Sunday, April 13, 2008

Recognize these faces from the Fling?

Anyone recognize these faces from our visit to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center last weekend during the Spring Fling?

I went back this week for the members preview of their annual Wildflower Days plant sale and picked up a few things for my garden. The lines are long (but move) and the parking is about a mile away, but it's for a great cause and I love to go and see all the native plants in one place with throngs of people supporting the cause. Makes me smile.

I got some Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium leucanthum), Four Nerve Daisy (Tetraneuris scaposa), Drummond Phlox (Phlox drummondii), and a Wild Onion (Allium canadense) -- to add to the new wildflower bed to REPEL the deer!
So, now they just need to be planted! But, I am so proud to report that instead of planting them today, I actually WEEDED the vegetable garden. (This is my least favorite thing to do in the garden.) But since they are fresh, new beds, it's easy and I know if I can keep on top of it I will be some much happier come Summer. Next I need to put some more newspaper down and mulch around the plants as the soil is warm enough now for everything.
These plants, ordered from catalogs, also need to be planted. They include toad lilies, Spiderwort, Crinum lilies and a few other unusual things.

Unfortunately, I am STILL waiting on my RUSH daylily order of a month ago, because they apparently don't think I should be planting yet. I got an opportunity to email and request early shipping, but haven't heard a word back from them since I did that 2 weeks ago. I think I am going to cancel the whole order and just try to find the plants locally. I met someone at the Zilker Garden Fest who was from Lockhart and grew and sold daylilies, but didn't get a card. I ordered 8 different varieties, though, so now I will have to go on the hunt. Suggestions, anyone?


Pam/Digging said...

I had that problem with a catalog order for echinaceas once. They didn't arrive until May, I think---well after the planting season here in Austin. I won't be doing that again anytime soon.

Your Wildflower Center purchases look great. I bet you had fun!

Diana said...

Most places I've ordered from at least stagger their shipping based on your zone. This is my first time to have a problem. They are supposed to ship in less than 2 weeks now...I suppose I will just wait and put them in the minute they arrive. The Wildflower Center was fun, albeit a lot more crowded than the day we were there!

Frances, said...

Hi Diana, looks like some good choices for your area. Lucky you, to be able to go the wildflower center anytime you want. Bummer about the daylilies, was it a northern source, not able to dig them yet maybe? Buying locally is probably much better anyway. Daylilies can be planted anytime, here anyway, they are so very tough, they even grow if a piece of root is laying on the ground!

Diana said...

Frances - Yes, we are lucky to be able to go there. I need to take my daughter again, we haven't been with her in a year and she loves wildflowers. You know how sometimes you forget about the things to see and do right in your own area. I will just wait for the daylilies - I placed such a great order and they will be fine. I was just ready to get them in. Your hellebores and ribbon grass are still here. I'm not sure about the deer and I guess we will see about the heat in August, but you get hot weather, too, so my fingers are crossed.