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.

Last Offspring of The Season

Every August, our yard is the nursery of the last offspring for the season. The young birds become more independent from their parents and explore our backyard. Here and there, we hear a little “Chirp” from the juvenile birds. Soon after, a parent arrives with a juicy worm or insect and shoves it down the young bird’s throat. In a few more weeks the youngster will be independent enough to find its own food. But in the meantime, we enjoy them being around the patio and the woodpile. It’s also the time we have to make sure, Joshua and Chewbacca will stay in the house. The cats can watch the birds from behind the patio door. We call it jokingly “Cat Food Network”. πŸ˜‰

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Juvenile House Sparrow on our wood pile: It still has a lot of feathers to grow in. But it is independent enough to fly around in our backyard.

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Juvenile Blue Jay: it looks so cute with its little “bonnet”/crest.

Beautiful August Flower Garden

In August 2015, I had a beautiful Summer flower garden. It looked very inviting for our backyard wildlife. Next to butterflies, grasshoppers and bees, we also hosted a den for Eastern Cottontail bunnies. And a hummingbird family came over to visit our yard on a daily basis as well. Plant an environment for wildlife, and they will come! Here are some bloom photos of that wonderful Summer: