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What’s New in Dallas this Week?

Yellow Blooming Trees in July.

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The Laburnum Tree – Beautiful and Poisonous

While there are no reported deaths from the Laburnum Tree in one hundred years the tree carries that label.  It is certainly lovely with Yuccas, Palms and Agave.
This tree reminds me of William Blake’s poem, A Poison Tree.

A Poison Tree

I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I watered it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine.
And he knew that it was mine,

And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

Yellow_Vitex_Tree _Lee_Ann_Torrans

This tree looks like a yellow bloom Vitex – though I am not sure.  It blooms well after the lavender Vitex.  It is exquisite.
Laburnum Poisonous Tree
Mexican Feather Grass, with Maidenhead Grass in July.  A small Japanese maple behind just beginning to grow.  The symmetry of the Mondo Grass defines the planting and reflects the architecture.

Saludos desde el Arboretum de Dallas

Dallas Arboretum
  Dallas Arboretum
  Dallas Arboretum

A Woman’s Garden.  Arboretum

Read and see more here.

The Fairy Miniature Rose

Not the Only One Getting Serious About Crape Myrtles!


Purple Crapes Say Hello, Finally!

Twilight Large Purple Crape Myrtle Tree

Read more about purple crape myrtles here.

Purple Muskogee Crape Myrtle – Painting with a Lavender Palette

  Muskogee Lavender Crape Myrtle
Read more here on Lavender Crape Myrtles: Muskogee and Bashan’s Party Pink.

The History of a Fern!

The amazing story of a new born fern.  Next Week!
Where are ferns born?  The fern garden!

The Wilson Historic District Dallas, Texas

Wilson Historic District Dallas Join me this week touring the Wilson Historic District.   Brought to Dallas by the Meadows Foundation.Link Here

Week Three of June in Dallas:  Looking at those front drive medians

A detailed look at the best medians and understanding of what makes them work.  Hint: layering.  Next week.

June to July:  Crape Myrtle Months and I am getting serious about Crapes!

  Tuskegee Crape Myrtle
See redesigned page on Tuscarora – I love the blooms, the shape, the texture, just don’t care for the color.  Read an honest evaluation of the MOST popular crape myrtle in Texas, the Tuscarora.

Dwarf, Miniature, and Baby Crapes!  Which one is right for you?

Stay tuned for two years of images on dwarf and miniature crapes and everything my client and I know combined!  Good thing he is a Crape Myrtle expert.  I still get confused?!?!?  Is it a dwarf, a miniature or just a baby.  It really takes an expert to make the call.  Next week.
Tonto Crape Myrtle Watermelon Colored and Vaselike

Week Two of June in Dallas.  Because gardening is like poetry.

 The Crapes are blooming!  They have been slow to bloom this year because of the long winter.  They are now putting on a stunning display in Dallas!
Tuskegee Watermelon Red Crape Myrtle
Read more here … Texas Top Ten Crape Myrtles.
Sometimes the best landscaping is very little.  The house says it all.
  Dallas Gardening and Landscaping
I taste a liquor never brewed –From Tankards scooped in Pearl — Not all the Vats upon the Rhine Yield such an Alcohol!
Inebriate of Air — am I — And Debauchee of Dew — Reeling — thro endless summer days — From inns of Molten Blue –
When “Landlords” turn the drunken Bee Out of the Foxglove’s door — When Butterflies — renounce their “drams” — I shall but drink the more!–
Till Seraphs swing their snowy Hats — And Saints — to windows run — To see the little Tippler Leaning against the — Sun –

Emily Dickenson

How has Austin influenced Dallas gardening?

Simply and irrevocably, until the shade sets in! June_Perennial_Garden_Dallas_Texas_Lee_Ann_Torrans   Read more here.

 Getting the Crapes So Right!

 Texas Top Ten Crapes

Crape Myrtles in Texas

Japanese Maples

Read more here:  Japanese Maples.


