“I Think I Jinxed Myself” should perhaps be a more fitting title for this particular post! Little did I know when I titled this post last week that I would a) wake up to a flat tire on my trusty steed b) end up having to buy a “new” tire c) find out a few hours later that the “new” tire also had a hole in it, and d) have to replace the “new” tire with another new “new” tire.
Things are changing finally in Central Texas, nighttime temperatures are now occasionally dipping, something
Asparagus setaceus / Asparagus plumosus
or Plumosa Fern
Don’t be fooled by this fern’s delicate disposition, it is as hard as nails and tolerates anything the Texas weather throws at it. You can let it creep around other plants like I now do to offer contrast to broader leaf plants like this burgundy canna lily, (a pairing that works very well together) or you can be a little more ambitious with it as I was some years ago…
I planted two tiny plants against these bamboo poles, a couple of years later they resembled conifers. The plant will grow in full sun to shade and it will spread, so watch out where you plant it. It is also toxic and has thorns but other than that I personally like it. It would work really well if left to its own devices to climb over ornamental gates etc.
The onset of all my fragrant mist flowers and my
These aphid consuming, beneficial little hover flies are all over the place at the moment,
Also still blooming are the fall asters,
Remember my flatulent stock tank that burped and threw up on me last March? My halflings affectionately refer to this particular tank as “the poop-pond” due to it having Dillo Dirt in it.
a front make-over:
Lots of Asiatic jasmine ground cover was removed (stay calm, stay calm, deep breaths, (subtle knee murmur)) along with the existing shrubbery that was getting rather long in the tooth.
In its place came a weed suppressed base of grey Tejas black gravel and a fresh new planting scheme, heavy on the prostate rosemary to cascade over the elevated retainer wall, the intent being something like this:
“Poking around the Pokeweed”
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