When I learned garden blogger and author Pam Penick was scheduled to speak in San Antonio, I emailed an invitation for her to drop by and visit my garden. She graciously accepted.
Now what? I had just invited Pam of Digging and Lawn Gone! book fame and her camera to our garden which is also home to numerous "works in progress". Some might even be called "experiments" if you get my drift. What do I do now? As it turned out, I didn't do any more than I would if one of my local gardening friends was coming for a visit and all was just fine.
Rain measured in feet along with heat and humidity meant I could spend very little time in the garden last week so what Pam saw was the garden as it looks every day. That's okay for some areas. The front looks pretty much the same all the time from this angle.
Then there's my experiment with planting agaves and groundcover by the front walk. You can see the area in the left foreground. It's struggling but that's just the way it goes around here. We had an early heatwave which toasted the Berkeley sedge in early spring, then nearly a year's worth of rain in just a few days almost drowned the Wooly stemodia. So far it's not looking like I envisioned. But Pam nicely pointed out that these plants take a while to get established.
The hellstrip is nicely established, not much to do here. The native barrel cactus (on the right behind the grasses) were blooming away the day she was here. I forgot to get photos but she might have.
Around to the back yard and the garden everyone wants to see when they visit. The circle garden is blooming nicely right now so it's a prime place to show visitors.
Up on the deck, which I don't show much on the blog, there are a lot of plants. This is where we live when outside. This is where I keep plants away from the deer and also nurture plants which need plenty of care and attention like the cuttings I'm rooting under those plastic bottles. I enjoy being surrounded by plants and the deck is where I go to play.
Here we are in my favorite garden setting
Pam is so enthusiastic about seeing how others implement "lawn gone" options. Just like any other gardening friend I enjoyed showing Pam around and look forward to visiting her garden when I'm in Austin.