I feel like this should be multiple posts. So much has changed. But what the heck.
First off, I got a new phone. A Nexus 5. And the pictures are so much better than anything I’ve taken before. Here are some blooms for today.
I think now you can blame the photographer for errors. That bloom is from a packet of wildflower seeds I got at the LBJ Ranch.
This bulb came from Stella’s school. It was in a mason jar. And as with most things we neglected it a bit. The plant was huge by the time we got around to planting it, and so we had to smash the mason jar with a brick to get the plant out.
So much of how I live my life is illustrated in that story. It bloomed two days after we planted it.
A couple of weeks ago, Etta and I spent some time together alone and got my planting bench in order. She helped me sort all my empty pots (and the ones left by the previous owners). It was kind of embarrassing how many were back there.
We moved the bench out from its inaccessible location behind a mesquite tree. And voila - my new planting bench!
Yeah, those plants? Pay no attention to those right now. I’m not there yet.
I reclaimed two flower beds. From two giant nandina and a ligustrum. That is still trying to come back. M#$(#$(#$(#!!!!!
But the biggest news is that Austin Energy came by to trim our trees (5 years already?!??). They offered to take out my invasive trees along the back fence. And - well - free tree removal. Right?
Although we had to bid goodbye to the chinese parasol tree. We both loved it. We called it the Dr. Suess tree. But it was also an ecological disaster waiting to happen. If I didn’t remove its leaves promptly from my own yard it would kill everything they covered. I can’t even imagine what they would do unchecked in the easement behind our house.
3 ligustrums and 1 chinese parasol tree gone in 1 fell swoop. Here are the panoramic shots.
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In preparation for this I ended up at Barton Springs nursery and picked up some shorter replacements. Which are now going to get tested against freezing rain or snow it appears…
Please think good warming thoughts for my Sandpaper Tree, Wax Myrtle, Two Kindneywoods and 2 Huisache.