Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Taking a Couple of Hours Off

Taking a Couple of Hours Off

I took a couple of hours off the past couple of weeks to relax and get my Fall beds planted.  It took me 5 days to complete everything as I didn't try to do it all in one day this year.  I'm one of those A personalities that like to get things done and get them done now.  Last year, I didn't feel mch accomplishment once they were all planted and then the next day, all I could do was look at them.

This year, my strategy was to plant sections at a time.  I have my main front tree that is Pink and White.  White for the Pansies and Pink for the Dianthus.  I had really good luck with Dianthus this past year, that the ones I planted last  year and still thriving in another bed.  I figured, as these grow, they'll be a great accent around the tree for my Spring planting as well.  I also surrounded the trunk with kale.

The next section is did was my Purple section.  Purple Cabage, Purple Kale, and Purple Mini-Pansies.  The problem with this section is that I was supposed to have 4 Kale and 4 Cabbages, but as they've grown, I can distincly tell that I got 6 cabbages and only 2 kale so my bed is off balance.  They looked the same when they were tiny so I trusted the guy at the store to have handed me the correct items... oh well.

My third section is at the front of the house.  It's Yellow and White Pansies with more Cabbage and Kale.  This section was planted last, so there aren't many blooms right now, but we had a nice rain yesterday so I expect them to take off well!  This is a long section, so I just took a picture of the right side.

I still have one more section at the front of the house... I'm thinking about what to do there.  I've actually been waiting for more houses in the neighborhood plant their Fall beds so I can "borrow" some of their ideas. I can definitely say that spreading the planting out has been much more enjoyable.  I'll post again as everything matures!



Comment balloon 8 commentsDonna Harris • November 06 2006 11:28AM


Donna looks great! Can you come down to Florida and take care of ours for us? It's something we never get around to doing.
Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) about 14 years ago
Sure, Bryant, I would love to!!  Only problem is that I don't know which flowers like Fall and Winter in Florida.  I do not replant for Winter like some people do.  I plant thinks that will last through the Winter as our Fall is typically only a week and a half!
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 14 years ago

Donna..I love to garden too. I just tore out all me petunias from the summer and things are looking bare. But, I don't think I want to plant this winter...they never last:(  You garden looks great..hope you had a great time.

Posted by Laura Monroe, Dir. of Industry Engagement & Social Media (Inman News ) about 14 years ago
If you feel like tyaking a few days, I think I have some work for ya....  nice job
Posted by Leo Namiot, Before you chose a lender check my rates and fees (Canopy Mortgage) about 14 years ago
Hopefully I learned all my lessons from last year.  Last year, all my pansies "died" or I thought they died.  They had been eaten by the neighborhood rabbits.  At the end of the season, one of my neighbors told me about "Liquid Fence" which prevents the rabbits from eating them.  So far, so good!
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 14 years ago
Looks great, Donna!  I'm envious though!  I don't have time for fall beds with 3 kids!!!  Ah, one of these days!
Posted by Chris Tesch, College Station, Texas Real Estate (RE/MAX Bryan-College Station) about 14 years ago
Donna, your plant beds look great.  I know not all agree with me, but gardening can be relaxing and rewarding.  Plus, as an added bonus, sometimes it gets your neighbors to decide to update their landscaping, too!
Posted by S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL, Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist (United Realty Group, Inc.) about 14 years ago

My neighbors across the street must spend a good $1000 each season to change out their beds... it's ridiculous, but they look nice and colorful!

Also, it looks like I did figure out the trick to keep the rabbits away!!  It's called Liquid Fence.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 14 years ago