Wildflower fields abloom at Wildseed Farms


A wildflower photo safari is my springtime ritual, and I especially like to drive out to the Texas Hill Country to photograph wildflowers against the rugged hills, rocks, and prickly pear. This spring, thanks to a mild winter, Texas bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis) are carpeting roadsides a few weeks early, so there was no time to lose if I wanted to see our state flower in its blue splendor.


Here’s what a field of bluebonnets looks like — sparkling blue heaven.


Unfortunately, while I saw plenty of bluebonnets along the roadsides from Spicewood to Llano, there was nowhere to safely pull over to photograph them, and I didn’t see any fields in bloom. Even scenic Willow City Loop off Highway 16 was downright sparse.


Happily, there’s always Wildseed Farms just east of Fredericksburg, where you can view farm fields of wildflowers, which they grow for their seed-selling operation. (Here’s my obligatory annual pickup truck-and-wildflowers picture.)


Right now Wildseed Farms has fields of bluebonnets and corn poppies in full flower.


Yesterday’s high winds made photographing the long-stemmed poppies challenging.


I always like spotting a few pink poppies amid the red ones.


I’ll leave you with a view of Enchanted Rock, which always deserves a detour if you’re driving Highway 16 north of Fredericksburg.

For my previous wildflower safaris, check out these blog posts:
Wildflower drive through the Texas Hill Country, March 2016
An Easter wildflower safari, April 2015
Wildflower safari in the Hill Country, April 2010
Texas wildflower Bloom Day, April 2010

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Refreshed porch pots and tiki hut


Happy Sunday morning! After a week of family illness at Chez Penick, I finally got in some gardening time this weekend. Here are my refreshed containers on the back porch steps. The purple oxalis (Oxalis triangularis) in the turquoise pot gets all the oohs, and no wonder. It’s a beauty. It goes partially dormant in winter but always comes roaring back in spring.

I repotted the Texas license plate planter (purchased from Potted a couple of years ago) with cuttings of the succulent I had in there before. It had gotten leggy and rootbound, and it was time for a refresh. So easy — you just cut off the tops of the succulents, set them somewhere shady and warm for a couple of days to let the cuts harden off, and then replant in cactus mix and top with fine gravel.

I impulsively purchased two dianthus (EverLast series ‘Lavender Lace’ and ‘Light Pink + Eye’) at Shoal Creek Nursery recently, and after dithering about where to plant them, I stuck them both in an empty pot. I’m enjoying the clove-scented bouquet, but I’ve moved them to a sunnier spot so they’ll keep blooming for a while.


If you’re wondering about the tiki hut mentioned in the title, no, it’s not mine. While shopping at Hill Country Water Gardens & Nursery, I couldn’t help admiring their plant-bedecked palapa. How fun! Wouldn’t this be great to lounge under, next to a swimming pool?

That’s all for now. I hope you’re enjoying some garden time this weekend too!

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Read my article in Country Gardens about East Austin Succulents


If you like Austin’s thrift-store, anything-goes, fun-loving style, especially in gardening, check out my article about Eric Pedley’s nursery East Austin Succulents in the current issue of Country Gardens magazine (Spring 2017, pages 70-75). You can read all about Eric’s unique junk-store finds, LP-cooking adventures, and how he creates the coolest succulent containers you’ve ever seen.


I’m particularly excited about this article, not only because it shows off one of Austin’s wonderful nurseries, but because it’s my first article for Country Gardens AND it’s my first producer credit! As the producer I worked with photographer Ryann Ford to help stage the photos, giving me a behind-the-scenes look at a professional magazine shoot.


I know you’ll enjoy Ryann’s photos of Eric’s fun and funky succulent containers, as well as Eric’s tips about creating them.

If you’re not a subscriber, you can find the magazine at newsstands and bookstores, including Barnes & Noble. This issue, I found, is wrapped in plastic and packaged with a floral coloring booklet, so you’ll have to buy it to read it. And then you can color too.

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Get on the mailing list for Garden Spark Talks. Inspired by the idea of house concerts — performances in private homes, which support musicians and give a small audience an up-close and personal musical experience — I’m hosting a series of garden talks by design speakers out of my home. The upcoming talk with James deGrey David has sold out, but join the Garden Spark email list for speaker announcements delivered to your inbox; simply click this link and ask to be added. Subscribers get advance notification when tickets go on sale for these limited-attendance events.

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