2019, In The Garden

The Hyacinths

What a nice surprise on Valentine’s Day: Our hyacinths began to bloom, today. The mild weather is perfect for them to show their little dresses. Last week, I planted and covered the hyacinths up with straw to protect them from the cold spell. And this week, we get rewarded with beautiful flowers.

2019, In The Garden

Our Garden In Mid-February 2019

Finally, I’ve got around to plant some broccoli, lettuce, and spinach in the raised bed. After I fertilized the bed really well, the plants went into the soil. Kevin can not wait to get fresh lettuce from our home garden, on the table in Spring. So, I always have to plant some lettuce. Katelynn and Sara love their broccoli. And I just enjoy some fresh spinach. Since Winter is not over quite yet, and we still can get nights below freezing point, I made sure, the small plants are covered with straw and Fraser Fir branches. My next project is to get the onion slips into the ground. It feels so good gardening, again.

2019, In The Garden

PPP ~ Plant And Be Prepared To Protect

The “Three P-Rule” or PPP does not only count for tomato plants in our garden. They go for all the plants. Some plants are hardier and can withstand freezing temperatures; a lot of plants can’t make it through a cold spell, unless they will be covered to stay warm. Earlier this week, we had 80°F (27°C). I decided to plant my dianthus, hyacinths, violas, and my pea plants in the raised beds. But I made sure, when I plant that early, I have a plan and be prepared to protect them. From previous Halloween decorations, we have straw bales in the greenhouse. And I kept our Fraser Fir after Christmas, because I knew it would come into use one way or another. Tonight, we suppose to get only 25°F (-4°C). This afternoon, I covered my plants with the straw to keep the plants cozy warm. And the Fraser twigs are for keeping the straw in place from this crazy wind. It’s not pretty. But if I was a critter or a bird, I would call it home for the night.

2019, In The Garden

Our Garden In Early February 2019

This afternoon, we’ve reached temperatures up to 80°F (27°C). It was perfect weather for doing some garden work, getting the raised beds cleaned up and planting my peas and early Spring flowers. While I pulled out weeds, I also found  a carrot that over-wintered in one of the raised beds. I might add it to a stew, later this week. Three Mourning Doves set on the trellis I put up for the peas, in the garden. They inspected my work, fertilized it, and enjoyed the view of the garden from the trellis, before Luis, our dog, chased them away.

2018, In The Garden

Our Garden In Early December 2018

This Summer/Autumn season I didn’t do much in our home garden, due to health issues earlier in the year. Therefore, I don’t have very little for harvest. Our green onions and rainbow chard did well throughout the year. Other than that, we only have a few herbs left. It is still better, than nothing at all. I will take a break from gardening, until January; it will be time for seedlings to start for the Spring/Summer season. In the meantime, we’ll enjoy our fresh herbs until it gets too cold for them as well. 😉

2018, In The Garden

Time To Prepare The Garden For Winter

The last few nights did quite a number on the plants in the garden. It got below the freezing point. And everything, which wasn’t hardy, died. But this is a perfect opportunity to clean up the beds and plant for the Texas Winter. It’s cabbage and root vegetable season. In the greenhouse, I’ve got plenty of hay to cover up the beds, so the roots can stay nice and cozy. The next couple of days, the temperature suppose to be in the upper 60s, which is perfect weather to get the garden ready and going for the Winter Season.

2018, In The Garden

November Native Blooms In Our Frontyard

Even with last night’s cold snap, the plants are holding up pretty well. I covered up my Meyer Lemon tree, just in case it gets too cool for it. Our native plant are doing fine and dandy.

2018, In The Garden

Theona Checkerspot Butterfly (Chlosyne theona)

Theona Checkerspot (Chlosyne theona) on Asclepias Tuberosa Milkweed

2018, In The Garden

Beautiful Sunday Afternoon In October

After all these rainy days, it was wonderful to have a sunny weekend. This Sunday afternoon, I just sat outside and enjoyed the sun. It’s also the season, the Monarchs migrates south, while other wildlife stays here and takes in the last days of the warmer weather. I watched the little bees and a Canna Leafroller collecting nectar from my flowers in the frontyard. Everyone prepares for the cooler season ahead. But when it is warm, we all come out and get as much of the warm rays of the sun as we can.

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Larger Canna Leafroller gets some nectar from our roses in the frontyard on this nice, sunny Sunday afternoon.