Monday, February 25, 2008

This is no joke!


I cleared my calendar today in anticipation of 84 degrees and a full day of planting. It turned out to be 92 - unbelievable!

So, here's what happened in my gardens today. I went to the nursery early this morning and bought every thing they had in stock that was deer-resistant and then scurried home like a little ant to begin my planting. I WAS the ant today.

I planted about 35 plants - and got most of the new bed in place, dirt spread, rocks removed and leaves scooped out. I will certainly add more, and some things with different blooming seasons like some wildflowers and some cutting flowers, but for now, this is a good start.




In the new bed, I planted:

3 Blackfoot daisy
1 Flame Acanthus - Anisacanthus wrighti
3 Damianita - Chryactinia Mexicana
3 Delphinium - bellamosum
1 Mexican Oregano - Poliomentha
5 Indian Paint Brush - Castilleja
9 Rosemary Shimmering Stars - rosmarinus prostratus
5 Society garlic
1 Crepe Myrtle tree that I propagated last summer



Elsewhere, I planted:

1 Nicotiana - pink
4 Snapdragons
1 Cherry Laurel

I started to post a picture of the horrible dirt and rock that I had to dig and crack through to plant these things. I added several inches of garden soil, but the natural dirt was nothing but rock, caliche and black clay so hard that it was just like clumps of rock. Ugh! I hope this amendment will be enough to help the plants grow. Many of them are tough by nature, and deer and drought resistant, so maybe they will feel right at home in my rocks!

Other people were working at my house today, too. The fence is finished! YEAH. The gate was built and hung and it's lovely. Well, maybe not lovely, but functional and it makes me smile. And it WILL be lovely, after I've added some doo-dads and thing-a-ma-jiggies.



My back hurts and I'm the "good" tired. I'm off to bed. Tomorrow, it's supposed to be 63 for the high, after a front blows through tonight. 30 degrees difference in 1 day -- crazy Texas weather. I'll be working inside!