Can’t Win

I used to have two large vegetable gardens.  I did everything I could to keep the animals out and nothing worked.  So, I had the good idea to get a raised planter for lettuce that rabbits and other terrestrial animals couldn’t reach.  Unfortunately,  the squirrels could get to it and dug in the soil to bury nuts.  Next, I covered it with food tents.  The squirrels found that the food tents would make good nesting material and began to strip the fabric.

I put the tent back together, pinned it down and the next day the squirrels took the whole thing.

I reached my wit’s end and looked through the garage for anything to cover the planter.  As you can see, I cobbled together trays, bent hangers and plastic mesh.  Yes, the squirrel did squeeze between the trays and dug some holes, but there is still some lettuce left for me.  It is hard to win against mother nature, especially if the opponents  are her squirrels.


When Things Get Stressful…

go shopping. Nothing lifts the spirits more than a trunk full of plants and an afternoon of digging in the garden.

Bluebonnet Time

Texans’ most beloved flower, the Bluebonnet is now in bloom.  This is one I planted in the garden from last year’s seeds. Bluebonnets fill fields in the Texas countryside and it is traditional to have your photo taken in a patch of them.

A Mountain of Azaleas

My azaleas have been slowly opening and I think they have reached their peak.  I have let them grow out over the years and now they are small mountains of pink.

The landscaper supposedly planted all the same color, but as you can see there are various colorations.

Including this one I can never figure out.  The pink one is on the same branch as the coral ones.

If you enjoy looking at azaleas, visit my most viewed post Azaleas.

Going Against Good Advice

They told me not to plant it.  Yes, experienced gardeners told me. If you have figured out my MO, you know I cannot resist a flowering plant that likes this climate, loves to reproduce and is free.  That of course, is the downside of the Four O’ Clock.  Its sweet scented flowers fill the evening with perfume that is hard to resist, but it also grows a tuber that is as big as a size 7 clog and every flower produces a seed with a high rate of germination.  I have pulled up hundreds of seedlings and finally found the perfect shovel to dig out the tuber that was growing close to my other wanted plants.  My advice is that if you want to grow a Four O’ Clock, put it in a pot over concrete and sweep up the seeds.

Too Soon

We recently visited Bayou Bend gardens and mansion which was owned by Ima Hogg, a philanthropist, patron and collector of the arts.

Ms. Hogg also collected plants. The gardens are filled with azaleas, camellias, magnolias and other spring blooming plants.

Our winter has been so warm that many of the flowers have opened.

The garden’s Azalea Trail is nearly a month away.

None the less, it was an absolutely perfect day on the Bayou.


Reaching for the Sun

Towards the end of summer, I noticed rather large leaves were growing in one of my trees.  It turned out to be a canna reaching for the sun.  The normal cannas grow about 3 to 4 feet tall.  This one popped up in the shade of the tree and headed for the sun stretching to 10 feet.  Nature is so interesting.