Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Shopping and planting and puttering...


Today I went with a friend to two Hill Country nurseries that specialize in Cacti and Agaves and Succulents.

I had a list (in my head) and wanted some things for pots and the rock path and a few other empty spots. I came home with this very interesting Agave americana var. mediopicta f. alba.
I also came home with the really big rust/burgundy glazed pot. The lovely toile-looking distressed urn-pot was a thank you gift from my shopping companion for giving her tickets to Rent last weekend. Isn't that a nice thank you? And it came with a soy candle and sweet-smelling almond soaps, too. So I bought this adorable Flapjack Kalanchoe to put in it -- with something else I don't have yet...I also got the tiny Echeveria, and the curly-edged Rose Kalanchoe.
When I got home, I dug into the holding area by my garage, read: Diana's nursery of stuff waiting to find a home, and found a spot of this Kangaroo Paw - Cape Amazon - that I bought a few weeks ago. Being native to Australia, I hope it likes our hot climate here. I put it in a non-irrigated area, but in a spot where I spray frequently with the hose by hand.

This little Agave and her even smaller pup went in the same area as the Kangaroo Paw, and are passalongs from Lori, of The Gardener of Good and Evil.
These are some orange daylilies that I dug up when I organized a eighborhood entryway cleanup with some of my neighbors. They were crowding other plants and in full shade, so I rescued them to my garden. How con-VEEEEN-ient for me!
So, here's what's left in the holding area: Two volunteer palm trees that I dug up around our giant palm. A Bulbine, A Mexican Bird of Paradise Tree, and some irises and Sprekelia bulbs.
And here we have chocolate mint, two purple Alyssum and a pot of moss along with a volunteer Crape Myrtle tree that I dug up in the front bed.
And here are some passalong irises and the Avocado tree that will make its home in that big new pot.

Those are my "to-do" lists for the near-term. Along with WEEDING every bed except the veggie garden, which I did last week. I will be so happy when some of these newer and sparse beds fill in more so I have fewer WEEDS!

10 comments:

Frances said...

Hi Diana, wow to your holding bed, you are loaded with goodies! That large agave is a beauty and the gifted pot is dreamy. I do wish we could grow bulbine, I so have admired it in the Texas and California blogs. I love that large pot too, the larger the better, right! :-)
Frances

Diana said...

What I didn't show are the 3 verbena that are dying because I didn't give them enough water in their 4 inch pots! Oh well. It's still so much better to be able to plant a few things that are right here, rather than making a trip to the nursery every time I have an hour to spare!

Gail said...

I am glad other gardeners have holding beds. Sometimes we see the perfect plant but the weather is horrid for planting and a holding bed is perfect. Chicago in a week! gail

Diana said...

Gail -- it's not really a holding "bed" but rather a pile-up outside of my garage door by the hose! And my DH sees it as a wreck! I just have to work harder at keeping those pots wet!

Lancashire rose said...

It's always fun going plant shopping. Ever come home with nothing!! Do we all have holding areas? Mine are usually in the vegetable beds and sometimes they stay too long and find a permanent home. You have lots of work on the cards with all the planting of new plants and passalongs. Get out there early while it's still cool.

Diana said...

Lancashire Rose -- I have NEVER left a nursery empty-handed! Never even considered that...and even if some things sit too long and get neglected, I'd still rather always have things to do on hand. Hope you get your blackfoot problem under control.

getgrounded said...

Diana, that post exhausted me just reading it! I read the next post as well; glad you had your great crew in to help you. I know what you mean about sparse beds; mulching and weeding, mulching and weeding...

Diana said...

Getgrounded -- I am furiously working on eliminating sparse. THAT's my mantra for this year - to fill in some of the places that haven't filled on their own. (Of course then I will end up with too much and have to remove it!) But that's how it goes, right?

Lori said...

Wow, I bet your holding bed looks much emptier now! I'm trying so hard to do the same thing and get all of my little pots of things planted before they fry, but that's all on hold till I get the stump out of the front yard. We have big plans for that this afternoon, so cross your fingers and hope it doesn't rain too hard!

P.S. Your new variegated agave is gorgeous!

P.P.S. Do you still want to get rid of some of your dark-leafed striped cannas? If so, I'll totally come dig them up for you so can save your energy for PLANTING stuff. ;)

Diana said...

Lori -- good luck with the stump! I was trying to get pots in the ground before I leave for SF. Almost done but not quite. Hey - I have a lot of those cannas and you are welcome to have some. I have things going on this weekend, but I'll be around Tuesday and Wednesday if you think you might have time to stop by and get them.