Monday, September 24, 2018


Rain, Glorious Rain.

We've had 3 weeks of intermittent gentle soak-in-the-ground rain and everything looks wonderful.  The bluebonnets are germinating and so are the weeds!  Maybe we'll have a great wildflower spring.

The Naked Ladies, so called because the bloom spikes erupt before their leaves.

Lots of blooms on the pear tree!  Nothing will come of this, so late in the season.

Snow on the Mountain native euphorbia.  I picked up seeds along the roadside in my neighborhood.  love them

Crepe Myrtle Tuscarosa

I bought this livestock feed/water container at Tractor Supply to use as a pond and it is at least 12 inches deep and all filled with the recent rains.

Close up of the euphorbia

Butterfly vine, the dried seed pods look like butterflies.

Heavily blooming prostrate rosemary.

Native ground cover horse herb.  I love it.

Crepe mrytle.  I think this is 'Dynamite'.

Judy Wisdom memorial rose.  A joke name for a passalong rose from my friend Judy Wisdom.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter

Little apples

Little pears

Japanese Maple

Clearing pathways

Hesperloe bloom spikes

Blackberry blooms



Thursday, March 15, 2018

Spring is HERE

Fig tree leaves sprouting

Mountain Laurel blooms.  They smell like grape soda.

Sandankwa viburnum

Julia Child rose

My first iris bloom this year

I am removing a mesquite tree and the primrose jasmine that swallowed it.  The jasmine is a real monster, rooting whenever a branch touches the ground.

Little rainbow rose

Crepuscule rose buds

Apple blossoms

Friday, December 15, 2017

SNOW in Central Texas

The house as seen from the back yard.

Looking toward the orchard.

The shed and kitchen garden seen from the second floor.

What a marvelous surprise last week.  So beautiful.  These photos were taken at dawn.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Tucked Away

Cooler weather is here so time to 'cover up'.

y outdoor seating area (with newly covered cushions.  Hope the squirrels don't chew them up).

Citrus nestled next to the house on the back porch.

Covers on the raaised beds.

One little tomato still hanging on.

I have been fighting the worms on the kale.

Still 2 little goldfish alive after the pond was raided by a raccoon.

One 'Heavenly Blue' morning glory blossom.

Lots of tasks to do.

Time to clean out the Martin house.

Primrose Jasmine is a monster.  It has to go.

Having 3 crepe myrtles removed - too close to the house and real litterbugs.

I made some kumquate marmalade and got distracted.  It overcooked.  so need to try again.  The original batch still tastes good  but it is way too firm and sticky.

My little amaryllis that I started from seed.  Need to plant them out.

My Celeste fig cutting that needs to be potted up.  Doing well.

I am making a slipcover for a cozy chair. This fabric is 'Document' from Calido Corners.

I've started knitting again.  After decades!  This will be a cowl (if it turns out ok)

Started some veggie seedings, beets and turnips.

I want to do some tole painting on a chest of drawers.  this example is one of Bob Timberlake's designs of a blackberry bramble, love it.  Going to give it a try.