It’s About the Trees and the Ferns

Read more here.

Fern Garden Dallas, Texas Arboretum

My picks this week for Dallas Best Landscaping.

See and read more here.

Best Landscaping in Dallas

The Classic “Fern Urn” Comes Alive!

Read more here on ferns in Texas.
  Fern Urn

 Shade Gardening Perfection

Shade Gardening to perfection. Limelight hydrangea now comes in dwarf and miniature forms.  Here with purple Persian Shield.  See slide show here.
Shade Gardening in Dallas

Week One June

Container Gardening for the Long Hot Summer

Texas Superstar:  Variegated Tapioca in the center and one week later below.  This tropical foliage plant grown as an annual in all but southern-most Texas. The variegated form is prized for its vivid yellow patterned leaves.
More on Container Planting Here.
More on Texas Superstar Variegated Tapioca Here.
Plano Flowering Pot Ideas

Ferns Have Significant Place in Dallas Landscape History

Wood Fern Coming On Strong!  More on ferns in Texas here.
Wood Fern in Dallas Texa
First Week of June

Mixing Native Plants with Traditional and Bidding Grass Adieu

Loropetalum Accents Perennial Border (More Here on Loropetalum from Pixie to Five Feet Tall!)
June Perennial Border with Loropetalum Accent

Mophead Hydrangeas Bloom as Oakleaf Hydrangeas Fade

More here on Oak Leaf Hydrangeas, French Hydrangeas and Mop Head Hydrangeas.

Mophead Hydrangeas

The Romantic Look Alive and Well in Dallas

Dallas Container Gardening

Oakleaf Hydrangeas fading on June 3 with spreading yew (one of my favorite shrubs)!
Yew Spreading and Oak Leaf Hydrangea
Native Plants and June Perennials.  More Here.

Going Native!

Texas Perennial Gardening and Landscaping Myrtle Spurge
Blooming Trees in Texas!  Natives and naturals.  All Here.  Below is Rose of Sharon Althea Tree/Shrub.
Hardy Hibiscus

Bashan’s Party Pink Crape Myrtle has bloomed out!

Bashan's Party Pink Leafing Out!

Lilac Vitex Tree is in FULL bloom!  This Is a Patented Superstar!

Texas Lilac Vitex Tree
Russian Sage, Red Yuccas, Mealy Blue Sage and Saliva Gregii bloom in tandem with the Vitex Tree for an amazing Memorial Day color feast.
June Texas Perennial Gardening
Russian Sage and Yucca behind blooming in early June in Texas.  More Here on June Perennials.  Also see a Russian Sage Perennial Pocket Garden here.
June Blooming Perennials in Texas
Little Gem, DD Blanchard and the Teddy Bear Magnolias continue their short bloom life!
D.D. Blanchard Magnolia

Purple Shamrock – Everyone’s Favorite

Ferns, particularly River Ferns continue to flourish.  Purple shamrock spreads and shines.
Purple Shamrock and Wood Ferns

Dallas Built on Cotton Fields and Ranch Lands – Today Trees Abound

 Texas Trees – More Here.
  Weeping Willow Spring Showing
 Banana Plants Pop Up!
  Canna Lillies and Day Lillies Early June Texas
 Canna Lillies prepare to bloom.

A Big Place for Ornamental Grasses in Dallas Landscaping

  Texas June Perennials in Bloom
 Mexican Feather Grass blows in the wind.
 Santolina Blooms and Sedum prepares to show color!  See June Perennials.
  Santolina a Gray Perennial with Yellow June Blooming Flowers
 What’s Blooming in Dallas Now


Lee Ann Torrans What’s In My Camera Bag?

My Standard “Go To” Lens: Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S Nikkor Zoom Lens

Use this indoor museum and low light: Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras Good price around $200!

Is a bit redundant with the 35mm but a good price: Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR FX Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras Good price around $200!

Very good for portraits: Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR