Next to my Lantana “Dallas Red”, I’ve also got a few other varieties blooming in my yard:
When Kevin, the girls and I were on vacation, we were really frustrated with the cell phone signal. After less then two years, we switched back to our old phone provider today. With the new contract, Kevin and I got us the Samsung Galaxy S9 phones. Katelynn got an LG. And Sara is just happy, she can play the games on the old phones for right now.
This evening after we set up the new phones, I played with the camera in the garden a little bit. I’m impressed, how clear these photos came out. Of course, I still will use my Nikon cameras. But I don’t need to drag my bigger camera to every single event anymore. Because the phone camera shoots crispy clear photos as well. Now, I just need to get used to the rest of the phone knick-knacks again. First thing I did: I changed the ringtone to my old one on the new phone, which is Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”. 😉
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. 😀
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.
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. 🧚♀️
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 71ºF. 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 jalapeño plants have more blooms, and my tomato plants are producing more ‘maters. That makes me feel good. After the rain, I captured photos of rain droplets in the garden and yard. 🙂
Five weeks ago, I planted a couple of bee balm plants in our Hummingbird/Butterfly Garden. And this morning, we’ve got rewarded with a beautiful blossom. On the other plant, I saw a few more buds, which should begin to bloom soon. This is so exciting. After trying to grow bee balm for a few years, we have success this year.