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Zanthan Gardens9:10 PM  -  Public
Rhodophiala bifida   
Oxblood lilies.  Every fall in Austin, after we get a good soaking rain, the oxblood lilies bloom for about a week. They are not native to Texas but they are well-adapted.

Oxblood lilies 2010

Oxblood lilies 2008

Rhodophialia bifida seeds
Rhodophiala bifida
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Last Sunday's gentle all day rain brought forth the rainlilies in my neighbor's front yard. Who needs a lawn?


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Thomas Jefferson's Garden
How much advice do we take on faith without testing it ourselves? And how rigorous are our tests? Do we just follow advice without also growing a control to use as a comparison? Do we write down our observations and then compare our notes over several years and with others? How much practical and useful information are we collecting and sharing? How much of what we’ve learned through experience will be lost if we don’t pool our knowledge? Jefferson is an inspiration for seeking continual/continuous improvement.
Related: My review Thomas Jefferson: The Garden and Farm Books

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2012-04-08. Consolida ambigua 'Earl Grey'. Most of this variety have come true from seed collected every year for over a decade. The ones that have not are usually plain purple.

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Papaver rhoes 'Angels Choir'
First flower: 2012-04-07.
Zanthan Garden History

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Texas Bluebonnet Trail 2012
Given the mild temperatures and an unusual amount of rain, 2012 has been an exceptionally good year for spring wildflowers in Central Texas. We took a 5-hour drive on what's termed "The Bluebonnet Trail": from Austin to Llano, Lllano to Buchanan Dam, along Inks Lake to Marble Falls, south on Hwy 281 to Round Top, and then past Hamilton Pool back to Austin.

The best bluebonnets meadows were between Packsaddle Mountain and Llano on Hwy 71 and between Llano and Lake Buchanan on Hwy 29. We saw sheets and rivers of blue flowers. I took very few photos as we only pulled over a couple of times and it was never where there were lots of bluebonnets.

I've never been up in that area of the state before. The red sandstone soil of the Llano area is completely different the Austin limestone and black clay. And there was so much more of it.
#floralfriday +FloralFriday

Evidence of the drought is everywhere. Acres of dead trees. Burnt out trees from last fall's wild fires. Empty stock tanks and boat docks lying limp on dry land.
April 6, 2012 (8 photos)
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Consolida ambigua
Larkspur. One of the two flowers I'm most known for growing. These replaced my front lawn which I let die during the drought.

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Phlox pilosa
This prairie phlox is a passalong plant. Not only has the original plant grown into a huge clump but I took cuttings last fall and rooted have a dozen more.

2011-11-14. Propagating by layering.

2012-04-02. First flower.

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Rose 'Souvenir de la Malmaison'
This is my favorite rose and she has never looked so beautiful.
-- curated by Tamara Pruessner at +FloralFriday
via Paulissa Kipp
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