The Tiger Lily & The “Autumn Beauty”

I’m not physically feeling well, today. But I couldn’t stay in bed and in the house all day either. So I walked around my raised beds to see what’s growing and in bloom. Sitting in the house is uncomfortable and depressing. Even when I couldn’t stay outside for long, at least the fresh blooming Tiger Lily and the “Autumn Beauty” Sunflower put a smile in my face. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Crape Myrtle & The Vitex

Earlier this year, my “Ebony & Ivory” Crape Myrtle looked sad. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ There were some dry twigs, they had to be removed. After I got rid of them and mulched around the bottom, the little tree/shrub seemed to be much healthier, again. Today, we’ve got rewarded with it’s first bloom of this season. It’s so wonderful to see, it came back. ๐Ÿ˜€

Last year, I relocated my Vitex tree. (Some people might know it as “Chaste” or as “Texas Lilac”.) A few weeks later, it came back as well. This Spring, I was a little bit concerned. Because it took much longer to bloom, this year. Today, I’ve noticed the first blossoms on the Vitex as well. I guess due to the cooler Winter and the fast warm up in Spring, the tree might have been shocked for a moment. It grew leaves. But the bloom just took longer.

The Hummingbird/Butterfly Garden In June

Six weeks after I worked on Part II of the Hummingbird/Butterfly Garden, everything flourishes. All my sages were, are and will be in bloom. The bee balm looks like fireworks, and the gaura became a small bush. Our garden fairies are very impressed, what I made out of their home so far. Now it’s so warm, they even leave the door open.ย ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ

Texas Garden Sunset II

After the hail storm we had coming through the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex last night, it is nice to see this beautiful sunset this evening. We were lucky, the hail was small compared to what came down in a couple of cities south of us. They had baseball-sized ice rocks coming down from the sky. Not even to mention, the damage this hail was producing. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I checked both gardens. Our home garden looked like nothing even happened. The trees probably took the hit for it. In the Community Garden some of the taller plants hung down a little bit. They will recover from the storm. On a good note, the last few nights, we had thunderstorms rolling through. We needed the precious rain water.

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This year’s garden in the beautiful Texas sunset

Refreshing June Rain

The last several weeks, it was very warm in North Texas. We had temperatures mostly in the mid to upper 90s. The forecast for the upcoming days don’t look any different either. But we’ve got a break, today. This morning we had a thunderstorm with much needed rain. And that storm cooled down the temps quite a bit. While I’m writing this blog, it’s only 71ยบF. By the afternoon, we supposed to reach only mid 80s. Oh yes, I enjoy every little bit of it. Earlier in the morning, I planted more peppers in my home raised bed. Digging in the wet soil felt so good, again. A cottontail rabbit watched every move I made in the garden; in hope, I might give it some cabbage leaves for it to nipple in the yard. I’ve also noticed, that my jalapeรฑo plants have more blooms, and my tomato plants are producing more ‘maters. That makes me feel good.ย After the rain, I captured photos of rain droplets in the garden and yard. ๐Ÿ™‚

An Extra Gift From The Nursery

This morning, I purchased some flowers, peppers and parsley from the nursery. Since I always run out of fresh parsley, I had to get another plant while I’m waiting for the seeds to grow. When I looked at the parsley plant, I’ve noticed I had a Black Swallowtail caterpillar munching on a leaf. I don’t mind taking the caterpillar home with me. Now, my parsley will go for the wildlife, again. This evening, I’ll look for a wasting basket to transfer the Black Swallowtail caterpillar over to my dill plant. I don’t want Mr. Cardinal knocking on the door for this particular kind of food. There are still plenty of other goodies for the Cardinal Family in my garden. I have to cover the plant up to protect the Black Swallowtail, until it turns into a chrysalis. Then I can bring it into my greenhouse to become a beautiful butterfly. Once it is ready for the outdoors, the girls and I will name it and release it into the wild.