Tenley Raj in Houston recently moved and is experiencing her first spring in her new garden! A rule of thumb when you move is to not plant anything new until you’ve been through the first spring so you can see what has already been planted. Tenley is discovering lots of fun things, even though it is still early in the growing season.
How lucky am I to be welcomed by a bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis, annual) popping up in a planter I brought from the old home? Bluebonnets are among those wildflowers that are often difficult to grow at home in a garden, but if you are lucky and live where they grow naturally, one might just move in all by itself!
Ferns and greens sprout from a rock in a normally shady spot. It is amazing how plants can find a way to thrive in the most unlikely of locations. Will this recently transplanted peony survive the odds and bloom in Texas? We can hope. Most peonies perform poorly in climates without some winter cold, but this one looks good so far.
Eleven-foot-tall oakleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia, Zones 5–9) mingle with palms in the side garden.
A nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus, annual) dangles from a terra-cotta pot beside a holly tree. I wonder what else will pop up here?
Gertrude the cat meets a young bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis, Zones 3–9) in the shade garden. A rose gets started on a trellis in the background.
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