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.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Keeping with our original shoestring budgetary practices, I bought a few four inch pots to supplement the planting beds out front, but I also put out wildflower seed and welcomed passalong plants to help fill in the wide open spaces that used to be nothing more than an expanse of boring lawn and ground covers.
desert ruellia (a woodier less invasive cousin that appeals to local pollinators and so might be an advantage over the native in this case.) and two small salvia leucantha, (another near neighbor that is a well adapted non-native and benefits local pollinators). By next fall, these new additions should be providing a significant color boost and provide further diversity here.
Here's a closer look showing off that second tier of plantings with a little more specificity. Waves of rosemary hold a steep slope in place, so that behind them a variety of native plantings can flourish even though the layer of soil here is very thin.
Peeking behind the second tier, down what used to be a well trodden deer path. Working from the far side we've been putting in plants as barriers to through traffic. So far, so good. We are about three quarters of the way finished.
That is that for September here at austin agrodolce. Short and sweet. We are thoroughly enjoying Autumn here in Central Texas, and wherever you are? We hope your Fall is filled with promise.