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.

Theona Checkerspot Butterfly (Chlosyne theona)

Theona Checkerspot (Chlosyne theona) on Asclepias Tuberosa Milkweed

Rainy October Day

The last few days, we’ve got quite a bit of rain in North Texas. Our garden and the yard is soaking wet. And the next days, we expect much cooler weather. We finally go from Summer into Autumn. If it gets cool enough, we might have a fire going in the fireplace. In the meantime, I use the opportunity to photograph some rain droplets on our porch.

After The Rain

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.

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.

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.

Fairies & Kobolds

I always remember the day, we’ve got our first fairy house and put it in the frontyard. Sara and her friends had a blast with all the tales, I was telling them about the garden fairy tales.