I will only know tomorrow morning whether I am to see the first bloom of this Texas Mountain Laurel, Sophoraa secundiflora, lovingly grown from seed. Actually all I did was put the seeds in the ground and left it to its own devices.
Now it is a 6' tree and was to bloom for the first time this year. It will now depend upon how cold it gets tonight. Judging by how cold it is out there right now I think it is a pretty good bet that the feeze they are promising for the Hill Country will happen.
The tree is growing in the native areas outside the walls with only the cedar beside it to protect it.
Close by, the Texas agarita, Mahonia trifoliata, also is in full bud.
And buds on the Lady Banks rose. Only tomorrow will tell.
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