April 02, 2021

Pop into the restroom at Barton Springs Nursery, and you’ll find you’re not alone in there. An impassive woman wearing a t-shirt that speaks for all of us — All I need is more plants — frolics in a bathtub filled with faux succulents and fiddle-leaf figs.

Even the showerhead is “planted up,” with a giant faux tillandsia standing in for a spray of water. So clever!

Like every single person in Austin, I’ve been making near-daily visits to nurseries in search of plants to fill holes in the garden and replace freeze-blasted container plantings. It’s a crazy scene at every nursery, with lines of cars trying to get in and plants flying off the shelves as fast as delivery trucks bring in new ones. But if you can go early on a weekday, you’ll find fewer crowds and a less frenzied atmosphere and can take a moment to enjoy springtime sights like this, a stunning ‘Tangerine Beauty’ crossvine in full bloom at Barton Springs Nursery’s entrance.

Beautiful blooms!

Even in the parking lot you’ll find little surprises, like a spiderwort that’s pushed up through a crack in the concrete to flaunt purple flowers.

At Vivero Growers, their container plantings always make me stop and look, including this combo of slipper plant, silver ponyfoot, and ivy geranium (I think).

And in a friend’s garden — always make time to visit a friend’s garden, where you can relax and enjoy her plants without thinking for one moment that you should get up out of your chair and get to work, as you do in your own garden — I spotted a patch of Texas bluebonnets in full flower. Hmm, it’s time for a wildflower safari, I think.

I welcome your comments; please scroll to the end of this post to leave one. If you’re reading this in a subscription email, click here to visit Digging and find the comment box at the end of each post.

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April 02, 2021

Pop into the restroom at Barton Springs Nursery, and you’ll find you’re not alone in there. An impassive woman wearing a t-shirt that speaks for all of us — All I need is more plants — frolics in a bathtub filled with faux succulents and fiddle-leaf figs.

Even the showerhead is “planted up,” with a giant faux tillandsia standing in for a spray of water. So clever!

Like every single person in Austin, I’ve been making near-daily visits to nurseries in search of plants to fill holes in the garden and replace freeze-blasted container plantings. It’s a crazy scene at every nursery, with lines of cars trying to get in and plants flying off the shelves as fast as delivery trucks bring in new ones. But if you can go early on a weekday, you’ll find fewer crowds and a less frenzied atmosphere and can take a moment to enjoy springtime sights like this, a stunning ‘Tangerine Beauty’ crossvine in full bloom at Barton Springs Nursery’s entrance.

Beautiful blooms!

Even in the parking lot you’ll find little surprises, like a spiderwort that’s pushed up through a crack in the concrete to flaunt purple flowers.

At Vivero Growers, their container plantings always make me stop and look, including this combo of slipper plant, silver ponyfoot, and ivy geranium (I think).

And in a friend’s garden — always make time to visit a friend’s garden, where you can relax and enjoy her plants without thinking for one moment that you should get up out of your chair and get to work, as you do in your own garden — I spotted a patch of Texas bluebonnets in full flower. Hmm, it’s time for a wildflower safari, I think.

I welcome your comments; please scroll to the end of this post to leave one. If you’re reading this in a subscription email, click here to visit Digging and find the comment box at the end of each post.

_______________________

Digging Deeper: News and Upcoming Events

Join the mailing list for Garden Spark! Hungry to learn about garden design from the experts? I’m hosting a series of talks by inspiring garden designers, landscape architects, and authors a few times a year in Austin. (While in-person talks are currently on hiatus due to the pandemic, I plan to resume again as soon as possible.) Talks are limited-attendance events that sell out quickly, so join the Garden Spark email list to be notified in advance. Simply click this link and ask to be added.

All material © 2021 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

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