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maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 25, 2005
6:53 PM

Post #1308270

A friend of mine went to the Home & Garden Show in The Woodlands last weekend, and went to a workshop by Brenda Beust Smith, The Lazy Gardener. Jennifer (my friend) brought me this flyer and some cuttings (what a great friend!) Thought you might enjoy some Lazy Gardener's recommendations.

rose318

rose318
(Patti) in Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 25, 2005
7:58 PM

Post #1308424

Maggiemoo,

Do you know if Brenda B. Smith, The Lazy Gardener has a website? Thanks for the info.
Patti
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 25, 2005
9:46 PM

Post #1308616

Patti,

No, she doesn't, but you can usually find her weekly Houston Chronicle article online (under Lifestyle & Features/ Gardens) http://www.houstonchronicle.com/ and she has an online column at http://www.guidrynews.com/Brenda.htm.

She will be presenting a "class" with Mark Bowen (author of "Naturalistic Landscaping for the Gulf Coast" and owner of Living Art Landscapes), at the Arbor Gate Nursery in Tomball on April 2. The class is free, at 1pm, about "Designing Special Places". Both Brenda and Mark are fun speakers. You can check out the other classes Arbor Gate is offering @ http://www.arborgate.com/.

Let me know if you decide to go to any of the classes, I'll be going to several and would it would be fun to meet you!
Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

February 26, 2005
3:05 PM

Post #1309574

I have all of those plants except thryallis. They are all very easy to grow and all survived the Christmas snow/freeze. Pride of Barbados suffered a lot of damage, but is still alive.
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 26, 2005
4:25 PM

Post #1309673

Here are the cuttings my friend got for me, they are both plants from the flyer. The thick one on the left is Brazillian red cloak, I'm eager to have something new for my shady corner. The one on the right is Morning Glory Tree. I'll post pictures later if they actually grow (I'm not experienced at propogation.) She (Brenda Smith) said just to put these cuttings in a bucket of water for a few days, then plant them deeply with about 6 - 7" sticking out of the top.- roots will form all along the parts that are buried.

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maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 26, 2005
4:29 PM

Post #1309679

These are pictures I took last summer of a Morning Glory Tree at the Arbor Gate. It isn't really a tree, but it isn't really a vine, either. Like the flyer says, it's a tall, lanky plant. It's really beautiful in person.


This message was edited Feb 26, 2005 11:30 AM
Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

February 26, 2005
9:10 PM

Post #1309980

Maggie, the MG tree grows wild down here, especially in the swampy areas. I have three or four bushes, one by the pool I prune hard to keep it in bounds(wants to grow out over the walkway and shed blooms in the pool). It has a weird swollen base and looks pretty neat. I root the cuttings in water and now I'm trying to root some in that gel stuff.
The BRC has great flowers too, is a little fussier to root for me, but is worth it.
Forgot to mention, I grow both in sun and shade. They do equally well in either. The leaves of the BRC are greener in shade and the flowers are darker. I guess the sun bleaches them out or something.
mkjones
Aurora, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 26, 2005
10:42 PM

Post #1310104

Thanks, Maggiemoo! I printed that flyer out, and emailed Ms. Smith to ask WHERE I could get a copy of her book...looks & sounds like a good read!

=) MKJ
mkjones
Aurora, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 26, 2005
10:43 PM

Post #1310107

Well, the email was returned as undeliverable. Anyone know where to get her book?

MKJ
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 27, 2005
5:46 AM

Post #1310668

MKJ,
Don't know what's going on with e-mail, but I found another e-mail address for her: brenda@guidrynews.com. In addition, her "Lazy Gardener's Guide" is supposed to be available through http://www.urbanharvest.org/homepage.html, but I didn't see it listed specifically. I got mine through The Arbor Gate in Tomball, 281-351-8851, or http://www.arborgate.com/ . Or, you can call/e-mail the publisher direct: 713-621-3468 / RiverBendBook@aol.com.

Cala,
Glad to hear your experience with these plants, especially the MG tree. I'm trying to figure out a good place to put them, will quiz you about them more soon.
mkjones
Aurora, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 28, 2005
7:02 PM

Post #1313081

Thanks, Maggiemoo!! I've already ordered a Mock Orange since it was on her flyer!

=) MKJ
JodyC
Palmyra, IL
(Zone 5b)

February 28, 2005
7:11 PM

Post #1313092

I wonder what would be hardy here,I do have a mock orange.
I had to stop by the Texas forum.heehee
I'd like to read the rest of the articles now.lol.
I wish they had a midwestern forum.
Hummm maybe I should ask Dave.
Jody
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 28, 2005
9:17 PM

Post #1313293

Jody,

Welcome to TX (the forum, that is)! You'll find our hearts are as big as the state, so we're happy to have you stop on by and visit a while.

I've really been ogling that mock orange, too. I've been hearing about it for a long time, had no idea it was so beautiful! I need to find a way to fit it into my garden.

I'll be stopping by Arbor Gate on Wed, will get some advice from them then.
mkjones
Aurora, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 1, 2005
3:22 AM

Post #1313978

Hey, Maggiemoo--thanks for checking w/Arbor Gate for all of us, and I'll be interested to hear what they say; I've ALREADY ordered (hell, I have no patience...it's an affliction) a lovely variegated-foliage'd mock orange...can't wait to get the little lovely.

=) MKJ
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 1, 2005
1:05 PM

Post #1314325

Veriegated, OOooo! I love variegated anything!
Yuska
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 1, 2005
1:21 PM

Post #1314343

I have Pride of Barbados, and it is gorgeous! The hummingbirds flock to it also. Dies down in the winter but comes back from the roots. I'll save seeds this year if anyone would like some. Yuska
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 1, 2005
2:21 PM

Post #1314444

Yuska, I would love some, thanks!
Yuska
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 1, 2005
3:43 PM

Post #1314604

Okay, I'll put notes on my e-calendar to send you an e-mail when the seeds are ready. It blooms over a long period but I can send you some of the first to mature.
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 1, 2005
3:56 PM

Post #1314628

Thanks! I just love the people here in The Garden.
trunnels
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 3, 2005
3:14 AM

Post #1317388

Yuska,
I would love to try some seeds, too, if you have extras!
Terrie
Yuska
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 3, 2005
4:10 AM

Post #1317462

I'm sure I will have, and my neighbor grows it too. Will add you to the calendar memo...might have seeds around August 1.
trunnels
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 3, 2005
3:57 PM

Post #1317969

Thank you! Beautiful bouquet!!

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