Spring has sprung

It’s hard to ignore the fact that it is and will be raining all day.  It seems unfair to someone who lives for being outside.  Last week, determined to get my 20 miles in on the bike, I completed my goal in the rain and suffered a flat that had to be fixed away from home. That was the first time using CO2 cartridges.   Not chancing that again today, I am determined to do a little rain gardening.  The weeds have been really bad and the one cold snap that wiped everything out has created a ridiculous amount of trimming.  Over the last month and 1/2 I have been chipping away at a mountain of a project.  There is definitely an improvement and it may not be perfect.  It will look better with mulch.

Below the foxtail fern was cut back all of the way and is starting to come back.

The bougainvilla along the fence below looks like deer antlers,  They had to be cut all of the way to the ground. From the picture it doesn’t look like there is much work.  However, it took multiple trash cans full of branches and I’m still not done!  They are piled behind the garage.  The firecracker bush pictured below left is completely brown.  It was cut all of the way down and it is growing back pictured right (looks like a weed, but it’s not!)

This is the first year I’ve had to cut the Oleander back to the ground as well as the Esperanza.  By spring we usually have some flowers, it’s going to be a while.  The bottle brush normally are in full bloom, but the freeze this year really harmed the plant.  I’m not really sure if it will once again be healthy looking.  Sometimes hardy plants, like the oleander suffer from the severe heat and then a freeze and never return back to full health. They look half dead half healthy, not pretty!  I spent hours one year pulling them out and then replanting new ones.  The flowers are so pretty.

So what is blooming?  I planted some begonias (pictured below with a snail friend)  They do well in the spring and early summer then look like asparagus in late summer with the Texas heat!  The trees that lost their leaves are leafing out.  And we are in the middle of the annual pine pollen dumping.

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Bluebonnets the Texas wildflower are in bloom as well.  They are so pretty on the side of the highways in between cities.  I am looking forward to the shades of brown turning into green with splashes of color.  And for the rain to take a break!

bottlebrush

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Spring has sprung

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