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peeking over your shoulders so I decided to cough up the bucks so I could say hello...another Texan...well sort of...recently moved back home to hot weather and spicy food...All I can tell you is that we are loving it...
Thanks for the welcome and the relocate is a long story...We have been in a job situation where we moved about every 5 years so we retired here from a little town north of Boston, Chelmsford, close to the NH border...we had though lived in TX off and on for a long time...every time the opportunity presented itself we came running back...We lived in the Dallas area in a little town called The Colony, in the Houston area in a little town called Hempstead, and we lived for a long time in San Antonio...San Antonio is like home to us both...we both lived there for around 20 or more years...I was familiar with the Boerne area cause I lived in that area so I suggest to husband that we consider the hillcountry for retirement and we are sooooo very happy that we did...We just love it here...everything about it...I can even say after 6 years of snow and ice we even love the heat...
Welcome to the garden! While some people are born to TX, there are some of us who choose it! We had a Central TX RoundUp in Kerrville near the end of June, hosted by dstartz (Donna) and her DH Ernest. They don't live in Kerrville, but own property there, and plan to retire there. Another active member on this forum is silverfluter (Mary Lee), and her DH Tom. They live nearby in Fredericksburg. We're planning another RoundUp there November 12th, hope you can make it. It's so fun to meet people you've been talking to "through a keyboard", as silverfluter said. We'd love to meet you!
Hotnspicy, Welcome to the Hill country! Or should I say welcome back! In any case I'm glad you're here. How long have you been here? Do you have deer to deal with, or can you plant without fear?LOL I will be dividing my iris colonies soon, so if you're interested I'll add you to my list. None are identified, but they bloom well.
You are joining a wonderful group of people-very help, fun, and generous. Hope to meet you soon.
Thank you silverfluter we arrived last Oct and bought an RV from Ronnie Bock and moved it to our property and started negoiating for the building of our home...We have taken posession of our home and my grounds are bare and mostly mud and dirt so I have plenty of room for plants, especially iris...thiey are my favorite plant although daylillies run a close second and believe it or not...I just love lantana so I'll be planting lots of lantana which as you know is prolific here but Please do put me on your list...I would just love to have some ...I do have deer to deal with on our 5 acres but we also have an Australian Shepard wwho keeps them at bay but my husband had a fence build around "the back yard" so I could garden with out worry of the deer...They march through the property every night going to a neighbors home who feed them but now that Molly has come to live with us...they march through pretty fast...Thanks for the welcome...I'll show you pictures of our place when I have time to look for them...We live off of HWY 16 about 5 miles total out of Kerrville toward Medina...we love it here...
Thank you so much...It is so hard starting over and leaving all your plants behind but at least I know that this is our retirement home and when we leave this one, it will be feet first so I can plant away.
Hotnspicy, I understand. My DH was in the army 11 years. We moved atleast 11 times. He got out of the army and we moved here and bought this house. About a month later, we were still knee deep in boxes and I told him "The next time I move, I'm going out in a casket!"
Phyllis, that would be wonderful...I just cannot get over how generous people on this board are...I mentioned on another thread that I loved ditch lillies but that I had been forced to leave mine behind on my move and zap within minutes I had an email from someone sending me some...Thank you for your generous offer...I have a big ugly deer fence and I am trying to find vines to make it less intrusive...I would love to have the seeds. I will send you my address by the message thingy...
Well, be thankful that you have a deer fence to cover. I hope it's tall enough to keep the deer out. Atleast you can plant without fear.
We live on the edge of town and deer are not far away. We see them frequently across the street looking our direction. We've been here 15 years and they have never come in our yard. Don't know why. DH calls them "rose pruners". I'm actually more worried about my neighbor's goats. He's never had goats before and thinks his fence will keep them in. Fortunately, he's planning to move soon. Mary Lee
Yes I believe it is tall enough...they parade through our property every day going to a neighbors home. Atually two neighbors feed and water them so at night they go over and first thing every morning they come strolling back through the property...I have a feeling they won't bother my yard either because we have an Australian Shepard who is locked inside the fence so the minute she sees them she goes running down the fence line barking at them...You can actually see them looking for our dog...It's like they are standing peeking around a tree making sure she is still in the fence...I can almost imagine one of the does say..Do you see her...No not yet...She must be out there...maybe they are not home and then Bam there's Molly chasing down the fence line...
