Friday, October 9, 2009

Plant junkie....


So, the day after the CTG tv taping, when I was totally happy with my garden for a brief moment in time, I'm at it again.

I would not have gone plant shopping, except that today was the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's Annual Fall Plant sale. It's become a tradition for me.

And it was the members-only sale, so we were guaranteed some great stuff by getting first crack at it. It opens to the public this weekend.

I was there @ 1:00 when it opened, wagon and gardening friend in tow.

(And wearing a jacket, too -- at 55 and wet and windy, it really finally felt like Fall here today.)

The weather and the crowd helped encourage us to be quick about our decisions, too.

Doesn't this look like a great collection of goodies?

Let's see, there's:

  • Silver Ponyfoot
  • Bushy Purple Skullcap
  • Missouri Violet
  • Manfreda sileri
  • Bue Pitcher Sage
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Gulf Coast Muhly Grass
  • Portulaca
  • Liatris - Blazing Star
  • Nolina texana

There are several reasons I love to go to their sales, mostly because I can find unusual plants, and because I can buy them as starters in little 4-inch pots that the nurseries don't always carry in these varieties. I don't spend as much, and the plants have all winter to get established. AND, it's so much easier to dig little-bitty holes, isn't it?

Then I came home and had hot chocolate and homemade cookies with my girl.

It was a good day.

We did it...now we wait...

Yesterday, Linda Lehmusvirta, the producer for PBS' Central Texas Gardener, and her crew came to film the garden and to interview me.

It was a dark and stormy night, no, wait, it was a gray, humid and blustery day. It made for good lighting to shoot the garden, but I ended up eating my hair more than once during the interview!

Linda and her crew did a great job of putting me at ease, and I really felt like I was just chatting about my garden with a fellow gardener. If we're lucky, that's what I sounded like.

Four hours later, we were done. The program will air in the Spring, most likely in February, and the video will be available on their website as the Featured Garden, so anyone can watch it on the web.

Since they are such a part of my gardening (the challenges part!), Tanner and Dakota may even be in the footage. They came out to check it all out after we were done with the interview.


Thanks to Linda and the crew for a great morning, indulging me in my passion for gardening.