Sunday, February 10, 2008

They're Baaaaaaaaack!

Oh my. Oh my my. This is the first bluebonnet of Spring. I'm sure it must be one of the first in Central Texas because it is MUCH too early! I can't say that it's mine, though. I noticed it yesterday while walking the stupiddogs in our neighborhood. (That's my new name for my mutts who are causing me unbelieveable grief!

My neighbors have this small clump of blue bonnet leaves -- probably a foot square -- that's been as green and happy as it can be for a month now. Their whole front area by the street is usually a field of bluebonnets in March or April, but this is the first little clump to appear.
And I can't for the life of me get the name of these daisies off my tongue -- are they nerve daisies? Anyone know? I think that's what they are, but we have so many daisy wildflowers that I can't always keep up with them. Wildflowers. On February 10. wow. Not much else to say but that. Enjoy.

Bulbs, bulbs, bulbs...

Call me crazy! I have bulbs coming up, right on schedule, like they're supposed to here in Austin, Texas. BUT, I also still have bulbs sitting in their bags because I was only able to get 1/2 of them in the ground when I was supposed to be planting them. [Here, that's about Thanksgiving time]

So, I'm trying an experiment. If I don't plant them, they won't come up, so I have little to lose other than my time and effort. I put them in the ground this week. Daffodils, irises and allium. This will turn into a beautiful clump of daffodils next Spring -- if I'm lucky! [I focus on the daffodils because the deer have left them alone] The irises and allium are a test. I'm assuming the scent of the allium might protect them -- we'll see.
How hideous is this? Know what it is?

We have a pomegranate tree in the front bed and I simply can't get the fruit to ripen properly, or I'm not picking them properly. They seem to be very under-ripe and then, WHAM -- they explode. This looks like a scary Halloween mask to me!

Mystery Plant Revealed!

I received lots of good guesses about this vine -- but no correct answers. So, drumroll, please! Here it fabulous, young WISTERIA, on the back fence, starting to take on some color and getting ready for beautiful spring blooms.