This morning Molly was raising cane and I went to see what her problem was and she had an Armadillo cornered and was trying to herd it ...Life at the ranch...LOL
Maggiemoo pot some up for me...LOL when you have nothing...everything is appreciated...I have 360 feet of fencing to cover...I'm actually using a lot of the fence line for gardening...In fairness I have to share our backyard with the dog...I could fence off the back area for her but prefer for her to just learn what she can play in and what she can't...Thanks Maggiemoo, I'd love some...
I have gold flame honesuckle that I guess would cover part of your fence. I just got it this spring and don't know how fast it grows or how big it gets. Mine is in a pot because I don't want it coming up all over the yard. I do know that the flowers are sterile. I have Cecile Brunner that certainly would cover part of your fence, but it might get pretty heavy. I also have a Madame Alfred that gets pretty big. Also New Dawn.
We might also come with a few. We also have Cecile Bruner and New Dawn.
Our honeysuckle stays pretty much on the fence. Then there are the Blackberries, and some of our mystery vines that might be snail vines.
So much fence. Welcome and let us know what you would like to have. I have a few Pride of Barbados Seeds now if you would like some.
silverflutter and trois ...you guys are so nice and so generous...I really appreciate your generosity...the honeysuckles sound great and trois, I would love some blackberries...I like the concept of an edible landscape and would like to add some berries to the yard...Thank you all...
Alright'y--I agree with silverfluter...cannas are GREAT for Texas! Just discovered them (and it's funny how many I notice in my neighbors' yards around town now!). They're awesome for nice tropical foliage (especially Pretoria and Striped Beauty) and the flowers are lovely.
And, if maggiemoo hasn't cleared out any chance of me getting Pride of Barbados seeds??? =)
Cannas are good...I love them too...I just hadn't thought of them...to tell you the truth, I have never been in a situation where I had to start from scratch and I guess I am just intimidated by all the space...We also have our home situated rather oddly on the lot so that doesn't help...My thoughts are to maintain the naturalness of the lot but add bits of color and plants to decorate here and there.
I will tell you this too...I have numerous wildflowers on the property...so I have been leaving them and pamperng them in particular spots...but...yesterday my Dearly Beloved Hubster went out with his trusty weedeater and chewed them all up..I wanted to just cry...but then he didn't know did he so I spared his life...
I will have Pride of Barbados seeds again this year. The flowers are just now opening and the hummers have already found them. Maggiemoo, I have you and several others calendared for seeds. I will also have hyacinth bean seeds (Dolichos Lablab vine) a bit later. The lavender flowers hang in clusters.
I will also have some cannas this fall when I rework the beds. One of them called "Intrigue" has a smaller, pale orange flower that reminds me of a bird in flight; the foliage is burgundy and reminds me of chocolate! I recently acquired an heirloom canna named Cleopatra. It is yellow with flecks of orange.
Also have passionflower vines popping up all over as well as climbing the trees. Have not been able to pot up the sprouts successfully, though. There are plenty of them to practice with; maybe I can manage it by November.
Re the Pride of Barbados seeds - I didn't mean to override Trois' kind offer of seeds *now* - just reminding myself of my promise last fall to notify you when next I had some to send.
When you dig out a new sprout, go down far enough to get part of the thick main root that connects all the new vines to the mother plant. I dug up some sprouts and a section of the connecting root in early April. All of them rooted and have sent out new shoots.
Thanks, Veronica! I have marveled at how far away from the first plants on the fence these new shoots are when they come up. There must be a maze of an underground network. I hate to just cut them down with the string trimmer. The flowers are so beautiful, especially opening 15 feet up in the palo verde trees. My neighbor has been wanting some starts for her MIL. We'll be able to accomplish that now. Yuska