2018, In The Garden

First Year-Asparagus

Last month, I put some asparagus roots in a crate full of soil. I did this a few years back, and I had some great asparagus in the second and third year. Asparagus grows very thin in the first year. It’s edible, but I usually let it grow into fern. My tomatoes love them as companions. And so do the peppers and the basil. But I have to keep the asparagus in a crate, because it is very invasive. If I had enough room, I wouldn’t mind growing asparagus in a raised bed. But it will take over, if not watched carefully. Hmmm, I can see fresh asparagus recipes in the future. 😉

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First Year-Asparagus is very thin. It will be much thicker the following years.
2018

Luis Loves Spring

Luis couldn’t wait to go back outside and enjoy the warm weather, yesterday afternoon. After all this rain, he was tired to sit in the house watching Mrs. Rabbit nibble on grass blades all by herself in the backyard. Luis rolled in the grass and put his face towards the warm rays of the Sun. Oh, he is soooo ready for Spring.

2018

The Mourning Doves Wait For Spring

We always have about half a dozen of Mourning Doves sitting in our Bradford Pear trees. They usually get accompanied with a couple of White-winged Doves. Mainly they sit there and wait until Lexi and Luis are done with their business and go back inside, so the doves can go back to the feeder. But the doves also enjoy snoozing in our trees, while they wait for Spring to arrive. It can take only a few days, until our Bradford Pear trees will break out in blooms. And this is usually a sign for the Mourning Doves that the mating season has begun. The trees will blossom and then the leaves come in shortly after the petals dropped to the grounds. The birds will have a sturdy hiding spot for building their nests in the tree crowns. Until then, they eat themselves fat and round at my bird feeders.

2018

The Rough Earth Snake

Sara played out side for a little bit. All of a sudden she came in and said: “There is a snake outside!” “Is it big or small”, I asked. “It’s small. You know, one of those snakes Katelynn plays with all the time.” So, we all walked outside to check it out. And sure enough, it was a little Rough Earth Snake. After I took photos of the snake, we put it closer to the shrubs. We didn’t want the birds to get wind of it. But we made sure, it was at a spot were it could warm its body in the sun. It’s a nice beneficial lady, that has to stick around and eat pesky bugs in our garden.

2018

Helios & Luna

YES! The rain has stopped and the Sun came out, this afternoon. Oh, these warming rays felt so good on my skin. I couldn’t get enough of this beautiful weather. Katelynn and Sara came out to play in the yard. Several times I had to tell them not getting too wet, due to the saturated ground and cool weather. But they were too busy rescuing worms from the stream and counting snails on the front porch.

This evening, Kevin and I sat with a beer in the garage. We watched the sunset, before we had dinner. It was beautiful, but it was not as fiery as I was hoping tonight. And it was nice to see the Moon, again. We haven’t seen Luna since it was in its New Moon phase.

2018, In The Garden

More Seeds For This Gardening Season

Last Sunday, I ordered more seeds from Botanical Interests. Since they have free shipping on all their orders throughout the months of February, I had to use this opportunity to also get some seeds I usually can’t get in my local nursery. Today, the package arrived. When I opened it, I could tell it was put together with Love. The order was complete. And it had some extras: a Mesclun salad seed package, a seed guide, and a sticker. Now, I’m excited and can barely wait until the weather becomes warmer and I can work in the garden again.

2018, In The Garden

The First Narcissus of 2018

Despite the cool rainy weather, it stayed above freezing inside the greenhouse. The Narcissus doesn’t seem to mind the cooler temperatures and slowly opened its blossom, yesterday.  When the ground dries I have to lie down some mulch and stones. It will prevent, that I have to walk through puddles and mud in the future. But this morning, I managed to capture some photos of the Narcissus without getting my feet wet, when I walked over to the greenhouse.

2018

“Kevin, Get The Boat! …”

When it rains, it literally pours in Texas. It’s all or nothing. We either are in a drought or we have flash floods. It’s either hot or cold. Nothing can be in the middle. Right now, I could use a boat to get to my greenhouse. I have a small lake in the backyard. And I probably need to find a sturdy board I can cross to check on my plants. Moments like that, I always joke with my husband: “Kevin, get the boat! We’ll go craw daddy fishing in the backyard! Get some lily pads, frogs, and a ‘gator as well!” What’s a better watch dog than an alligator? It sure will keep those pesky solicitors at bay. … Until the game warden shows up with the Gator Boys. 😉

There is still a lot of rain in the forecast. And the surrounding lakes are filling up quick. I keep an eye out with the data about our local lake. It has gained over two feet of water, since yesterday evening. And it’s over one foot above pool level. Another nine feet, and it would go over the spillway. But we are not there, yet.

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If it keeps raining like the last couple of days, I can put this guy and his siblings in our backyard.
2018

Another Rainy Day

Brrrr! It got really cool yesterday evening. The cold front dropped the temperatures down to the freezing point and the wind was even colder, today. But I went outside to feed my little friends: the birds, the squirrels, and the rabbits. As usual Mr. Blue Jay made the announcement, that food is served. And single every one showed up for lunch. Non of them cared about the rain. They were just happy to get all their little bellies full. ❤

2018

Rainy February Day (1)

Due to the warmer weather I could leave my greenhouse window open the last couple of days/nights. But this afternoon, the rain became more severe and a cold front moved in. The temperatures dropped from 70ºF (21ºC) down to 48ºC (9ºC) within a few hours. And it supposed to get even cooler tonight. In neighboring counties is Winter Weather Advisory until tomorrow evening. In the meantime, the wildlife tries to stay warm. And we don’t know, what happens to the trees, which just budded over the last few days. If Mother Nature is not bi-polar, then I don’t know what is is going on with this crazy ol’ lady.