Howdy! I've been gardening pretty serious on this plot for nearly 15 years, and it's time to take my adolescent garden into the next phase of development...a central Tejas mature edible forest art project and wildlife habitat. Jump in anytime, your comments are invaluable so please leave one.
Zone 8b, Austin~TEXAS, Crestview
Friday, March 20, 2009
Spring has Sprung
We went to Boulder to take the girls snowboarding for Spring Break and I missed the GBBD but caught a few photos of the yard before and after. I've been having the hardest time staying focused this spring...or maybe it's every Spring...due to the wind, or that's my story. Anyway, it rained the day we left and then again today and I'm starting to feel like this is an actual spring and all. There is so much going on in the garden that I just have to share!
About ten years ago I bought a tiny plant in a 2 inch square pot and it was labeled "Desert Flower"...got it at the former Tex Zen Garden on Burnet. I've since found out that the real name is Hymenoxis or Four nerve Daisy. This is what 10 years of ignoring the little flower looks like. If you can't grow anything in a tough (notice it's right on the street) spot...try this beauty. 3 year old "Old Blush" climber on the porch has been blooming non stop.
This photo doesn't do the pinks justice...Indian Hawthorne, Oxalis and Autumn Sage.
The Heartleaf Scull-cap is knee high and spreading like an invasive species...we can't say that though since it's a native...it's just a little aggressive.
Close up of the Cross-vine...I still don't know the difference between Trumpet and Cross?
The little side garden is plumping up...they're all transplants.
The peach across the street has 22 peaches...mine just put out it's first bloom...go figure?
Mexican Sage...one of my favorites!
The Arugula gone to bloom along with Swiss Chard and Mustard greens
I love the onions bursting into bloom! Symmetrical perfection with an asymmetrical strip-tease.
My neighbor Hai's mother propagated these Loquats. It's the third year in the ground...right on time with the fruit! Yum, I can't wait to make jam!
The Cassia was blooming when I put it in the ground and has been blooming ever since.
Cheese and Wine Iris's, still no buds!
Cross-vine gone wild! Each year it seems more spectacular!
Greg's little cousin Shelby and my hen Florance Jean.
My sweet Autumn Sage is so great with little kids! Shelby was very proud to have held onto Florence Jean...not an easy task!
Here's the mystery mold. Two mornings in a row this crumbly day-glo yellow slime showed up on my mulch not far from some mushrooms. I'd love to know what and why this is happening?