Welcome back, David! Please keep us informed about your progress - sounds like it will be very successful!
12 months later, how are things going? Were you successful in creating a Texan Rock Garden?
I had visited a wildflower center (may've been the Lady Bird Center) when I used to visit my cousins in Austin back in 1997!
Things seem to be going well. Most everything that went in the fall has survived this winter so far. It has been a very weak winter to say the least. I could probably count days when the low went below freezing on one hand. At the moment its 91, 20 degrees above normal and a new record. Well I guess records are meant to be broken. but I haven't found a plant yet that's noticed.
Oh, yes we got 3" of rain last weekend. Here's a photo of the berms as of today March 15
Melampodium leucanthum and Tetraneuris scaposa have been blooming since December.
I have a couple of batches of natives and exotics coming in April from specialist nurseries in Colorado. Its rather late
to put in transplants in in Central Texas given how early the heat arrives. Will be a good test. Fall is a much better time
Here's a shot of the mixed border
Again nothing untoward. This part of the garden got 4 to 6" of Thunderdirt over clay, topped off with a pecan shell mulch. I've been putting stuff in all "winter" a few from local nurseries and a few from shippers in California.
The real test will come when we start getting those 100 degree days!