Mother's Day Daylily Tour in Brazoria, May 14th
The garden club ventured out to Brazoria to visit two daylily gardens. Our first stop was a private garden
belonging to Loris Garrett with approximately 1,300 varieties of daylillies,
some hybridized by the owner. Our second stop will be the Crainer's Daylily Farm. They collect daylillies for sale from many well-known
hybridizers, including those from the Crainers. We also enjoyed a sack lunch under very old live oak trees. See
Crainer's Daylily Farm for more information about the Crainer garden.
May Yard of the Month
1235 Harvard - The owners employed Pam August
to help translate their thoughts into a comprehensive hardscape and
landscape plan in the double lot yard. They contracted Bella Terra to do the six-month rejuvenation project. In the front yard are
beds that feature mini holly bushes lining the gravel sidewalk, which was a concession to the large oak tree roots.
Other plantings include gardenias, azaleas, sculpted ligustrum and perennials that work in the shade of the large
oak trees fronting the house. The center walkway features a "water pump" fountain that flows into an 1800 era carved
stone Chinese cattle trough for which Bella Terra built a custom pedestal. Yard fixtures include a restored 1890 hitching
post from Chicago and an early 1900 street lamp from New Orleans.
The side yard features a small courtyard with a large replica ornamental cast iron fountain ringed by flowers and
plants sitting in front of a brick wing wall that insures privacy. The back yard features a custom pool and outdoor
kitchen. The fence is lined by Buford holly trees fronted by luripemdlum that provide privacy and other backyard
plantings include sculpted ligustrum bushes, bottlebrush with beds of Knockout roses and a redbud Tree for color.
We want to Thank Joshua's Native Plants for the wonderful
Gift Certificate honoring our May, 2017 Yard of the Month.
Send nominations for Yard-of-the-Month to us on our contact page.
Latest Gardening Project
Heights Boulevard Entrance Garden
This past May the garden club updated the entrance garden trimming back the lantana, replacing the Mexican Mint Marigold with coral
drift roses, blue salvia and blue daze; and mulching to hold down the inevitable weeds. Hopefully it will make a colorful splash over
the summer. Thank you to Jeb with Landscape Innovations for digging out the mint marigold and to all our volunteers for helping to make
the entrance garden a more welcoming space.