Sunday, April 20, 2014

Rollicking larkspur in the front garden

rol·lick·ing (adjective) \ˈrä-li-kiŋ\
: enjoyable in a lively or noisy way
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: boisterously carefree, joyful, or high-spirited
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Synonyms: hell-raising, knockabout, rambunctious, 
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raucous, robustious, roisterous,
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boisterous, rowdy, rumbustious [chiefly British]
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Antonyms: orderly
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Every stem of larkspur in my garden is an indirect passalong from MSS, who has blogged at Zanthan Gardens since 2006.
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M cultivated this readily reseeding heat- and drought-loving annual over several years, culling all the pink-blooming stems before they went to seed, leaving only shades of blue, purple and white.
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She gathered the abundant seeds and shared them with her friends who garden, who shared them with their friends who garden, and so on, and so on.
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Now her larkspur runs roughshod over Austin gardens every spring - except in her own garden. She recently blogged that she has hardly any larkspur blooming this year.
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What's rollicking in your garden this spring?

9 comments:

  1. I love larkspur! And I miss MSS. I have some of those seeds myself, but have never gotten around to planting them. Shame on me.

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  2. Wow, your larkspur is amazing, mine isn't doing nearly as well this year. The best plant in my garden right now are the native Greenthreads or Navajo Tea wildflowers and I didn't even plant them.

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    1. The birds planted some different poppies in my yard this year, and moved my sweet pea patch to another part of the back yard. Still not sure how they did that last bit.

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  3. Beautiful. Now that I have another fenced area, I might try some.
    Thanks for sharing yours.

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    1. Let me know if you want seeds! - unless you want some pink ones, then you're better off buying the Wildseed Farms mix that MSS originally planted.

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  4. Beautiful spring planting and one that comes back every year unless you have decollate snails. What happened to your agave or was that on the other side?

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    1. I have tons of snails and they came back anyway. Larkspur for the win! The agave is still there - it's on the other side, where only a few larkspur have migrated.

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  5. Lovely! I enjoyed the definitions running along with the photos. Neat story about these passalong plants.

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