Bastrop Gardens

I had a great time taping for TWC news at Bastrop Gardens today! They sell slag glass which is way cool to use as an accent in your landscape because of the way the light reflects through it. The segments were about salvias and I learned a lot! I had been wondering about mystic spires salvia and found out that is a hybrid with indigo spires as one of the parents (don’t know who the other parent is) but it is very compact compared to indigo spires. I got a few new (to me) types of Verbena that look similar to ‘homestead’. Also grabbed a Slavia buchananii. Deena at Bastrop Gardens told me it is a native of Mexico but was named in England because the new species was discovered in a greenhouse belonging to some dude named Buchanan. There is a nice labyrinth and fun demo gardens at Bastrop Gardens. It is not far from Austin, only a mile east of the Berdoll Pecan store (pecans from outer space). http://bastropgardens.com/  
    
   

Almost too late for perennial cut backs

I was cutting off the dead tops of perennials like zexmenia, inland sea oats, tropical milkweed, gregg mkstflower and lantanas last week and seeing how our warm winter and early spring weather has motivated the plants to start growing already, at least two weeks earlier than normal. If you haven’t cut back your perennials yet, you should do it now. I have gotten the most questions about trailing lantanas because they are still blooming. It is important to cut them down even if they are blooming because if you allow them to grow they will become totally humoungous and swallow your garden this summer. They also will have some dead stems and dead leaves on them that will look ugly and interfere with the new spring growth.  

 

Seed Saving

On Tuesday Dec 8 from 6-8 I’m teaching Seed Saving at Sustainable Food Center. Register at

http://sustainablefoodcenter.org/get-involved/classes-events/seed-saving

Seed saving is one of the most important things that home gardeners do. Industrial agriculture has caused the decline and loss of thousands of varieties of food crops, resulting in smaller gene pools. Home gardeners have the option to grow these rare plants and save the seeds, preserving them for all of humanity.  More on this in future blogs. 

Maybe you caught my latest TWCnews segment about seed storage and saving? Keep them sealed in a conatiner in the fridge! http://www.twcnews.com/tx/austin/lifestyles/2015/12/6/your-home–seed-cataloging.html

Fun at the Austin Herb Society Holiday Bazaar

I had so much fun talking with friends and potential new customers.  There were other really cool booths with jewlery, lots of herbal products like soaps and body care. I was especially excited to connect with a woman who distills her own essential oils from herbs. I’ll be back next year! I gave out lots of info about my favorite plants, a recipe for herbal tummy tea, how to garden with birds and how to prune roses. Hopefully folks will call me up for home consults this winter to prep for spring planting time! 

    
   

Upcoming Events

Austin Herb Society Holiday Bazaar

Tues Dec 1 9:30-noon at Zilker Botanical Garden. Visit me at my table where I’ll be selling gift cards for my services and dishing out good gardening advice! Other vendors will be there with plants, jewlery and garden art! 

Tuesday Dec 8 Seed Saving Class 6-8 at Sustainable Food Center. Seed saving is a basic skill all gardeners should have. Come learn how seed saving in your home garden could save humanity, then pat yourself on the back. $15 Register at http://sustainablefoodcenter.org/get-involved/classes-events/seed-saving