gardening pretty serious on this plot for nearly 15 years, and it's time to take my adolescent garden into the next phase of development...a central Tejas mature edible forest art project and wildlife habitat. Jump in anytime, your comments are invaluable so please leave one.
Zone 8b, Austin~TEXAS, Crestview
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Oh, What the Rain Brings!
I've been sick about losing my American Elm and a big part of that was thinking that my tiny pet lawn...it's St. Augustine, would die because it's a shade grass. Well, since the tree's been gone the other trees have stretched up and the past week of rain has left my lawn looking like a shag carpet from the 70's! You can't even see the rock edging!
What is quite disturbing is this bird bath. Before the rain it had a bunch of gunk on the bottom...now I'm worrying about the quality of the rain. What on earth could scrub a concrete fixture clean...other than say...acid? I'm not sure what to make of this.
On the other hand, the plants seem to be thriving...this is my second flush of chili petin!
And...I've never seen blooms on the asparagus fern before!
And, it's grown right out of the top of the chiminea planter!
They say we got between 5-8 inches last week over several days...which was just so amazingly lovely and cool. All of the plants in the garden said ahhhhh. Today, I had to get out there and cover the greens garden back up...2 days without rain and full sun...everything was wilty.
Once again I missed the Garden Blogger's Bloom Day so I'll just put the list here...this is what's blooming right now in my yarden:
blue mealy sage
purple trailing lantana
eggs n' butter
Pride of Barbados
purple cone flower
crape myrtle eggplant orange esperanza firecracker fern rudbeckia almond verbena black and blue sage chili petin hymenoxis rosemary
Post rain tally 39... a lot of this stuff wouldn't usually be blooming now. The rain has been a blessing!