Over the past 3 weeks, there have been 3 major plant sales from local organizations. First there was the Zilker Botanical Garden Festival. Then there was the Cactus and Succulent Society plant swap/sale. Last weekend was the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center Native Plant Sale. As a result, we're loaded with plants, and the rain is coming in this weekend.
I managed to get the cacti and succulents potted from the Cactus and Succulent Society sale, and that took an amazingly long time! First, I didn't have enough small pots so I had to purchase some. Then there was mixing up potting soils for the plants. Add to that the fact that a lot of them are little beasties that want to tear up your flesh and consume it. Bastards. My boyfriend went to that one, and he bought up! He won 5 plants too, and 3 of those plants could be split up into multiple plants. Pretty good in general.
This past weekend, we both went to the native plant sale which had plants from all over Texas. I got a Beauty Berry, a TINY mountain laurel, a lace cactus, and bunches of others. On Monday, I bought up 15 Easter lilies that were marked down to $1, and on that same day, my order of Wyoming Cannas and Abyssinian gladiolas came in from Old House Gardens, which, by the way, I highly recommend - the bulbs and roots were GORGEOUS and a fab price.
So I had roots, bulbs, and loads of plants with rain on the way this weekend.
Naturally, I decided it was time to kick the front yard up a notch and start the irritating process of converting turf to garden. Yesterday, from 10 AM to 5 PM, I did nothing but dig and plant. No lunch, no breaks, just work. It had to get done.
Well, it's done, but it looks absolutely ridiculous:
You can see the Easter lilies losing the last of their blooms, some tiny cacti and native perrenials, and some bamboo skewers. The thing is that the Easter lilies were forced and are blooming unnaturally early. Lilies that have gone through the winter are just now forming blossoms and are about the same height as my gladiolas that were already planted. The cannas are slowly coming up. The bamboo skewers mark where the cannas and gladiolas are, and between the three types of bulbs planted in the plot, I will have successive blooming. First the lilies (though not this early), then the glads, and finally the cannas. And that's just the bulbs. I'm not sure when the natives will bloom, but there's quite a variety and will hopefully vary and continue the length of bloom time to cover more of the year.
Direct Source Hostas, and I am very impressed with their selection, care, and price. The plants look great and very healthy. I ordered 9 varieties, and we'll see how many survive here in Central Texas. I got Fried Bananas, Guacamole, Lunar Orbit, Pineapple Juice, Stained Glass, Zounds, Lakeside Kaleidoscope, Patriot, and Wolverine.
I'm also very pleased with how the side plot is coming together. I wasn't sure how the colors would all look together, but I'm impressed the purple and orange look nice. The purple heart and bulbine are continuous bloomers as well, so that's a nice bonus. The one lamb's ear plant isn't looking so hot. I'm not sure what's up with it.
I also found a spot for my gargoyle. It's guarding an aloe that's finally turning green.
Here are a couple cacti from the sale. This first one looks like someone playing the tambourine:
And randomly, here's a neon planter. Pink and white petunias in a lime green pot which is sitting on a wrought iron standing planter filled with green sweet potato vine and a couple purple hearts which you can't see in the picture:
I still want a cig.