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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Ranunculus and Stock
I have always loved the old fashioned look and sweet-spicy scent of stock flowers (Matthiola incana), but never noticed them for sale or thought about actually growing my own. Since the weather has been so lovely I have been cruising around my favorite nurseries; The Natural Gardener, Barton Springs, and The Great Outdoors. These are all reputable establishments, so I think that maybe they will do well here. I picked up a few at each spot, but must admit that the specimens at NG were truly outstanding. The mass of pink and purple 4 inch pots were truly stunning. Hopefully they will shine in my garden as well. A gardener from San Antonio recommends removing the bottom leaves to prevent fungal problems, I will try this with my plants.
I was also seduced by the lovely ranunculus available right now. Although I am a sucker for the red, I was drawn to this cheerful yellow. I have been told that here in Austin they are treated as annuals, I still hold out the hope of seeing some of them come back.