Garden bloggers from all over the United States, Canada and England gathered in Austin in early May to tour the finest and best gardens. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center, the Zilker Botanical gardens and fourteen private gardens were viewed over three days. The first night’s event started at the Austin Central Library where we enjoyed their rooftop sustainable garden with a view of Shoal Creek and Lady Bird Lake. This eco-friendly building and its landscape were a perfect start for the Garden Blogger’s Fling.
We saw many garden styles from large estates to cottage plots. All of them shared a fondness for yucca and agave (I have never seen so many different kinds), deer resistant plants, water-conserving methods, and phenomenal hardscaping (usually using rocks from their own property.)
What we didn’t see in Austin is a story in itself: no bedding plants and hardly any bushes because of deer pressure and no weeds because of the true grit of the owners themselves or in some cases, staff.
I am awed by my fellow Texas gardeners. We say gardening in Dallas is tough but Austin gardeners may be tougher! Less water, rocky soil and more critter problems (deer bedding down in the garden, eating the garden and rutting in the garden.) In the truest sense, they turned problems into brilliant design.
Starla and I want to share pictures from the Garden Bloggers Fling 2018 over the next few weeks. We think you will be inspired, learn and renew your commitment to good gardening.
Hungering for the what was in the box lunches at the April Master Gardener meeting?
Here’s our menu:
Three finger sandwiches made with jalapeno pimento cheese, salad burnet spread and almond chicken salad,* marinated vegetables and *snicker doodle cookies and *apricot bars.
Almond Chicken Salad
6 cups cooked chicken breast, cut into ½ inch cubes
2 cups celery, thinly sliced, about ¼ inch
1 cup red onions, finely chopped
3 green onions, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup mayonnaise (good quality prepared)
¾ cup sour cream
1 tablespoon fresh Mexican Mint Marigold, finely chopped
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground
¾ cup golden raisins
1½ cups sliced almonds, toasted
Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Toss lightly until combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Yield: Makes 12 cups
*Marinated vegetables, Grandmother’s favorite snicker doodle cookies, and apricot bar recipes are available by asking Linda or leaving a comment and she will contact you.
One of the concerns about edible landscaping is that if you eat your edibles, you’ll lose your landscape! That’s a valid concern. So here at the Edible Landscape of Raincatcher’s garden, we have pictorial proof to poof away your fears! We planted our circle of greens in our shade bed about two months ago from 6-inch transplants. The bunnies in our neighborhood really liked the swiss chard, so we added a little fence to discourage their visits.
There’s going to be a talk on Edible Landscaping at 11001 Midway Road on Thursday, June 28 at the June Master Gardener meeting. Lecture starts at noon. Come join us and see our edible landscape in person. Or stop by any Tuesday morning, we’ll be out there, harvesting our greens.
Like the title of the book All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten, I could say all the plants I really need to know came from Master Gardeners. For example, these beautiful poppies.
Load up on information about poppies. Remember to sow seeds in the fall.
First of all, I need to confess this is not my farm and these are not my pictures or Starla’s.
Patti Brewer from the Master Gardener class of 2012 took these pictures and runs the family farm pictured below with her husband and family.
Patti, where is this crazy beautiful place?
The farm is in Lone Camp, Palo Pinto county, Texas. Palo Pinto county is the beginning of the northern hill country. I am not sure of our farm’s exact date of purchase but my mom who was born there would be 100 years old this year. Land was purchased at different times and some of it was owned by my great grandparents. Some of the land was partitioned to their sons and daughters including my grandfather.
Your farm is meaningful to your family but also important in terms of habitat. Who shares your farm?
Wild life on this farm include turkey, dove, deer, aoudad-or Barbary sheep, coyotes, cotton tail rabbits, roadrunners, hawks, buzzards and skunks. Of course, we have rattlesnakes and copperheads.We occasionally see horned toad lizards and have a decades old hill of red ants that stretches as wide as my outstretched arms reach. Red ants are #1 on the diet for horned toads. We have Texas spiny lizards too. Birds we see are hummers, house wrens, cardinals, blue jays,tufted titmouses, chickadees, meadowlarks, whippoorwills, and owls. We have once or twice seen painted buntings. In the area are habitats of golden cheeked warblers, an endangered bird.
What about the wildflowers. We are drinking them in!!! Just gorgeous!
These pictures are from March/April 2017, when we had a trifecta of blooms at one time.
Our annual plant sale will be held in conjunction with the April 26, 2018 meeting of the Dallas
County Master Gardener Association. Before the meeting: 10:00 – 11:30 After the meeting:
1:00 – 2:00
Come shop the great variety of plants we have to offer!! We have divided our perennials,
potted volunteers, started seeds, taken cuttings, dug bulbs..
We have herbs, succulents,
bulbs, houseplants, Louisiana iris, annuals, perennials, natives and adapted plants as well as
ornamental plant markers and other garden items.
Don’t forget our tomato and pepper plants, ready to go home with you!
Cash or Check preferred….Credit Cards accepted
11001 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas