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This Week’s Plant Orders

Another bee butt in the 'White Lightning' Turk's Cap.

Howdy howdy. Ziva and I are gonna be road trippin’ two days this week to pick up cool plants for y’all. As usual, some are restocking of plants I’ve sold out of and some are plants that are new to the Boutique. Here’s the list!

  • Asclepias currivasica, Tropical Milkweed
  • Crinum asiaticum variegata ‘Variegated Crinum Lily’
  • ‘Big Daddy’ Thornless Blackberry Bush
  • Calliandra haematocephala ‘Nana’, Dwarf Powderpuff Shrub
  • Callistemon viminalis ‘Hot Pink’ Bottlebrush Tree
  • Osmanthus fragrans, Tea Olive, in 3-gallon and 7-gallon sizes
  • * Prunus mexicana, Mexican Plum Tree
  • * Itea virginica ‘Peter’s Peach Creek’, Sweetspire shrub
  • * Persea borbonia, Red Bay Tree
  • * Ptelea trifoliata, Wafer Ash Tree
  • * Rhododendron ‘Phlox Pink’ Native Azalea
  • * Symphoricarpus orbiculatu, Coral Berry
  • Aloysia virgata, Sweet Almond Bush
  • * Anisacanthus wrightii, Flame Acanthus
  • * Liatris pycnostachia, Prairie Liatris
  • * Salvia microphylla X Greggii, ‘Heatwave Blaze’ Autumn Sage
  • Stachytarphetta frantzii, Purple Porterweed
  • * Pink Muhly Grass in 1-gallon and 3-gallon sizes
  • ‘Hot Pink’ Skullcap
  • Gran Nain Banana trees
  • * ‘Vintage Wine’ Hardy Hibiscus
  • Hibiscus syriacus, Purple Rose of Sharon
  • Yellow Lady Banks Rose in 1-gallon and 3-gallon sizes
  • ‘Garden Red’ Hydrangea
  • * ‘Snow Queen’ Oakleaf Hydrangeas
  • * Texas Compacta Sage in 3-gallon size
  • * Dwarf Wax Myrtle
  • * Cherry Laurel Compacta
  • * ‘Uptick Red’ Coreopsis
  • Salvia ‘Black and Blue’
  • * ‘Double Scoop Bubblegum’ Coneflower

Plants marked with the asterisk are natives/nativars to Texas and/or the Southeast.

Lots of y’all been wanting the ‘Blue Java Ice Cream’ Banana trees, but my supplier is out of stock and says it’ll be awhile before she has more ready.

Ready to see the pics?? Click on the individual pics to see plant names. Here we go!

Happy diggin’ in the dirt!

Jeanni and Ziva
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Lots and Lots of Blooms

I walked outside this morning to check on the plants in Bella Jardin’s garden area, and was blown away by all the color and pollinators that greeted me. That’s one thing about native, nativar, and, yes, even some of the tough adapted plants, they usually keep grinding the blooms out even in the heat of the summer. I was so excited to see everything looking so beautiful, and thought you might want to see it too. So come along with me on a tour of Bella’s garden.

Sidebar: I didn’t use a filter on any of these pics. Those blues on the ‘Black and Blue’ Salvia and the Sinaloan Blue Sage are the true colors of the flowers. Amazingly beautiful. Click on each pic to get the name of the plant. I’ll do a video soon of all the pollinators visiting the garden.

Happy diggin’ in the dirt.

Jeanni and Ziva
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Oh my goodness …

Ziva and I went on a road trip today to pick up our plant order from our favorite native plant supplier. Oh y’all. I swear that supplier has the absolute prettiest plants I’ve seen. I got a great mixture of super cool native plants and oh so amazing introduced plants (here’s the post listing all the plants we got), and, man, I swear I just want to keep them all for my garden and not sell any of them to you! lol But I’ll be nice and let y’all buy them all. I’ll start adding them to the Boutique tomorrow, so y’all keep checking back. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.

Purple Beautyberry
Purple Beautyberry

Happy diggin’ in the dirt.

Jeanni and Ziva
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Plants, plants, and more plants

Simpson's Stopper

Good morning! How’s everyone doing on this sweltering hot, steamy Texas day?? Ziva and I are doing great cause today and tomorrow are picking-up-plants-from-suppliers days. woohoo! We’re restocking plants and adding lots of new ones. For those who haven’t seen it, here’s the post, More New Plants Are Coming!!, that lists what we’re getting. I’ll be working very hard these next couple of days to get all the plants into the Boutique so y’all can buy them.

We’re also gonna be busy delivering plants, so I want to give a shout-out to our awesome customers Rachel, Jessica, Luci, Kandi, Crystal, Pamula, and Sharon for their orders. Thank you so very much!

The gorgeous plant in the pic is Simpson’s Stopper, Myrcianthes fragrans, and is one of the plants we’re picking up today.

Y’all stay safe in this heat while you’re diggin’ in the dirt.

Jeanni and Ziva
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Red Buckeye and ‘Blue Java’ Banana

Oh so many thank yous to repeat customer Monique for her order of four 1-gallon Red Buckeyes (native) and one 2-gallon ‘Blue Java’ banana tree (Texas adapted plant) and to repeat customer Sarah for her order of one 2-gallon ‘Blue Java’ banana tree (Texas adapted plant). May each of your gardens grow beautifully.

Happy diggin’ in the dirt!

Jeanni and Ziva
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Monarda and Coneflower

Thank you to Luci for your order of five 1-gallon nativar ‘Balmy Pink’ Monarda and two 1-gallon native Purple Coneflower!!

Happy diggin’ in the dirt.

Jeanni and Ziva
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Sassafras

Sassafras is back in the house!! The last time I had these in stock y’all bought all of them within three days, so if you want one or two or three, now’s the time to go to the Sassafras page and make your order. They are in 1-gallon containers and the plant, not counting the container, is 1 to 1-1/2′ tall, and they cost only $9 each plus tax.

Ziva and I picked up more cool plants today, I’ll have them posted in the Boutique soon.

Happy diggin’ in the dirt.

Jeanni and Ziva
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More Plants!

Ok, y’all, I put in another order in with my awesome native supplier, which means new plants are being added to the Boutique this week!! Ziva and I will go get all these awesome plants on Thursday:

Shizachyrium scoparium, Little Bluestem, ornamental grass

Aesculus pavia, Red Buckeye, shrub

Callicarpa americana, Beautyberry, shrub

Carpinus caroliniana, Hornbeam, tree

Cornus drummondii, Roughleaf Dogwood, shrub or tree

Crataegus marshalii, Parsley Hawthorn, tree

Crataegus opaca, Mayhaw, tree

Cyrilla racemiflora, Leatherwood, tree

Prunus mexicana, Mexican Plum, tree

Ptelea trifoliata, Wafer Ash, shrub or tree

Sassafras albidum, Sassafras, tree. Y’all bought every single Sassafras I had in stock within three days of the Boutique opening, so I’m absolutely getting more of this!

Helianthus, Swamp Sunflower, perennial

Heliopsis, perennial

Rudbeckia hirtia, Black Eyed Susan, perennial

I’ll have pics and descriptions added to the Boutique soon.

Happy diggin’ in the dirt.

Jeanni and Ziva
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Ziva’s Flora Favs: Swamp Jasmine

“Swamp Jasmine? What’s that?” Yeah, I get that statement a lot when talking about this cool plant. Most of us have heard about the beautiful Carolina Jasmine vine, well, Swamp Jasmine is a relative of it. As a matter of fact, the two look almost exactly alike with their beautiful yellow funnel-shaped flowers. The differences in them are Swamp Jasmine has no fragrance and it has a much longer bloom time than Carolina does.

With a name like Swamp Jasmine, I’m thinking you can pretty much guess where it likes to grow: yep, it does great in swampy areas. Got a wet area in your garden, perhaps by the downspout or in a low spot, well, this could be the perfect vine for you. But it also adapts well to regular garden watering, which is good.

The botanical name is Gelsemium rankinii, with common names being: Swamp Jessamine, Swamp Yellow Jessamine, Rankin’s Trumpetflower, and Yellow Jessamine. It’s native to the Southeast from Louisiana over and up to North Carolina, and is hardy in zones 7a to 9b. It’s pretty versatile in that it can take full sun down to part shade. The twining vine growth can reach about 20′, but it’s nowhere near as aggressive as some other twining vines are. It’ll quickly scramble over fences, arbors, pergolas, walls, and up trees, or it can be used as a ground cover. If you want to grow it as a ground cover, use landscape fabric pins to hold the stems down as it gets established. The 1″ to 1-1/2″ golden-yellow blooms start showing up fall into spring, and since they’re full of nectar they give the birds, butterflies, bees, and all other pollinators good food when not a lot is available. It prefers acidic soil, so it grows fine in East Texas but would have issues trying to grow in the alkaline soil of West Texas. The leaves are usually evergreen except during unusually cold winters in which they go dormant for a short time. Berries are produced on it around late summer/early fall. If all of the above isn’t enough to make you want one of these beauties in your garden, then this tidbit might do the trick: neither deer nor rabbits munch on it.

One issue that needs to be talked about is all parts of this plant are toxic to humans and livestock if eaten. So don’t plant it around your horse or cow pastures. I’ve had this in my gardens before and have had no skin problems with it, but I’ve made sure to wash my hands after pruning or transplanting it. The sap can irritate the skin of some folks, so be sure to wear gloves when handling it.

So if you’re looking for a well-behaved, semi-evergreen to evergreen, yellow flowering vine that attracts pollinators, and can survive very moist areas, then Swamp Jasmine should be on your wish list! Just look how beautiful those flowers are!

Happy digging in the dirt!

Jeanni and Ziva
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