Palms, agaves, and edibles in Peter Schaar Garden

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October 27, 2020

I was happy to have the opportunity to see the plot of Peter Schaar in Dallas in early October. I know Peter as a palm and agave suitor, a grow addict( indicate the Texas Rose Rustler t-shirt ), and an enthusiastic concoct with a penchant for ripening herbs and other palatables. He’s also a longtime commenter at Digging( since 2011) which are normally shares interesting snippets about his travels with his late wife, Julie, and personal anecdotes about Texas’s gardening trailblazers like John Fairey and Pam Puryear.

Peter is reticent about his own employment as a garden-variety decorator( a second career after 30 times as an applied mathematician) and school talker, as I learned when I read a 2006 D Magazine article about him announced ” The Mathematician’s Garden .” In short-change, Peter has gardening choppers and a capital of knowledge about gardening in North Texas, which he liberally shares with others.

Peter’s garden, located in Dallas’s Lakewood neighborhood, is carried with fringe-fingered palms, strappy crinums, arrowhead-leaf alocasia, and spiky agaves and sotols. Edible herbs, chiles, and even leafy vegetables are stuffed in as well.

Cobalt utensils promoting succulents and agaves race a blue colour scheme through the garden.

Tropical-looking( but intrepid) alocasia and native chile pequin make a moderately combo.

A starburst of pencil-thin agave buds. Peter will have to remind me of the name.

Bushy palms or palmettos look wonderful silhouetted against the shining sky. They also cure hide power cable and neighboring houses.

Lantana blazing in the pleasant seat along the back fence

Colorful chard is pretty to grow even if you don’t eat it.


The powder-blue leaves of Wheeler’s sotol stand out in front of monarch-attracting frostweed.

Bees experience the frostweed too.

Working it

A whale’s tongue agave in a blue cup elicits the eye in all the regions of the garden.

Peter has turned his suburban backyard into a botanical joyride!

My thanks, Peter, for a happy plot visit and for the yummy birthday pasties as well!

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