BEAUTY IN THE FRIDGE

Debra’s Bluebonnets

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Today we’re off to Texas to visit with Debra Castle.

I am a Master Gardener in the South Plains of Lubbock, Texas, home of Buddy Holly and Mac Davis, which is halfway between Midland and Amarillo, kind of in the Texas Panhandle. I garden in a desert climate with temperature extremes from 115° to –7°F. We have also been in an extreme drought for several years, so water is expensive and needs to be conserved. I have gardened on some level at my home for 38 years. My garden has evolved depending on kid’s activities and work schedules, but I am retired now so I’m all in! I have cultivated Texas bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis, annual) for 30 years, which don’t grow here naturally.

Texas bluebonnets in massesOnce established, Texas bluebonnets need very little attention or water. They remain pest free and withstand temperature extremes.

close up of Texas bluebonnetsThey can be hard to start from purchased seed, as the seed has a very hard shell. I have found success with buying plants and letting them go to seed, which then germinates in the fall. I now have them every year in random places all over my garden.

pink bluebonnetsLast year this color popped up. I have no idea how this happened. I’m hoping some of them reseeded this year. We are recovering from the polar vortex assault, so plants are slow in coming out, but it didn’t faze the bluebonnets!

Closeup of pink bluebonnet plantClose-up of a pink bluebonnet plant

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