2018

The Last Days of Autumn 2018

This morning, the day started out frosty. But it became a very nice, sunny afternoon. Usually, Autumn stays around all the way into mid to late December, here in North Texas. But recent high winds blew most of the colorful leaves off the trees, early on. Only a few trees are left with some Autumn foliage. One is the neighbor’s Sweet Gum tree, I photographed last months. The crape myrtles opened their pods to release their seeds. And the Chinese Tallow has beautiful white berries, which usually attract many birds; however mainly the neighborhood doves seem to go crazy for them.

Marlena, the Mockingbird, looks for berries and seeds in our yard. By 3:20 pm, she sits on the Christmas deer antlers and waits for Sara to come home from school. Once Sara greets her and walks into the house, Marlena goes back to her insect hunting in our yard.

2018, In The Garden

The Crape Myrtle & The Vitex

Earlier this year, my “Ebony & Ivory” Crape Myrtle looked sad. 😦 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. πŸ˜€

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.