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.
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.
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 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.
Texas sunsets are not only stunning at the lake. They are also very nice to watch from our backyard at home. I love the glowing sky in the evening. These two sunsets are actually one week apart, when I captured them.
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”. 😉
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:
Several years back, while Kevin took the clothes out of the dryer he said that there is a big butterfly hanging around my Mexican sunflowers. I might want to check it out. When I looked out the patio door, I saw a big Tiger Swallowtail fluttering around my flower bed. Quickly I grabbed my camera and captured a couple of photos. This was the first time, Kevin and I saw an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail in our backyard. What a beautiful sight.