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.
some Lazy Gardener's recommendations
Do you know if Brenda B. Smith, The Lazy Gardener has a website? Thanks for the info.
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!
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.
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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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.
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!
Well, the email was returned as undeliverable. Anyone know where to get her book?
Don't know what's going on with e-mail, but I found another e-mail address for her: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
Thanks, Maggiemoo!! I've already ordered a Mock Orange since it was on her flyer!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
I would love to try some seeds, too, if you have extras!