Thursday, February 28, 2013


I can hardly believe it is still February when I look outside. While much of the country, and even the panhandle of Texas, is buried in snow, we are rushing headlong into spring.

Iris and snapdragons are blooming.

The Carolina jessamine, Gelsemium sempervirens,  is in full flower and beneath it the gopher plant, Euphorbia rigida.

Even the chocolate daisy, Berlandiera lyrata,  is blooming. This one, growing in between pavers in the sunken garden clearly likes the spot. It has been there for more than 6 years.

When we took down a cedar tree outside the walls of the English garden, to bring in more sun, I suggested to D that we might cut off the trunk and put the English bird house on the top. This week the wrens were busy making a nest in there. One of many I am sure.

But the nights are still cool with a threat of frost so I still worry about all the trees and plants that are leafing out. Blankets are at the ready for the most tender of my plants.


  1. Jenny, I am so jealous of your Berlandiera lyrata -- it is a beauty! I can almost smell it now... no, sorry, that was the chocolate muffin I just had for breakfast. :)

    1. I know you wanted seeds but they don't seem to produce any. However, I will look for a 4" at the nursery.

  2. Beautiful as always! So many plants blooming makes me think it's time to move stuff around. The frost warning keeps me in check too. All the tender succulents are on the porch for a while longer.

  3. How lucky you are to have the wrens moving in! They sing such beautiful songs.

  4. Happy little wrens. If you're in need of dividing the iris at some point in the future, I'd love a piece :)

  5. Nice, and keep enjoying it. I am, though any of the same is possibly as much as 2 months off here...the great thing about blogs is the preview!

  6. Look at those Iris...just wonderful!

  7. Beautiful! And very spring-like, gives me hope that we'll see that too, soon.

  8. I love the combination of iris and rocks!

  9. Spring started here, but is now hold. There will be no day above 50 for the next week, and there is even a chance of snow. A dusting of white will enhance the camellia and narcissus blooms, at least that is what I am telling myself.