.....with a TV crew and mics on!
|Photo by Steve Maedl|
|Ed on the porch, Photo by Linda Lehmusvirts|
The "Bottle Branch" was inspired by Lori in Austin whose garden I visited in 2017. (Note: The branch was already dead.)
My view of Ed on the porch. It was cold out there!
Steve Maedl worked with Ed. Steve is originally from a cold climate so he looks remarkably comfortable.
With our appearance on Central Texas Gardener airing this weekend I thought it would be fun to give you a bit of background on the tour.
In addition to short notice we had to put many plants under cover and then run around replacing them as the temperature dropped below freezing. Some plants like begonias and orchids remained indoors so the usually full outdoor shelves were a bit bare. What you see on the video is pretty much how my garden looked if you had stopped by unexpectedly on that day in early November.
Check out the CTG video here:
Like most gardeners, I kept thinking how much better the garden would have looked had they arrived a few weeks earlier in October. Through my blog I can take you back in time to my October garden tour post.
In front it all looks pretty much the same year round.
Linda's photo of the tank garden
That same view just a few weeks earlier!
I've known producer Linda Lehmusvirta for a number of years so I (mostly) stayed out of the way and trusted she would work her magic. And she did. We loved the resulting CTG on tour segment!
I'll give a few examples of areas we discussed in the interview. I like to soften the spikiness and rocks with native perennials, wildflowers and grasses.
Wildflowers and spikiness. Here I give credit to friend and fellow blogger David Cristiani of "It's a Dry Heat." If there's one thing I forgot to say in the interview it was that these wildflowers volunteered themselves. Once we decided to put out the welcome mat, wildflowers started to appear on their own.
I mentioned those evergreen bright blooming Damianita replacing Lantana which dies back and looks terrible in winter. Here they are in full bloom a few months ago.
Two years ago I pulled out a ton of messy liriope and planted sedges. That's Berkeley Sedge on the left of the path and locally native Webberville Sedge on the right. They look very close in texture so it works. This stuff takes a long time to fill in!
How we built our Texas style shed from scratch is outlined in this post which has become one of my most popular posts. No surprise there because when we went looking for how to build our own shed we couldn't find much help online. So there may be a lot of copies out there -- glad we could help!
We talked about our deck renovation and you can find our deck "Before and After" here. That's native Ironweed and Turk's Cap in the bed along the deck.
To learn more about our vintage D'Hanis brick walkway, check out this post.
If you'd like to know more about our landscape process my "Zeroscape" post shows how we got started.
We even recruited our neighbor Karen Guz of SAWS to do the studio interview! She is such a pro.
It was so much fun hosting the CTG crew and absolutely love how the show turned out. Thank you Linda, Ed and Steve!
Linda's blog post on our garden and the show is at this link. I'll need to read it again because I was overwhelmed with her beautiful photos and text.
How awesome. The video was a pleasure to watch. Your artist flare shows with your use of textures, Agave's with the softer grasses works well.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Julianne!Delete
I enjoyed this post tremendously, Shirley! It was second best to seeing your garden in person, which I very much hope I'll have an opportunity to do someday. I'm glad your wonderful garden and so many of your imaginative projects are getting the attention they deserve through CTG.ReplyDelete
Thank you Kris, you were so close last year but the Fling was busy enough. Let me know when you come back to Texas.Delete
I loved seeing your garden on CTG today, Shirley! Everything looks amazing- and you and Mr. R-O-D did so well!!!!!ReplyDelete
Thank you Heather! It was fun and so nice to hear from another SA gardener who has been there.Delete
I enjoyed looking back to the before - I hadn't realised you had made such huge changes to your garden.ReplyDelete
It was pretty much a blank slate except we had to move all that gravel around.Delete
I think your garden is very impressive, and I especially admire that you do it all on a larger lot without the help of an irrigation system. Seeing it after a cold snap is like seeing a woman without make up; you can appreciate how naturally beautiful she is and how the make up enhances her best features.ReplyDelete
Abbey, that's such a sweet analogy. A good base is so important in landscaping.Delete
Shirley, I will treasure this forever! You and Neal truly are AWESOME! (Wink!)ReplyDelete
Linda, so will we! Thank you, thank you. That word again.....ReplyDelete
How fun! I'll have to look for it online when it is available!ReplyDelete
Misti, it's up already. Just click the video in my post.Delete
What a lovely segment. You and your husband looked so at ease and were great storytellers in sharing about your garden.ReplyDelete
We didn't have time to think about it! That plus Linda is so much a part of our gardening/blogger community in Central Texas that I really did feel like we were just talking around the table. I also knew from previous experience that Ed will never ever stick a camera in my face so I just forgot about the crew.Delete
How fun! Congratulations! I noticed that Linda posted about it, too. Your garden is amazing. I would love to see it someday, too.ReplyDelete
I know you'd love to come back to San Antonio so let me know whenever you want to escape cold Wisconsin!Delete