Saturday, November 18, 2017

A Discovery Garden | Dallas

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Butterfly Gardening

CREATING Hands on Learning

The Texas Discovery Garden at Fair Park 


















































The Texas Discovery Garden at Fair Park is host to many butterfly varieties and host plants. 
Paper Kite Butterfly



















































Along with the generous display of tropical plants one can also find near native nectar plants such as the Mexican bush sage in all it's glory and Mexican sunflower.



Essential are a healthy, organic, and diverse environment.






























                                                                                                                                                               
         




























Frittilary butterfly eggs on the Passion flower vine will soon hatch and bring forth a single larvae. The larvae will feed on the leaves until it is ready to form a chrysalis.  


golden dewdrops DURANTA ERECTA 


  


































True gardeners can't help but enjoy the flowers and butterflies.

                     

























All material © 2007-2017 by Jeanette Hyden for Grassroots Horticulture

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Salvia

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Gardening with Sages

CREATING Autumn accents | Two Favorites


Vivid Scarlet Vermilion 
Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans)


















I consider pineapple sage an annual in my eco-region. It is a perennial in zones 8 and greater. Pineapple sage can usually be found in the herb section of your local nursery in the spring. Many people grow it for the lovely pineapple scented leaves and use the leaves for tea. The best luck I have had with both salvias is planting them along the edge of a retaining wall. The raised nature of a retaining wall allows for good drainage.




Lovely Lavender

Perennial Mexican bush sage  (Salvia leucantha) 















                                                                                                                                                  

I have the 3-5' Mexican salvia and the more diminutive Salvia leucantha 'Santa Barbara'.  If you have ever grown Russian sage you will find this sub-shrub comparable excepting the shorter height of the plant makes it less likely to topple in winds and requires no support.  We usually get temperatures below 25 degrees so I considered it a perennial in zone 7b-8a.                                                         






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All material © 2007-2017 by Jeanette Hyden for Grassroots Horticulture
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Look to Ginkgo Trees for Autumn Color

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Lemon Yellow Ginkgo Leaves and a Vermilion Sweet Gum Leaf


If you haven't had a chance to enjoy the changing colors of the season look for this tree as you venture out and about. I am updating this posting from last year in case someone missed my enthusiastic passion. My favorite tree, ginkgo, is a tree frequently unnoticed until it drops its leaves. What an unusual shape for a leaf and it is such a beautiful and brilliant yellow shade in the autumn!  It's leaf is fan-shaped or "duck-feet" shaped. The fruit is produced only by the female tree. 

GINKGO BILOBA

FEMALE TREE WITH FRUIT
FAN-SHAPED LEAVES
Zone 7
Rarely, a ginkgo tree with fruit is found. I was happy to capture these photographs of a female tree with ripe fruit at the Dallas Arboretum. The Arboretum is a great place to see a broad spectrum and diversity of trees.



             GINKGO BILOBA TREE Topiary           
Entrance to The Japanese Gardens
Fort Worth Botanical Gardens
Zone 7




Ginkgo Biloba
ADDISONIA, VOL. 11: T. 362 NYBG 1926
MARY EMILY EATON (1873-1961
SOURCE:PLANT ILLUSTRATION



MAIDENHAIR TREE
GINKGO BILOBA


Arborists prefer to plant male trees due to the cheesy scent of the fruit produced on the female tree.  The tree above was planted over forty years ago. It is slow growing in hardiness zone 5 where this tree is placed. The soil was like cement when I planted it but it has survived, amazingly.


Two traits appreciated by ginkgo lovers are the golden fall color and in just 1-2 days the leaves fall to the ground making cleanup quick and easy.


Ginkgo is believed to originate in China. A 1,400 year old ginkgo can be found in the Zhongnan Mountains in China.



Table 1: Autumn Leaves of Ginkgo in various hardiness zones
Hardiness zone       When to expect beautiful yellow color in fall?                                   When to expect leaves to drop?
Zone 1 Unknown
Zone 2 Unknown
Zone 3 Unknown
Zone 4 Unknown
Zone 5 October, last week thru November, 2nd week November, 2nd week
Zone 6 November, 2nd week
Zone 7 November, 3rd - 4th week 8-Dec
Zone 8 November, 3rd - 4th week 8-Dec
Zone 9 Unknown
Zone 10 Unknown


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