Jasmine!

We have a fence along the south side of our lot that has several flowering vines covering it. Some Carolina Jessamine. Some orange trumpet vine. And some jasmine. The winds have turned back out of the south again, where they should be. So our backyard is engulfed in the entrancing fragrance of jasmine. I love spring!

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Scenes from out back.

Whew, what a long week!   After work I walked around our yard out back to see what I could see.   My plumbago is thriving with little to no water, as usual.

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The hardest working retiree has been busy this week.   He spent an entire day cleaning the house (thanks sweetie!) and today he spent all day tilling and planting his garden out in the way back.   Tomatoes, basil, chives, parsley, dill… and zinnies!  Can’t wait.

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Then I surveyed the trees out back.  One day there’s no leaves.  The next day they are covered in green.

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At the base of this red oak I saw something I’ve never seen.  Neon green golf ball sized balls growing on the branches.  Very odd.  Google tells me they are a sign of oak apple gall.   Home to the apple gall wasp larvae till it hatches.  Learn something new every day!

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Enjoy your weekend!

Fall florae.

Purple dainties.

We worked in the yard today.  The rain yesterday is long gone and strong winds dried the grass enough to mow.  The temps were lovely all day, in the 70’s.  A rare treat for yardwork.

Soon enough all the color will disappear for the winter months.  For now, though, Mother Nature still has a little left.

The rains have brought out bunches of these little purple flowers.  They seem to be flowers that are part of the clover, but I’m not sure what they are.

The lantana bushes will be going to seed in the next month or so, when the weather turns colder.  For now the bushes are going strong and still putting out lots of color.

Good ole lantana.

In the wooded area in the back the yaupon holly boughs are covered in red berries.   A feast for the birds.

Where have all the rain lilies gone?

Field o’lilies.

After the rain the last few days, the lake is up over a foot, and rain lilies have popped throughout the neighborhood.  I was a bit bummed that our yard has zero lilies, but my neighbors on all sides have a yard-full.  Maybe mine are waiting another day or two…

Made it!

Yes, one more.

Yay Friday!  Made it through another week.  Got a very early start.

Monte worked in the shop all day.   After work we picked up Julie and went out for Indian.

I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend.  I hope yours is, as well.

My cousin and Aunt will be visiting tomorrow morning.  After that we’ll be headed to the lake.

Late tomorrow night, Saturday, August 11, and early morning Sunday, August 12,  the Perseids Meteor shower hits its peak.  In Austin the moon won’t rise until about 3AM, so I’m hoping we’ll have a great view and get to see some good burners.   There’s supposed to be 30-50 meteors an hour.  We’ll be watching from our boat, anchored up in a dark cove on the lake.  🙂  If you want to take a peek as well, here’s a link with more info on where and when to look.

The shot above is of yet another zinnia in the garden.   Have a great weekend!

My favorite lantana.

Multi-colored lantana bloom.

Lantana grows here in abundance, without needing anything from humans to help it along.  It is one of the great native flowering plants in Central Texas.

We have yellow, orange, purple and white lantana in different places in our yard.   But my favorite is the multi-colored pink & yellow lantana.  Before we built the shop, there was a beautiful, huge multi-colored lantana growing right in the middle of where the slab was to be poured.   It ended up getting torn out.  I’ve mourned the loss of that lantana ever since.

So, today I was very happy to see a new lantana growing in the backyard that is just starting to pop out with those great multi-colored blooms.

Yay!

So pretty.

After the rain.

Field of blue.

May the blessing of the rain be on you—
the soft sweet rain.
May it fall upon your spirit
so that all the little flowers may spring up,
and shed their sweetness on the air.
May the blessing of the great rains be on you,
may they beat upon your spirit
and wash it fair and clean,
and leave there many a shining pool
where the blue of heaven shines,
and sometimes a star.

— Irish blessing

Flowers make me happy.

Pretty in pink.

For the last couple of weekends we have been tearing into the house – a bit like a top-to-bottom Spring Cleaning (only 6 months late).   I’m topping it off this morning with a getting all the windows cleaned.   Even if it only lasts for a few days, I love how clear the view is.  The morning sunlight seems 10 times brighter now.   I picked up these lovely lillies at the store this morning, to bask in the sunlight.

Monte’s neice, Amy Lee, is in Austin this weekend for an education session that is being held at the Capitol.   She’s staying with us tonight, heading home tomorrow.

It’s nice to get to spend time with her.  Hopefully next visit we’ll be able to catch up with her kiddos.

Apr 30, 2010

Better late than never

The bluebonnets in the way back have all gone to seed.   On my walk back there tonight I saw a couple of newcomers — indian blankets.  There are 4 plants that I can see there, and this is a picture of their first bloom.

I’m very excited to see what pops up next Spring.   As I post this, Monte is out back spreading more wildflower seed that he’s collected.