Last Fall I took on a project to save the Bulbines that were in distress. They looked very sad and I wasn’t sure they would rebound.
This Spring I can happily say the rescue was a success!
Every year my front yard usually has a nice display of our beloved state flower the Bluebonnet. I plant seeds and also buy plants to insure a full display. There are usually enough Bluebonnets to get a good photo of family members in front of them. The above photo is from years past. This year was not a good year.
As usual, I planted as I described above only to find all the Bluebonnets eaten. Being optimistic, I ran to the garden center and bought more to plant. Again, all the Bluebonnets were gone along with other plants and camellias. Early one morning I found the culprit, a buck with the biggest rack I have seen in my neighborhood. Apparently, he spent the fall eating all my front landscape. The deer did miss one little corner of my yard and three Bluebonnets have survived. I guess I had to take what I could get this year without the usual dazzling blue display.
Morning chores were made more enjoyable when accompanied by the sweet scent of Jasmine.
I needed to remove yard art from the fence as a new one is going to be installed. The ceramic frogs were filled with ants. The kind that bite.
Ants are incredible creatures, but they build nests in the middle of plants and in grass. They bite leaving big itchy bumps. No bare feet here. The ants crawl really fast and can make it up your leg in a split second. All I can say is, ants in your pants are not fun.
Also on the list of chores, was picking up branches from the recent storms. Nature pruned all the dead limbs and a few live ones.
Meanwhile, the front yard was scented by the neighbor’s Wax Ligustrum in full bloom.
The chores were finished and I took time to take in the first blooms of the Little Gem Magnolia. A bee also took pleasure in the freshly opened flowers. The bee is flying above the top flower and its shadow is cast on the petal of the lower flower. Outside chores are always the best kind!
The Flashback this week is Onion Casserole. It is a naturally Gluten Free recipe that everyone will enjoy.
If you need to eat GF or are newly diagnosed, please check out the recipes on the Gluten Free part of my blog. All are easy to make with ordinary ingredients that can be found in your local market. I have included a variety of foods to get you started on the diet.
When I looked out of the window this morning, all I saw was blue. The usual Blue Jays were feeding and a beautiful visitor (left side of photo) stopped by for breakfast. This first photo was taken quickly through a window, so it is not very sharp.
The visitor is a male Indigo Bunting. He probably has flown up from Mexico or Central America on his way to his breeding grounds. The Indigo Bunting is not really blue at all. The Buntings and Blue Jays are actually black and refracted sunlight makes them appear blue.
To continue with the blue theme, I snapped a couple of blue flowers. This was one of my winter selections that waited until spring to bloom. I think the plant is some kind of Delphinium.
Diana’s Delight Clematis is having a very good year with the most blooms I’ve seen on it. Yes, it was advertised as “blue” although I’m not totally sure, but today I’m calling it blue.
The Clematis took a bad spill when a raccoon tried to get the hummingbird feeder down. It turned out to be a lucky accident as the Clematis is very happy in its new pot and soil.
The Gulf Coast Penstemon (Penstemon tenuis) was especially prolific this year. The photo does not reflect how good the plant actually looks.
A closer view shows all the tiny bell shaped flowers. They bloom in early spring and reseed easily. Then the spikes can be cut back and a rosette of leaves stay green all winter.
The white insides are striped with purple lines.
Best of all, the bees are enjoying the Penstemon’s nectar.
Frick and Frack decided to stay in the chiminea. I was very excited to see three eggs in the nest. The photo is not very good as I was trying to get the iphone to focus in the deep nest. Carolina Wrens typically build nests 3 to 6 feet off the ground in a tree hole, but when they are around humans, they will be creative and build in whatever they find.
Unfortunately, the nest is on the porch where we like to eat our meals. Frick and Frack were very unhappy with us last night and had quite a conference with each other on what they should do. We ended up eating quickly so the Wrens could return to their nest.