It seems that Spring is already here. The weather has been unusually warm and everything is turning green. Bright, beautiful, vibrant shades of green. The plants that I have wintered over in the potting shed were in dire need of re-potting or at least needed some soil amendments.
I call this my green corner. The large plant in the corner is a citronella scented geranium. The tall thin plant in front of it is a lemon scented geranium and the two pots on either side contain gerbera daisies from last season that I re-potted this year. They are usually pretty reliable bloomers. One is red and one is pink.
My green corner
I also bought Portulaca and purslane plants for my strawberry pot. It has become a tradition to have these bright and cheerful flowers in this particular planter, close to the entrance of our house. I also have some of the purslane in a cat planter kept on the landing of the stairs.
Portulaca and purslane in a strawberry pot.
This is a nice video that I found on Youtube explaining the difference between Portulaca and purslane:
One problem I had in the potting shed was mice. Apparently they enjoyed eating some of my plants. This poor succulent was a winter snack until I moved it to another location. (still trying to get rid of the mice)
Anyway, it had started blooming for the first time and I guess the blooms were tasty because they would disappear just before the buds opened. You can see in this photo where some of the buds have been bitten off and bites from the leaves.
Succulent (mouse dinner)
Once I moved the plant, it kept blooming and they are beautiful.
I have also started my vegetable and herb gardens, but that is for another post.
One of the first flowers of spring in my little part of the Texas Hill Country. This is just one of many blooming now. Some are purple, some are white and some lean a bit to a blue-ish color or this lovely blend of purple and white. I love the bright yellow and green in the center.
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I suppose that I should be used to having spring like weather in February. It is central Texas. We have had very little cold weather this fall and winter. I always worry that the trees will start budding out and the daylilies will emerge, then a freeze will swoop in for the kill. I’m a worrier. Until then, I will enjoy the spring like weather and the spots of color against the mostly gray and brown that make up most of the landscape.
This little flower has been blooming in the center of our backyard for over a month.It is like having a little spot of sunshine.
We have dill plants everywhere. I had one in a pot last summer and when it went to seed, I scattered them around for the butterflies to enjoy the plants next spring. The weather has been so mild they came up about a month ago. Below, one of my kitties is helping protect the dill against a butterfly attack. 😉
Preparing to fend off a butterfly.
Emerging daylilies. These are approximately 1/2 to one inch tall plants.
The same daylilies three days later. now 2-4 inches tall.
The redbuds are starting to bloom too.
The rain this winter has made everything happy this spring. All around us the trees are green, the flowers are bright and colorful and we are seeing more birds visiting the feeders than last year.
Lithospermum incisum, known as Fringed Puccoon.
Erodium texanum, also known as Texas Filaree, Texas Stork’s Bill, or Heronbill (Front)
purple prairie verbena (Glandularia bipinnatifida) (back left)
Wild Honeysuckle (Growing high up in an Oak tree)
Prunus serotina (Black Cherry)
I had not noticed this tree until we did some clearing this past summer. After reading about it, I am glad we left it.
The nights are still cool but the days are getting warmer. Flowers are starting to bloom in earnest and with the wonderful rain we have had in recent months, the Redbud trees are looking especially cheerful this year. Below are some photos from walks around the area this week.
The first of many bluebonnets in our yard.
I am in love with the Redbud trees. If they were fragrant they would be perfect.
Seed pod left over from last summer. Not sure what the plant is.
One trail we found had this old Toyota truck tucked away in a clearing. It looks like it has been there a while.
We had a few days recently of sleet and ice blanketing everything , then several more days of above freezing temperatures and more rain. The ground is still a bit muddy but we are seeing signs of spring as green is appearing in the landscape and little spots of color pop up here and there. If the occasional rain and warmer weather continues, I imagine we will have a wonderful wildflower display next month.
I have also been seeing birds in our yard that I have not encountered before.
These are Cedar Waxwings.