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Monthly Archives: September, 2012

Finally got rid of that hedge y’all!

I thought this day would never come!  Believe me it took several years to convince my husband to let me take it out.  I am really pleased (and so is he) with the results.Goodbye Pittosporum tobira hedge, let me stand back and look at you one last time.  You know…. looking at this picture, it …

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The Purple Corner

If you garden in Central Texas (or zones 8-10) and you don’t have Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia Leucantha), you need some!I call this “the purple corner” of my garden.  When the Mexican Bush Sage blooms in the spring and the fall here in San Antonio, they put on an incredible show.  Here I planted three …

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Cactus meets mushroom…

I did a double-take this morning when I walked by this planter – a mushroom next to a cactus…pretty cool!  We have had a lot of rain…I mean A LOT of rain the last week or so, and as a result, mushrooms baby! Look at how cute this looks.  I love fungi, and they are …

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1st Foliage Follow-Up for xericstyle…

For FANTASTIC foliage, and fantastic everything for that matter, please head over to digging and see foliage Pam Penick-style.  Pam is my mentor, my inspiration, my guru, practically the reason for my gardens’ existence.   What would I do without Pam?  Hmmmmmmm … have a REALLY ugly yard! In my garden a lot of things are …

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Yucca Rostrata ‘Sapphire Skies’ are in the ground…

Remember my dream for three Yucca Rostrata ‘Sapphire Skies’ in the front right bed?I finally got them!  I am so excited….although they are teensy weensy.  I wish I could afford, or even find for that matter, the ‘Sapphire Skies’ cultivar mature or even trunked around here.  I was able to find some larger “regular” Yucca …

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Craaaaaaazy Cactus!

Remember my spineless prickly pears I planted outside in the dead of August in triple digit Texas summer temperatures?  Here is a picture I took on August 23rd – only 13 days ago. And here is a picture I took today on Sept. 5th.  This opuntia engelmannii var subarmata is a beast!  I am so …

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Fall is on the way…and purple profusion is back!

My garden is doing magical things right now…it appears that it has woken up after the recent rains and weather changes.Purple purple everywhere….LOVE IT!  All my sages are blooming, and my mass planted purple trailing lantana  is going wild! My Texas lilac trees (Vitex agnus-castus) have been real performers since the spring – they have …

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