Friends & Family Gardening Photography

Pickup truck envy

This is a scan of the contact sheet from my first roll of film on the Seagull TLR. It works! Excuse the fuzziness on the far right, that is a scanner issue. And yes, that is my niece and nephew with their new garden. CUTE. It’s hard to take a bad picture of those two.

Yesterday I went to the Natural Gardener with my tarp in place and bought a half-yard of Hill Country Garden soil. My arms feel like they’re going to fall off, but guess what? The bed in front is planted! It’s about 2/3 the size I had planned, and I need more crushed granite, but it looks alright. I rarely buy anything but 4″ plants because they are cheaper, so I’m going to have to be patient while it fills in. But LOOK! I am done digging up grass, at least until it cools off in fall. That is, at least until the Wildflower Center plant sale in fall where I’ll get myself in trouble all over again.

The plants are pink skullcap, damianita, spineless prickly-pear, bee brush, red yucca, variegated and plain agave, Wheeler’s sotol, pink Gregg’s salvia, Blackfoot daisy, mountain laurel, and a tiny standing cypress that I think the neighbor’s cats have been chewing on. I hope all of the plants survive the heat and the neighbor’s cats. I bought some seaweed solution to feed them that might help with the heat, but I don’t know what to do about the cats or squirrels or whoever likes to mess with my plants.


  1. BT

    June 4, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    I can’t wait to see the bed in real life!

  2. Pam/Digging

    June 4, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    You got a nice bunch of tough Texas plants. They need to be tough with this heat and drought, don’t they? I look forward to seeing them as they fill in and bloom.

  3. Nancy Bond

    June 4, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    I hope your new plants do well after all that work!

  4. dixie

    June 5, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Hopefully you will not do what I did, which is to grow impatient and keep buying plants despite being out of room in your garden bed!

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