Leslie, Maples, Johnson Wildflower Center discussed on The Wildflower Hour with Tom Spencer


Because the show five one two eight three six zero five ninety is the telephone number. So go ahead and give me a shout. The last week. I was out in lost Maples state natural area. The color was gorgeous here as you might suspect being a little cooler and just one of my favorite things to do urine. You're out every fall go out there and spend some time with friends. Enjoy the fall color and the beautiful hills out there in the far western reaches the hill country is that area the hill country where the hills really begin to feel like mountain says really a super cool place. Talk more about that and all the cool plants grow out there, including the famous big tooth maple. But whatever you have on your mind. That's the thing. We wanna do. Go ahead and give me a shout. Five one two eight three six zero five ninety is the telephone number. We have our regular caller Leslie upping house from the lady bird Johnson Wildflower center. Standby and good morning to you. I'll say how you doing. There you go. Hey, good morning Morton beautiful morning. It is well, and I'm feeling refreshed shift lost Maples. I I'm sure. Good at the welfare center right now. Lots of color and grasses. Yeah. It's beautiful on the grass has actually right now. We've got a little hit from that coal that. Yeah, we got some temperatures. So some stuff that with the warm temperatures before that were coming up too early. They gotta change seabed of a of a reminder detect. But yeah, everything is like an really pretty the grasses are just so pretty right now, the grasses and the trees getting getting that cold snap to also getting the trees, but we are busy busy, busy transplanting all plants. Good thing to do right now. It is the thing to do and people it's like sometimes for me. I like doing it. But it is a it's almost a cruel reminder of as how physically arduous gardening can. Yes, down stop because this is the peak time, you know, the temperature is great the ground is a little bit wet, and you can really see start to see where plants are too close together. And so anyway at the center, we are just dividing and moving things around like mad. Yeah. Oh. This is a good time of year for that. Now into the wintertime, really good time. And you mentioned the fact of this condition is so right now it really is ideal for planning because the soil is not caked dry. Just a little bit of Tilson there. You got the moisture in the promise a more moisture to come in. You know, one thing I've noticed over the years is that when I plant things in advance of a good rain. It's like guaranteed success. Really is. And so so it really is. I mean, all the stars are aligned with all that early reign things. Like, you're standing Cyprus, and even your bluebonnets that have already come up in Germany did if you have patches that are too sick. Now's the time. You can move those things around don't be afraid to move some of those little annuals around 'cause they did germinate pretty heavy and pretty early. And so, you know, I just moved hundreds of standing cypress about four feet to the left. Sure. I know a little bit nutty. But you know, like, thanks just so. That's the place. Yeah. And you're not going to be able to do it later, you know in the spring. I don't recommend monkeying around with your annuals too much. But that really honestly, the soil is just right. And then even on some of the bigger steps like your like many as or your, you know, your mealy blue sage those, you know, some of those plants where they'll get a little bit too big into groupings. You can divide them up and moving around, and they'll take it just fine. I still cut things pretty much the ground if they're an adult plant when I move at. And I always try to remind people that when you're transplanting you wanna push all that growth energy into their route. Moore leaves rather than flowers and not trying to see the growth that's already there. So that's the only little tips. That's a great tip, actually. Yeah. Yeah. Take some pressure off the roots and let them go. Yeah. Just let them do their thing. And then I won't hurt too bad on it. But I've had a couple of different guests because of the cold asking about mulch, and yeah, multi great, but in central Texas, you want to be careful with all this moisture that you're not mulching your Woody trees and Trump's too much in the winter because it is really moist. And we are seeing you know, some some of the tougher dryer things I'm worried a little bit about rod. And so I don't want. I'm not really doing a heavy mulch around that stuff right now. On the mulching. I'd like to wait until I do a big spring clean up. You know, for the things I've let go to cedar stay up and then at that time, and then some people say, oh, no you have to the soil warms up. Know, I think that's true in a vegetable garden, but I think that in ornamental garden. It's not necessarily important. You know? Yeah. I don't think it is. And and and I think people err on the side of too much malls. And too close to the base of the trees and kind of or. Yeah. Against area. Yeah. Right. And and the little step to you want. You know, we want those seeds to germinate don't bury. They don't see any life that that would be hard. Yeah. Okay. Well, as always appreciate your call. You can get a good start. And I hope that lots of folks follow you in line this. Yeah. And I won't be around next week. Okay. Thanksgiving everybody. I'm heading north good for you know. Okay. Joy that. Yeah. Okay. Take care. Okay. Thank you. Leslie. All right..

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