After this winter’s blast of freezing rain and cold weather, some of the plants look like they got torched. The Oleanders and Bottle Brush took a beating so I got “hack happy” and whacked off the dead branches and leaves. I may not have much color this year, but at least I won’t be staring at dead leaves either! I left just a few branches on the Oleander just to see if anything will bloom. I would say 98% of the Oleander had dead leaves on them, and all of the Bottle Brush leaves were dead. So, guess just start over and see what happens!
Yesterday the temperature was 86 degrees here. YES! 86 degrees! Spring has sprung as the plants and trees are starting to bloom.
Yellow Jackets scare me to death and whenever I see one, I literally will run from one. I have been stung a few times and their affect on me is pretty potent. My hand or arm will swell up double! I saw this one in the window sill and snuck up and closed the window so it couldn’t fly away in the house. I will sleep easier tonight knowing this sucker is all closed up!
We bought some flowers last week so today, I got them planted – on the
first day eve of of Spring! Last week, I pulled up some Nandina that was being hidden by other shrubs and decided to transplant them where we dug up the Junipers that had died. These will get lots more sunlight. I also dug up some Nandina from our back flower bed too as they weren’t getting a lot of sun. So, they should be happy. Today I planted some purple Petunias (I always get petunias and pansies mixed up on which season they get planted), Diamond Frost (never had those and thought they were pretty in the store), Dianthus, a Carolina Jasmine and yellow/orange Lantana. Now all I have to do is put down the mulch.
While I was walking back to my wheelbarrow, I noticed Roscoe playing with something. I thought it was one of Greg’s charcoal briquettes until I got closer. Somehow he caught a black bird! They have invaded my bird feeder this season causing me to fill up the feeder more than normal. That will be one less bird to eat seed! About a week or so ago, we bought 200 pounds of bird seed (yes, I wrote that right 200 pounds!). We go through a lot of bird seed but I love to watch them as they eat!
I went outside and walked around this morning and took more photos of the ice. It has been a while since I have seen icicles on anything. I love how they look! I liked the way the ground “crunched” when I was walking around. I have a bird feeder right outside my dining room window where I sit with my computer so I can watch them. Some had ice on their tails!
The temps never got above freezing yesterday and then last night, the rain came. Haven’t seen things ice over like this so far this winter. I made a comment the other day that I wanted to cut back the Oleanders by half and now, it may be easier to do so if they don’t straighten back up! Fruit trees are in bloom too so some may not produce. This past Saturday, we were in shorts and flip flops and that changed drastically on Sunday. Another warm up is coming. You never know about the weather in our part of Texas, wait 5 minutes and it will change!