Wednesday, April 06, 2005

New Plants.

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Monday, May 17, 2004

New Plants.

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Monday, October 13, 2003

New Plants.

i stopped at my favorite nursery this afternoon to "just look" and came home with six (small) new plants:

  • multiplying onion (allium cepa)
  • goodwin creek grey lavender (lavandula dentata x l. lanata)
  • fern leaf lavender (lavandula multifida)
  • horehound (marrubium vulgare)
  • ne'we ya'ar sage / silverleaf sage (salvia officinalis x s. fruticosa)
  • salad burnett (sanguisorba minor)

i picked up the sage because i've been meaning to get a culinary sage (as opposed to all the ornamental sages i've been collecting) for some time and today i finally remembered to look in the herb section for the sage. i came across an excellent page for this particular cultivar while searching for information online -- wonder of all wonders, the information is specific to houston! i've linked to the South Texas Unit of The Herb Society of America before -- it is an excellent resource for gulf coast gardeners.

the multiplying onion is for darin; he's been asking for onions / garlic / shallots and that sort of thing for his cooking. (he was indeed very appreciative when he came home and i told him we now have onion-y things.)

the salad burnett is to add more interest to the salads we will be eating from all the lettuce and spinach i planted. as advertised, it tastes like cucumber.

the two lavenders i bought are supposedly somewhat tolerant of our humidity. and they are very attractive; the fern leaf is currently blooming. the goodwin creek gardens website (the same goodwin creek for which the goodwin creek grey lavender is named) has a lot of information on lavenders.

and the horehound, well it has a funny name and the leaves have a very interesting, crinkley texture.

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Saturday, August 23, 2003

Propagating Plants.

i seem to have successfully started four pigeonberry cuttings (rivina humilis), five salvia sinaloensis and one (maybe two) firecracker plant (russelia equisetiformis). i am trying to refrain from planting them too soon lest they bake in the late august heat.

today i trimmed the salvia greggii (purple and coral), and i'm hoping a few of the cuttings will root.

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Saturday, August 16, 2003

Bat-Faced Cuphea (Cuphea llavea).

how could i resist? it was priced 1/2 off and the flowers are so cute. it's a bit scraggly (which is why it was 1/2 off), but otherwise perfectly healthy.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2003

New Plants.

i returned to the nursery and bought:

  • (2 more) hymenoxys scaposa (four nerve daisy)
  • (1) salvia roemeriana (cedar sage)
  • (1) hydrangea quercifolia (oakleaf hydrangea)

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Sunday, June 29, 2003

New Plants.

  • dichondra argentea (silver dichondra, silver pony-foot) -- two 4-inch pots
  • hymenoxys scaposa (four nerve daisy) -- two 4-inch pots
  • rivina humilis (pigeonberry) -- two 4-inch pots
  • salvia sinaloensis -- one 6-inch pot
the daisies and salvia have already been planted in the driveway bed; the pigeonberries are in the front bed. i haven't yet decided where the silver dichondra will go.

i know i've whined about how foolish it is to put in new plants during the summer, but now is when the perennials are on sale. must remember to water them regularly...

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Friday, March 21, 2003

March Mart Buys.

i went to march mart at mercer arboretum this morning -- wow. i've never seen so many different plants for sale.

i only allowed myself to buy as much as i could carry, which turned out to be 13 plants squeezed into a nursery flat.

  • coreopsis grandiflora (big flower coreopsis) -- something to try in the border between our driveway and the neighbor's
  • gladiolus byzantinus (byzantine gladiolus) -- this is one i've admired since reading about it in scott ogden's "garden bulbs for the south" and william welch / greg grant's "the southern heirloom garden". welch has this to say, "...unlike the fussy modern hybrids, G. byzantinus is a survivor, and a true perennial." i'm not sure whether mine are large enough to bloom this year; i may have to settle for admiring the foliage for a year or two.
  • laurus nobilis (bay laurel) -- darin loves to cook and frequently uses bay leaves, so this counts as a 'practical' plant. it's also a fascinating heirloom shrub for the south. i'll probably keep it in a container so it can be moved inside if necessary during the winter.
  • (2) penstemon tenuis (gulf coast / brazos penstemon) -- another candidate for the driveway border
  • (2) phlox divaricata var. laphamii (louisiana phlox) -- front bed, i think
  • (2) salvia greggii "coral" (coral sage) -- border
  • salvia urtica (blue sage) -- border
  • stipa tenuissima (nassella tenuissima) (mexican feather grass) -- possible replacement for the liriope along the front walk (but i'll need a lot more)
  • thymus x citriodorus (golden lemon thyme) -- not entirely sure where to put this one, it could go into the raised bed, but it looked too neat to pass up. the linked photo doesn't do it justice, but the tiny green leaves are edged in yellow. and it does have a very lemony scent.
  • thymus serphyllum (mother of thyme) -- groundcover for somewhere

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Thursday, March 20, 2003

Miscellaneous New Plants.

  • peppers*
    • (7) serrano
    • (6) sweet banana
  • purple ruffles basil*
  • hippeastrum x johnsonii (st. joseph's lily)
  • unidentified louisiana iris
  • unidentified rain lilies (white?)
* purchased

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Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Vines and Vegetables.

after having lunch with friends today, i realized that a side trip to buchanan's would be only a few blocks out of my way. i really only meant to quickly check whether they had some native vines i was interested in.

thirty minutes later i left with an armload of new plants including two of the three vines i was looking for*:

* they had the third vine also -- crossvine (bignonia capreolata) -- but i decided two vines were enough to start with.

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