Growing new varieties at Grassdale is my favorite thing, especially when its a flower that is hard to come by, or non-existent in my local market. Enter Madame Butterfly Snapdragons. Snapdragons themselves are a well-know, common variety garden staple. You see them used in landscaping and at markets all over town. I like to think of traditional snaps as a “red rose”- like the ones you see at H-E-B at the checkout lane. In contrast, the madame butterfly variety is a big, juicy, enticing “garden rose”–an upscale version of its traditional counterpart. The cute faces are frilly and extra happy looking and exude a candy-scent (seriously!). We planted a mix which is comprised of a rich burgundy, a bright, clear yellow, two shades of pink, and a really fun orange/coral I’m referring to as “sunset”.
We’ll definitely be expanding production of these gems next year!
We hustled HARD this summer and fall– installing raised beds in the greenhouse and establishing 16 (!) new rows of planting space along The Runway. We packed the greenhouse full of seeds, bulbs, corms and plugs and are starting to see the fruits ( or in this case, flowers) of our labor.
This was our first year purchasing plugs for Icelandic Poppies– a gorgeous, papery bloom notorious for being difficult to germinate. In years past I have invested in seeds and time only to have a poor showing of plants come Spring. After making empty promises to myself that THIS year I’d buy plugs, I finally pulled the trigger. AND I”M NEVER GOING BACK.
It has been an odd winter–The Fall was unseasonably warm, and remained so into November. While pretty nice for us humans, the plants thrive with cold nights and cool days. After this balmy Fall we experienced an Arctic blast– a three day string of nights hitting the teens. I hear you New Englanders laughing! I know, I know– 3 days of cold! Send supplies! Send in the rescue teams! In all truth, while “everything is Bigger In Texas” it can be wimpier too when it comes to the cold…. We lost the first 170 stems of Poppies in that cold snap.
It remains to be seen how the rest of the season will pan out in light of the odd weather…. The good news is new varieties of sweet peas are blooming a month early, and the ranunculus are putting up stems!
We’ve got an exciting announcement coming at the end of the week– stay tuned!