Oxalis pes-capre 'Scotty's Surprise'
Clear skies, seventy degrees and tweeting birds singing songs of springtime. Is it really February 21? Yes, it's one of those mirage-like days when the air teases us into thinking of warm soil and we crave visions of colorful blooms. For me, it's a side trip after having completing my first marathon in Austin this past weekend and rewarding myself with some booty from The Natural Gardener, one of my favorite nurseries.
It's right off Hwy 71 when you're coming in to Austin from Hwy 290. The Natural Gardener nursery
"I deserve this!", I say, as I lug my red wagon around the rows of spring-blooming perennials tempting me to lift them up into my cart. Picking up unusual or never before seen plants is really a kick for me. I instantly fell for the yellow profuse blooms of Oxalis pes-capre 'Scotty's Surprise'. I've never seen such blowsy, buttery blooms on an oxalis before! Then I was sucked in by the light blue-lilac star blooms of Ipheion uniflorum 'Starflower' which seems to dance on top of grasslike blades. Then on to deep black Mondo grass, Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Niger', for the ultimate in deep contrast in the garden. Oh, it'll separate so nicely next to the soft billowy lavender cotton, santolina. And, the last big daddy to make it into my wagon was a big juicy Agave piolvacantha, which will take part shade and should be magnificent standing front center on my front porch in the glazed chartruese pot I have.
Well, my shopping spree is over for now. I like to do a little eye candy shopping through the seasons for the garden as that way you always have something popping up all through the seasons. And with spring teasing it's way nearer, these spring blooming beauties will help wake up the winter garden.