Saturday, February 11, 2012

ONLY THE MORNING WILL TELL

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.

9 comments:

  1. Fingers crossed that you won't get the freeze. Those blue buds look amazing already!

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  2. Two really cool plants that I had never heard of before. I really home you are spared the frost and get to see those gorgeous buds unfurl!

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  3. Oooh, that is wonderful to see the first bloom from such a beautiful and slow growing plant. None of mine are budding yet this year so yours is doing quite well. If not tomorrow, it will be soon.

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  4. So, a likely freeze and freezing rain or sleet? Sigh.

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  5. A cold two nights is looking more and more likely. The mountain laurels that held back on budding will be the only ones that bloom this year, I fear.

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  6. Dang, there is never a dull moment, is there!?

    Curious how long it took your Mountain Laurel to grow to that size from seed. Mine was tiny went planted 3 years ago in part shade...just now reaching about 4' tall. No blooms in sight...

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  7. Ah those early bloomer's.... I hope you get to see the flowers this year. Those blue buds are gorgeous.

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  8. And so it is tomorrow. What happened?

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  9. Good news from the southern edges of the front. We had a good freeze with deep ice on the bird baths but-the buds on the Texas Mountain Laurel are still looking good. I think it will to freeze again tonight.

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