I have been busy creating a new little flower garden plot around the fountain I put in earlier this year. I dug out a section of lawn, removed the garbage left over from building the house that is ALWAYS hiding under the lawn, added some dillo dirt, mulched it with pea gravel, then added a few plants and a pile of seeds. I just put the seeds in and then it rained last night - My rain dance/voodoo ritual must have actually done something! - so bonus on that!
Here it is:
That grass path behind it will be dug out and replaced with gravel and a stepping stone path. I just haven't gotten that far yet.
OK, so it doesn't look like much yet - use your imagination. The few plants you can see in the plot right now include dwarf gulf muhly, mexican milkweed, mexican oregano that was languishing in a shady spot and moved to the new sun-shiny bed (I split it and cut it all the way back), a Russian Sage, and Big Red penstemon. I also have a few Byzantine Gladiolus bulbs on their way that I am going to throw in the bed. Many of the seeds I added in are Texas natives. It is supposed to be a butterfly/hummingbird garden so I figured the more natives, the better. I also tried to mix up plants that had different bloom times so at least something would be blooming at any given time.
The seeds in the new garden include:
Red Corn Poppy - spring bloomer
Black-Eyed Susan - blooms May-Nov
Wine Cup - Feb-June
Farewell-to-Spring - Spring bloomer (Hates hot weather)
Parry's Penstemon - Spring bloomer
California Poppy - Spring-Fall
Eryngo - Aug-Nov
Greenthread - Feb-Nov (food source for Painted Bunting so I HAD to throw this one in)
Yellow Prairie Flax - Feb-Sept
Blue Flax - May-Sept
Oh - I also ordered some Texas bluebell seeds, but they are on backorder. If I ever get those, I will toss those in as well.
Now I just have to wait and see if any of my seeds come up. I threw a ton of them in there so SOMETHING ought to come up! I do hope this flower bed turns out as nice as it looks in my imagination!