The extremely hot temperatures of this last summer are gone and so are some of the summer flowers of our native Texas plants. The heavy rains of a week or so ago and the cooler temperatures this week have brought out the first of our fall flowers. And as you can see from the picture, some are rather impressive. These fall flowers will continue to bloom up to the first frost; so, plan to come by our bed and breakfast to see the Texas Star Gardens in the fall. Although fall is not a good time to plant seedlings of most of the native Texas plants, if you’re interested in getting free seedlings, we’ll take your name and send you an email next spring when you can begin to come by for them.
Archive for the ‘Texas Gardening’ Category
October 6th, 2010 by Grover McMains
August 1st, 2010 by Grover McMains
You may have noticed that there haven’t been many blog entries in the last couple of weeks. Despite the heat in Fort Worth, there has also been some rain. So, we’ve been enjoying the native Texas flowers and plants that are in bloom right now. There is no lack of summertime flowers, most of which will bloom until first frost, but the star attraction, no pun intended, at the Texas Star Gardens is the late blooming Texas Star Hibiscus. Along with the Datura, or Moon Flower, the Texas Star Hibiscus is a bloom that doesn’t last long once it opens, but as you can see from the picture, is worth the wait!
Guests at The Texas White House can still get seedlings from the garden as long as they last, which should be well into fall. All you have to do while you are staying with us is to mention you would like to take one home, and we’ll make sure you get the one of your choice, FREE!
May 26th, 2010 by Grover McMains
I cannot resist showing more of the plants in the gardens next to The Texas White House Bed & Breakfast.
This is the Oakleaf Hydrangea; we have two of them, each over 5 feet tall. The blooms are now white, but you can see a few of them have begun to turn pick which all of them will do eventually. Then they will all turn brown while they are still blooming. I’ve made the picture larger than I normally do, but it still doesn’t do them justice; so, if you like flowering gardens, come see us and enjoy spring in Texas!
April 16th, 2010 by Grover McMains
Springtime has started in earnest at the Texas Star Gardens of The Texas White House. Each day, more and more Native Texas plants are budding out and blooming, and many of these spring flowers are producing seedlings. So, it’s time for our special discount offer. Actually, this is more “free” than “discount.” For each guest who stays at our Fort Worth bed and breakfast this spring and summer, you may dig up and take two seedling plants (supervised, of course!!) for each night you stay with us - absolutely free. For those of you reading this on Facebook, you are entitled to receive an even more special offer; so, please call us for the details. These seedlings can’t last forever – not because they won’t grow but because we will be forced to dig them up to keep the garden in shape. So, if you are interested, please plan to stay with us soon. You may want to time your stay to the type of plant you want, and we’ll certainly help you with that.
March 10th, 2010 by Grover McMains
This is not the time of the year most people think of going to the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. But I doubt you will ever be surrounded by as much color as the attraction now in place at their conservatory. You can literally walk among 2400 butterflies each week through April 4. Between now and the end of the exhibit, about 12,000 butterflies will have been on display. In fact, you must be checked before you leave to make sure one or more are not “hitchhiking” out on you! Butterflies from both North and South America, Southeast Asia and Africa are on display. What a fun date or family outing. Even more fun would be to make mini-vacation out of it by staying at The Texas White House. Call us and ask about our “butterfly special!”
February 5th, 2010 by Grover McMains
This time of year in Fort Worth, we’re all bundling up to stay warm and probably just wishing for spring flowers or not even thinking about it yet. However, the Winter Honeysuckle has started blooming in the Texas Star Gardens at our bed and breakfast. Imagine yourself, still bundled up on a cool day, sitting in the sunshine on the bench almost surrounded on three sides by the fragrance of honeysuckle. Close your eyes and smell. Suddenly, it’s Spring! Well, you don’t have to just imagine. Come see us at The Texas White House and let your imagination come alive! Mention this post, and you’ll receive our early spring discount.