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.

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UPDATE on February 16, 2019: This morning, when I refilled the bird feeder, I’ve noticed the hyacinths are in full bloom. Here are a couple of photos I want to share with you. Aren’t they pretty?

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

Painted Lady Butterfly In November

In Texas, we always have blooms all year around. On the warmer days of late Autumn, the butterflies appreciate the flowers and visit the gardens for nectar. This Painted Lady I’ve photographed a couple of years ago. It was a nice afternoon in November.

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

After The Rain (1)

Every time it rains in Texas, it feels so good. Later in the week we suppose to get cooler temperatures. Therefore it will be much easier being outside and begin to garden, again. And I won’t have to deal with these pesky mosquitoes anymore. They suck the life out of me. The cooler weather will be great to clean up the gardens and start with the Winter vegetables. In the meantime, I enjoy to capture photos of what is left in my raised beds.

2018, In The Garden

The Colony Community Garden In Early October 2018

After over three months, I finally came back to the Community Garden. Christi took good care of the garden, while I was out due to sickness. But she had a lot of work to keep up with the six beds. After my tomato plants quit producing (we had a good harvest this Summer) and the tomatillos were a bust, she pulled them all out. Now, the pepper plants and the basil can breath, after all the weeds under the tomatoes are gone as well.

This afternoon I was in the garden, pulled some weeds and noticed a big fire ant hill in my front raised bed. Oh boy! I have to get rid of these ants first, before I can plug the weeds out in that area. Kevin, Sara and I went back over this evening. While Kevin was treating the ant hill, Sara and I looked at the plants and captured some photos in the garden.

🍁🍂🍃 Happy Autumn Gardening! 🍃🍂🍁

2018, In The Garden

Blooming Clematis

Last year in Spring, I planted a root of a clematis in my garden. I’ve had a small plant growing that year. But when the Texas Summer arrived, it was gone. First I thought, the heat “killed” it. And I said to myself: “Oh well, I gave it a try. Maybe the roots will come back later.” Sure enough, the plant came back this Spring. It grew into a vine. But no blooms all Spring and Summer. This morning, when I checked on my plants in the garden, I saw something blooming behind the greenhouse. I walked over there to get a better glimpse. Oh my, I have five clematis blossoms on the vine. All this waiting finally paid off. I guess, all the rain and the cooler temperature in the last few days helped a lot, too.

2018

Our Hummingbirds In September (2013)

Our little hummies come frequently for a visit in September. That when usually our garden is in full bloom. The hummingbirds tank up and get ready for their migration crossing the Gulf of Mexico to get to the more tropical Central America, where they will stay for the Winter. And I have to cook more hummingbird food to fill the feeders up frequently.