The Sisters Visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Susan

The sisters came last week for two nights:  what a treat!  We all love gardening so we went to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.  Have you been?  The mission of the Center is to “..increase the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes.” It really is a fantastic place.  It displays an enormous variety of native plants and demonstrates how they can be used in the landscape but it is also a research center to deal with dwindling water supplies, climate change, pollution and invasive species, all by harnessing the power of native plants. If you have ever found yourself somewhat pessimistic about the future of our planet, this will give you great hope and inspiration!  I have been doing a survey of my yard in view of this visit and am looking at plants that should not be there because they do not follow this concept.  The most obvious problem I have is my very large lawn of St. Augustine grass which demands water, even when it is not available.  I also planted “Heavenly Bamboo” or nandina domestica, which is extremely invasive in Central Texas.  If you do any walking in natural areas around town you will be shocked at the multitude of nandina plants growing all over the place.  And it is extremely difficult to get rid of.  I have dug up one bush at least 3 times but it always comes back!  I think we all need to view ourselves as caretakers of this earth.  Now, what am I going to do about all that grass?

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