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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.

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Oxblood lilies 2010
http://www.zanthan.com/gardens/gardenlog/?p=2292

Oxblood lilies 2008
http://www.zanthan.com/gardens/gardenlog/?p=2391

Rhodophialia bifida seeds
http://www.zanthan.com/gardens/gardenlog/?p=777
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Hi! I've been reading through your recent blog posts this afternoon and I'd love to contribute to your site with a guest post! I'd like to compare the remedies your grandma still teaches to get rid of pests and rodents in your garden, and the new and trendy ways people are using for their yard and garden! I think this will be fun and interesting for your readers who may still be doing things the old fashioned way...because they sometimes work, especially with exotic and delicate plants and flowers!

I currently run a home and garden blog at www.selecthomeplans.com where you can view my writing if you like!

Thank you very much for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon!
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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.
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Related: My review Thomas Jefferson: The Garden and Farm Books
http://www.zanthan.com/gardens/gardenlog/?p=2352
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Papaver rhoes 'Angels Choir'
First flower: 2012-04-07.
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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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amazing... what many varieties of plants do you have there?
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Rose 'Souvenir de la Malmaison'
This is my favorite rose and she has never looked so beautiful.
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-- curated by Tamara Pruessner at +FloralFriday
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Monsanto Gets Noticed
 
How and why Monsanto has "devastated" agriculture.

Monsanto got approval to sell its soybeans genetically engineered for its Roundup herbicide by selling the USDA that glyphosate (the main poison in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide) by saying that it's a low risk for weed resistance.

In other words, they got approval based on the idea that weeds wouldn't evolve the ability to survive roundup, and thereby become Super Weeds.

Since then, some 20 weed species have evolved resistance to glyphosate and Roundup.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/19/us-monsanto-superweeds-idUSTRE78I4BA20110919

Now, in order to kill these Super Weeds, farmers are using expensive, dangerous and time-consuming weed killing methods.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2012/03/12/monsanto_and_roundup_resistant_weeds.html

Monsanto's genetically modified corn, which manufactures its own poison, has had the same effect on the bugs it's designed to kill -- forced them to evolve resistance to the poison. Plus, it's probably toxic to humans.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-12-06/monsanto-corn-may-be-failing-to-kill-bugs-in-4-states-epa-says.html

Monsanto's GMO soy and corn is added to the fast majority of processed foods in the supermarket and junk food at fast food restaurants. You'd never know it, though, as Monsanto's shills in Congress refused to require the labeling of GMO food.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/15/why-arent-g-m-o-foods-labeled/

Agriculture isn't the only thing Monsanto's Roundup is "devastating." They're also devastating the environment and human health.

http://thetruthpursuit.com/front-page/monsantos-roundup-ravaging-butterfly-populations-study-shows/11100

http://www.dailytech.com/Monsanto+Defeats+Small+Farmers+in+Critical+Bioethics+Class+Action+Suit/article24118.htm

http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/science_and_impacts/impacts_genetic_engineering/promoting-resistant-pests.html

Pic props: http://www.odinistpressservice.com/2011/12/19/monsanto-defeated-by-super-weeds/
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Rainlilies  
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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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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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.
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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.
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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.
https://plus.google.com/b/114912888199176102222/114912888199176102222/posts/iLNtF2SpF4d

2012-04-02. First flower.
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Biochar
 
What the heck is biochar, and how can it help your garden?
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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: March 2012
This is a very lazy way to post for GBBD but I wanted to test Google+'s upgrades to photo albums.

The photos are a bit lazy, too. It was quite breezy all day and difficult to get any good shots. The rain has made for a wonderful March. Almost everything that can bloom in my garden is blooming today. The plants are huge. The flowers are huge. We are all drinking in the green, steeling ourselves for another horrible summer of drought. Maybe we'll get to skip drought this summer.

I'll try to make a regular blog post and list. I'll update this post with a link when I do.
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Just found your photos. Lovely blooms.
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A Central Austin Garden
Introduction
Zanthan Gardens: A Central Austin Garden
Mine is a little garden enclosed from the street, though not from public view, by a short picket fence. My 1946 house sits on an urban lot, 100 feet by 150 feet, in South Austin. Until a few months ago, I could see the capitol building when I looked up from my weeding. Now I can catch a glimpse of it only if I lean over the fence in the front yard. The yard has old cedar elms and pecans (old in the sense that they have stopped growing up and are now falling down) and a struggling lawn of St. Augustine grass.

An Incomplete Garden
I didn't set out to make a garden. When I moved here in 1993, the yard was shaded by mature cedar elms and was, for most of the year, the deep green of old trees, old bushes and old lawn. That green satisfied the desires of my desert-born eyes. I bought the usual 6-packs of annual flowers and dotted them here and there. Of course, they were not a success. But I was busy with a new job and more focused on fixing up the house than the yard.

Just having a yard was a relief and a comfort after ten years of living in apartments. Natural curiousity drew me outdoors and then led me to the library to learn what plants I had, what plants I should have, and how to approach the whole business of gardening.

For me "garden" is more of a verb than a noun; my yard is in the process of becoming a garden. I cannot garden in a big way. I lack the resources, both time and money, to install a landscape. And I lack the inclination. So the garden is growing very slowly.

I'm no longer in a hurry for my garden to be finished. I know now that it will never be finished. There might have been a time when I pictured myself sitting in a Adirondack chair, sipping rioja, and reading among the flowers, but this is not to be. I simply can't sit still in the garden. I try for a moment or two and then see a weedI that must be pulled, or a plant that needs water. I walk around a lot. I touch the plants, and pull off bugs, and put my face in the grass. I'm happiest with my hands in the dirt.

A garden is a living thing, like the plants in it, like the gardener in it. Together we grow, always changing, never finished, incomplete.

Zanthan Gardens: The Blog
I have been blogging about gardening for over ten years. Currently, Austin is facing an exceptional drought and I'm rethinking the appropriate strategy for dealing with it.