Welcome to austinagrodolce … My family and I garden with more intention and enthusiasm than allocated budget or overall design plan. It shows. Wildlife populations don't seem to notice our lack of cohesive design, they just like the native plants here. It seems by growing local we've thrown out a welcome mat. Occasionally, we're surprised at who (and what) shows up.
Friday, September 26, 2014
A season for surprises
Coming into the game a blank slate, as I began to try gardening here I had a very steep learning curve. Figuring out what might work versus what was out of the question required a methodical approach. I used nothing of the sort, wandering through each nursery and big box store willy-nilly, drawn to whatever looked best that day. I read every identification and "requirements" tag and once purchased, completely ignored most of them.
If something was pretty I got one. Sometimes more than one. I bought a lot of plants that died. A whole lot. Was it any wonder I needed to forget? Time passed and I grew more philosophical about my losses. A few plant names I'd somehow always known and eventually I learned a few more. It got to the point where I could remember what to call Verbena without having to scrape too hard.
roughleaf dogwoods out back were persistently referred to for years as "you know, those bushes out back that aren't altheas".
Texas persimmon. I never noticed any flowers on this little tree (Next year! Next year I'll pay attention!) but the fruit are hard to ignore.