Hummingbird/Butterfly Garden (Phase 1/Part II)

Yesterday evening, I worked on Part II of the Hummingbird/Butterfly Garden in the frontyard. But first I went to the nursery and got some Salvia “Hot Lips”, Agastache “Tutti Frutti”, Bee Balm “Peter’s Purple, “Dallas” Lantana, and a “Black Knight” Butterfly Bush. Since the Butterfly bush can get up to 10 feet tall, it will go on one corner of the house. I haven’t decided yet, if I plant it on the southeast or the southwest corner.

I had to hurry up to get the next part done, because it supposed to rain with some thunderstorms coming in our direction today. Kevin got a different mulch this time. And first I wasn’t so happy about it. But now, I kinda like it. When it is settled, I can put some more on top of the other mulch to make it look even. I’m not too concerned. Once the plants are grown, nobody will notice the difference anyway.

Our Garden In Mid-April

The wind can be very challenging to capture some nice photos of the vegetables, today. But I managed to get some photos, so I can show you how our garden is doing so far. The peppers come along very nicely, and so do the cauliflower and other vegetables. It is still early in Spring. It will take several weeks and much warmer weather, before we can harvest a lot of them. In the meantime, I have to start some seeds for cantaloupe, black-eyed peas and cucumbers this months. They love the hot Texas Summer weather.

Our Early April Garden

While the Texas weather plays April Fool’s in the first week of the month, our garden is in good care. Yesterday was cold, today is warm and extremely windy, and tomorrow morning we supposed to get 39ΒΊF (4ΒΊC). The forecast shows no end to this bi-polar weather. This evening, I have to cover the more sensitive plants to protect them from the cool night. The months of April is always challenging. But their is a saying: April Showers Bring May Flowers! We just need to get over this little hump in Spring.

This morning, I checked my vegetables. And I saw some of them peeking their little heads out between the leaves. We have a tiny bell pepper, a couple of jalapeΓ±o, and a teeny tiny head of cauliflower. Last Winter, I lost my cauliflowers due to the freeze. This Spring, I’m babying them. I’m so determined to grow cauliflower. Because my grand parents had no success with it, in their garden in southern Germany. I want to prove to myself, I can do it. πŸ˜‰ When I’m successful, my family will have a good cauliflower meal. ❀

Hummingbird/Butterfly Garden (Phase 1/Part I)

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Last year in May, I started building a sanctuary for hummingbirds and butterflies. It got warmer, and I was rethinking my plan, if I really wanted to build it that bulky in my backyard. Earlier this year, a lady showed me some photos how her husband is building her a butterfly garden in her front yard. I really liked his idea. And that gave me my own idea, how I want to build my hummingbird/butterfly garden in the front yard. I also looked up, what kind of native flowers would be good for our garden.

The front yard gets sun all day. In Summer, we have long stretches of no rainfall. So, the best flowers are natives which can handle the Texas droughts very well. Salvia, Verbena, Mint, Hyssop and Milkweed attract hummingbirds and butterflies. And for the bees it is paradise.

The first part was to put a water fountain in the corner by the entrance. I had the water fountain sitting in my backyard for the last three years. It would make a nice accent in the hummingbird/butterfly garden. And when those little birds and insects are thirsty, they will have a place to quench their thirst. After I cleaned out the corner, I put down the cinder blocks from the back yard. In the front, I put those stones, which make nice circles. And I put a cinder block in the center to have a solid base the fountain, later. Once the stones were in place, I filled everything in with soil.

The following morning, I cleaned up the fountain and sat it on the center cinder block. Kevin installed the pump and got the extension cord plugged in. We filled the fountain with water and turned it on. Ta-ta! The fountain works like a charm. I planted some Blue Mealy Sage, Catnip, Bluebonnet and Pineapple Sage. Sara helped me sowing Morning Glory seeds, before I put the trellis up. But first I filled in the space between the house foundation and the cinder blocks with some mulch. I wanted to leave some space, in case the fountain begins to leak or the soil gets too wet. I don’t want mold on the house wall, due to no air flow. But there is a good layer of mulch to avoid weed growth in that narrow space behind the fountain.

On Sunday, I got mulch around the lowest cinder blocks to cover them up. I planted Scarlet Sage at that level. After I was done mulching, I sat the fairy houses around the fountain. Katelynn and Sara want the fairies to live in our front yard, again. “We definitely need to welcome our garden fairies back”, Sara insisted. Okay, said, done! πŸ˜‰

For the next couple of days will be thunder storms in the forecast. This is a good way to test, how everything will hold up. And what will need improvement. Once it tries up again, I have to pull more grass and weeds to plant more native flowers. It will be a big front yard project. The first step is done. And the rest will follow. πŸ™‚ I’m excited!

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Snapdragon And Sweet William

By reading the headline of this blog, I had to smile for moment. The names remind me a little bit of Medieval times and the myths of knights fighting dragons. πŸ˜‰ It’s another nice Spring day, today. I planted the Snapdragon and Sweet William with some other blooms in my greenhouse last October. They seemed a little bit dormant through the Winter months. And now, they both come back in full bloom. I love all the pink and rosΓ© colors. They warm my heart. ❀

First Bluebonnet of 2018

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Our Bluebonnet finally started to bloom, today.

Since we had a cooler Winter, everything seem to need a little bit more time to “wake up”, this Spring. But I’m so happy to see, that the our Texas State Flower is in bloom of this season. A second one is showing signs of blooming soon as well.