April 05, 2022
Last week Barton Springs Nursery was marinating in grape Kool-Aid fragrance thanks to a bumper crop of Texas mountain laurel (Sophora secundiflora) blossoms. Purple clusters of sweet-smelling flowers greeted me at the entrance to the nursery yard.
More grapey trees — including a giant of about 15 feet — beckoned near the parking lot entrance.
Double bliss: Texas mountain laurel with a Spanish dagger in voluptuous bloom. Or is that Spanish bayonet? I’m not sure of the difference between those two intimidating yuccas.
One more shot of its starburst form and heavily guarded flower
Inside Barton Springs Nursery’s gift shop, I visited their new bookshop, located in a back room. It’s so great to see a nursery willing to carry books, despite Amazon’s attempts to become the only bookseller in the world.
Oh hey — there’s my book The Water-Saving Garden! Thanks, BSN. I also spy my friend Loree Bohl‘s Fearless Gardening.
In another little room next to the bookshop, I discovered BSN’s new lending library. How cool is this? Shelves of gardening and design books are available to check out on the honor system.
The rules are spelled out in a picture frame sitting on a shelf. It’s easy to check out a book on a self-serve basis, assuming you can find the wooden box marked “Checkouts.” I had to ask for help to locate it, and of course it was sitting right in front of my face. D’oh!
Here’s the book I selected. Search out the bookshop and library the next time you’re at BSN buying plants, and maybe you’ll find a new book to read too.
Today’s unseasonable 97F temperature means the end of mountain laurel season. It’s been an amazing spring for these native trees, many of which took a hit during the 2021 Freezepocalypse, and we Texans have been reveling in their beauty and fragrance for a couple of weeks. The early spring show is ending. What’s up next?
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Come hear an in-person talk about art and garden design on Thursday, April 7th. Patterson Webster, a garden writer, garden travel guide, and accomplished sculptor from Quebec, will be in Austin to share her knowledge as my next Garden Spark speaker. The talk will be held in a beautiful outdoor setting at Barton Springs Nursery. Only a handful of seats remain, so email me today for ticket info. No walk-ins; advance tickets only. Come learn something new and hang out with fellow garden lovers!
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