Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A little rain and a little motivation

It's amazing what a little rain will do for the garden ... and for the gardener's soul.

I am totally invigorated by the recent two days of steady rain that totals more than an inch. In our drought stricken area, this is a real blessing.

So yesterday, after a lovely lunch with Robin, of Getting Grounded, we went to Barton Springs Nursery to see what we could see. And we -- rather -- I -- saw some bluebonnet PLANTS that had to come home with me!

I have not been successful with seeds because I have too much mulch in most places they would like to grow. So yesterday I painstakingly amended the soil with crushed granite in 3 little spots and pulled back mulch and made them a home. And then fenced them in immediately so my deer friends, Emmy and Lulu, wouldn't come snack on them! (Did you notice that Madame Daffodil has invited a friend to her Spring Party?)

I also planted a Potato Vine and I bought an Abutilon that will get planted today. I've been eyeing everyone else's and been green with envy. Unfortunately mine was mis-labeled, and when I called they just didn't know what kind it was because it was a gift to them from a friend. I guess nurseries get passalongs, too. So I will post a picture tomorrow and you can help me ID it.

I also got a few Rain Lilies that Robin picked up from Annie at The Transplantable Rose when she was passing-along. I didn't get in on the offer quick enough, but Robin shared hers with me and I am so excited to have some -- I've never had any -- thanks to both of you!

And the rain has also prompted these little Crocosmia above to pop right up out of the ground in search of sunshine.
This lovely Hibiscus was waiting for me when I went into the greenhouse yesterday to open it up and let some humidity in from outside. Wow. It's really very intricate. My photo doesn't do it justice.
And here is the Bougainvillea that Robin gave me last Fall. Blooming happily -- in February! She must think she is in Mexico!
As does this Desert Rose, happily blooming away in the greenhouse.

15 comments:

Gail said...

Diana, So glad to hear about your rain...I knew you were having drought, but hadn't realized how long it has been going on~~ Your blooms are gorgeous...love the bouganvillea and desert rose.

Diana said...

Yes, Gail, the rain has been great. And I love having those blooms. Unlike some gardeners, I really don't do houseplants, so these guys in the greenhouse are serving that winter function for me!

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

I think that your photo of the hibiscus does it wonderful justice, Diana. It's a gorgeous colour, and a perfect pic-me-up, isn't it?

Diana said...

Jodi - it DID pick me up. So pretty, sitting there in the greenhouse looking at me. We had a nice chat, too! (or at least I did!)

queenofseaford said...

Diana, I am pysched about the blue bonnets!! Please keep us posted. Amazing what a little rain will do for the garden. I am hoping we get some tonight. All your tropicals are sure pretty.
Janet

Diana said...

Janet -- I am psyched about the blue bonnets too, but I feel like I've cheated by buying plants and not seed. But hey, I will do it any way I can. I love seeing them and I WANT them! I'm not proud! Hope our rain is coming your way - but without the storms, that is,

Lisa at Greenbow said...

That hibiscus looks like a stunner. I had to go back to see the second daff in the photo. Cute. This is the second desert rose that I have seen this week. I had never seen one before so I think this is quite a treat. Yours is so beautiful.

Diana said...

Lisa - thanks so much. Now I have a third daffodil open. I don't have many of them, just a few -7 or 8 little clusters -- but I sure get a lot of enjoyment out of them. And I am tickled that the deer are not interested in them! My dessert rose didn't want to bloom this summer so I am glad to see it now.

getgrounded said...

Oh, that d...n Bougainvillea! I had her for a year and couldn't produce a single bloom. I'm happy for her that she's in a happier place for her little plant soul. And I'm happier for me to be able to stop fretting over what I was doing wrong. I think I'd better add some daffodils for next year, those are awesome.

Diana said...

GetGrounded--Well, she did tell me that she misses you, if that's any consolation. She's just living in the tropics in there - I'd bloom too if I were sweating that much! And, yes, I think everyone should have daffodils.

MrBrownThumb said...

I wish my Adeniums were blooming right now. It is one of my favorite plants.

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Wasn't the rain great. I feel a major sense of relief. I worked today so didn't get to check out the garden. Will give it a good look tomorrow morning.

Diana said...

Mr. Brown Thumb -- I feel like she's apologizing for her poor summer performance!

Debbi - The rain was awesome. I've never been quite so happy to see it. Enjoy the garden today - I am sure it will reward you with some surprise after those nice showers.

Frances said...

Hi Diana, what a joy that you have had rain, and a plant shopping trip with a good friend too. It just doesn't get any better. Hooray for the bluebonnets, and a wise move to keep them protected from hungry guests. :-)
Frances

Diana said...

Frances -- and we didn't even mind that we were getting drizzled on while we were shopping. Nothing like a nursery trip to cure what ails ya.