I have a mature Monstera deliciosa plant that lives under my pecan tree in the spring/summer. Last fall, I noticed it had a couple of baby leaves at the very bottom so I decided to take a cutting, making sure I got enough of the stem with nodes. I put the cutting in water on a windowsill and eventually it grew a few long aerial roots. When they were long enough, I took it out and potted it in a small 6 inch container with soft seed starter mix. I kept it consistently moist for a few months in my greenhouse. After growing lots of new solid leaves, it finally put out a leaf with fenestrations. Plants are amazing!
They’re about 7-8ft tall now. All the rain we had in May really helped and I just got my first bloom to open.
I’ve had this Hoya Kerrii for about two years now and this is the first time she has bloomed. I keep it in my greenhouse, trellis it up for support, and keep the soil semi-moist during the summer. And love, I give her lots of love.
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Plant more cosmos! I fell in love with them this spring and plan on growing more for the fall.
Nigella is such a stunner in an arrangement. She can bring height, an airy element, or fill up a space with intricate detail. I throw out seeds in the fall and by March they pop up with little fuss. The pods are great dried and the seeds can easily be harvested for the next season. A must have for a spring garden.
April definitely brought lots of showers. Ranunculus and anemones are done, poppies are on the home stretch, and I’ve been sowing seeds for summer and fall. I’m excited for my Mexican Torch sunflowers and seeing all the different varieties of zinnias I’ve planted.
This year I decided to keep track of all the different pollinators that visit my garden. This is the first Black Swallowtail 🖤 I’m excited to learn about each one!
New leaf from my Hawaiian finger leaf philodendron is out of this world. This is my second new leaf this season.
These spring wildflowers have been in a vase for 7 days and still look this good:) Larkspur, winecup, and Indian paintbrush.
I sowed several different kinds of sunflower seeds this past week. I’m most excited about my mammoth sunflower this year.
My favorite poppy of the season.
One of the perks of having mild winters in central Texas is the extended growing season. HUGE perk actually. There is still so much life in the cool mornings and evenings. So far, it’s been exceptionally wet this autumn with one early big freeze that ended the warm season flowers. Here’s what’s happening in the garden and greenhouse.
Fall Festival Market
Sunday October 21st
The Paper + Craft Pantry
I’m getting ready for my very first pop up with La Otra Flora. Come say hi! I will be offering seasonal items and CUTE things I have made to get you ready for the seasons ahead.
Lately in the greenhouse, I’ve been playing with plant propagation. I used a root hormone for the ficus and have been keeping them all evenly moist. So far its going well! (fingers crossed)
I ran into this vine recently in north Texas while I was visiting family. It was growing over a pergola and had these dark beautiful flowers. The stems were thick and braided. It was massive and I was taken aback, this was a very old plant. It looked happy. It looked like wisteria, but I only knew of the purple wisteria that blooms in spring. So I asked my fellow instagram friends for an ID and IT IS WISTERIA. An evergreen wisteria which blooms in the summer. It loves full sun but will tolerate some shade with well drained soil. It can get huge so make sure to have plenty of room for it to be happy. I love learning about new plants. I definitely plan on finding one around here and planting it in my yard. (Also it reminds me of dragons.... ? :) )
A late summer perennial staple in central Texas. They are easy to grow, love full sun and are drought tolerant. BONUS the birds love the berries!
I've been busy setting up and dreaming in my greenhouse lately. YES I GOT A GREENHOUSE! A 6x8 ft Palram Harmony, polycarbonate greenhouse. Even though its 100 degrees outside in Austin, I'm still out there in the late evenings and early mornings fighting mosquitoes figuring out how to best deal with this heat and planning for the upcoming year. I have some research to do and this year is definitely going to be a learning curve for me, but I have to come to the conclusion that I can't have crazy expectations and I have to keep my goals simple. Also I will fail at some point and I'm okay with that, because thats how we learn right?
These are just a handful of my favorite blooms of this warm season in TX.
Only one of these seed made it and I savored her everyday.
I love the textured petals on these.
Love in a Mist! So soft and detailed. I love saving the seed pods for drying.
Sunflower of my dreams! So much texture in the center and they last forever in a vase.
This one was more bronze, but that glow around the center is stunning.
The elderflowers are blooming all around Austin! These plants are incredibly useful. They are easy to take care of and will grow fast. The blooms are very fragrant and will fruit into tiny berries. Certain elderberry fruit are medicinal and have lots of benefits like immune boosting and sinus relief. I also just learned the berries can be used as a natural dye! I've been into natural dying lately, so I will be experimenting this summer.