Sunday, February 8, 2015

Moving Sparklers

Since planting my Leopard Plant (Ligularia tussilaginea 'Aureo-maculata') a couple of years ago, it has diminished each spring.  So I finally decided to dig it up and eventually find it a new location.

In its place, I moved my three Sparkler Sedges (Carex phyllocephala 'Sparkler') which have been doing alright, but certainly not flourishing.  Hopefully, they'll be happier in the new spot.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Planting Pansies

Six Pansie (Viola tricolor) pots.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Planting: Annuals & Agaves

I typically plant several pots in my backyard with green-leafed, red-flowering Begonias.  But for some reason, this year, I had a very hard time finding that Begonia flavor.  So I eventually gave in and got a variety of different annuals potted.

White-flowering Begonias

 Polka-dot Plant

(Solenostemon scutellarioides variety)

 Coleus 'Carefree Mix'

Coleus 'Dijon'
Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Dijon'

 And I finally got around to planting a couple of special Agaves.


Unfortunately, neither of these Agave varieties are completely cold-hardy here in Austin, so I'll likely need to protect or greenhouse them during the winter.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Succulent Pot Planting

I finally got around to planting some succulents that have been needing a home for several months.

The largest pot contains Gasteria 'Sakura Fuji' in the back left, Gasteria sp. (can anyone identify?) in the back right, Kraal Aloe (Aloe claviflora) in the center, Orthophytum sp. in the front left and Dyckia marnier-lapostollei x Brittle Star in the front right.

Resin Spurge (Euphorbia resinifera) got a small pot of its own.

As did Euphorbia ferox which should eventually spread out over the entire pot.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Planting Plants

It's been Agave planting time.  At the top of my backyard path, I placed a White Striped Century Plant (Agave americana var. medio-picta f. alba) into a pot to become the vocal point and add a splash of brightness there.

In the middle level of my Three Tiers Bed, I added three Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor' to repeat the colors found in the recently planted Yucca 'Color Guard' (Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard').  This combination replaces the Agaves and Dyckias I lost to last winter's late hard freeze.

On the lowest level of Three Tiers, I replaced another Agave freeze victim with Agave 'Cream Spike'.

I also added some more Salvia coccinea 'Lady in Red' to the same bed as before - so that should complete the front of that bed.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Planting This & That

Over the last week, I finally got around to actually purchasing and plantings some plants.

The missus wanted some mint, so I got three varieties: Doublemint (Mentha 'Doublemint'), Kentucky Colonel (Mentha spicata 'Kentucky Colonel') and Red Stem Applemint (Mentha x gracilis ‘Madalene Hill’).

I finally found Salvia coccinea 'Summer Jewel Red' (I had been looking for it since early last year) and will likely return to get more.
Correction: On revisit to nursery, discovered that they were the more commonly available 'Lady in Red' variety (so it looks like I'll be going with that!)

I also decided to try Cobweb Spiderwort (Tradescantia sillamontana) in three places with different soil types and shade levels.  It'll be interesting to see to which it adapts to best.

I got the Yucca 'Color Guard' (Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard') to replace the Twin-flowered Agave that failed to survive the winter.

Some annuals finally made an appearance with Coleus 'Red Red Wine' getting a pot of it's own.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Flower Power: April 2014

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Established Plants

Catlin's Giant Ajuga (Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant')

Chocolate Chip Ajuga (Ajuga reptans 'Valfredda')

Cedar Sage (Salvia roemeriana)

Gulf Coast Penstemon (Penstemon tenuis)
Potted Plants

Formosa Red Azalea (Azalea indica 'Formosa Red')

Spider Aloe (Aloe x spinosissima)

Ox Tongue (Gasteria glomerata)

Ox Tongue (Gasteria liliputana)

Indoor Plants
Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis sp.)

Flower Wannabes

Dwarf Buford Holly (Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii Nana')


Rattlesnake Agave (Manfreda maculosa)

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum sp.)