On Facebook Robin of Getting Grounded asked for everyone’s favorite shade perennials. Pam of Digging suggested Pale Leaf Yucca. After looking at her plants and my plants I’m not sure what exactly I have. I got it from my parent-in-law’s land and planted it years ago. But in any case I got motivated to go out and thin that yucca out.
I ended up with four plants where I previously had one.
And seven rather substantial ones to give away. Clearly it needed thinning.
I ended up also cleaning out my lower garden. I think it looks fairly nice at this time of year.
As does the main part of the front yard. I really value having so much structure and color at this time of year, and there’s so much wildlife using the shrubs for cover and picking off seeds.
So here we are on a very bizarre Bloom Day. First off – the blooms!
We had a couple Bluebonnets.
And I found a lone verbena.
But the fear of tomorrows high in the 20s couldn’t keep us inside on this lovely day in the high 60s. So off to the Ladybird Wildflower Center we went.
We improperly operate exercise machines.
Found a sculpture that in other seasons is hidden in tall grass, much like the birds it portrays .
Built a shelter of dubious quality.
And sat on a bench trying to decide where in our yard could accommodate this lovely tree (or three).
The school hasn’t called yet, but it’s looking like we’ll be stuck inside for at least a day this week. But it was nice to get out while we can.
We had a fantastic opportunity drop into our lap. A friend had 3 days reserved at the Chisos Mountain Lodge. So off to Big Bend we went for Christmas. I, of course, drove my family a bit batty taking pictures of plants. It was an amazing trip and I was shocked by the amount of variety. The Pine Woods and Guadalupe River were so different from the more expected desert areas.
I’ve labeled most of what I can. If you know a plant or I’ve mislabeled please leave me a comment!
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On December 7th we had real snow in Austin. The fluffy soft stuff. Not just ice. It was a lot of fun for all of us, and a great chance to see the garden in a totally different way.
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