Spring “Cleaning”

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!

Bottle Brush
Bottle Brush
Oleanders in the back
Oleanders in the back
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Hello Spring!

Yesterday the temperature was 86 degrees here.  YES!  86 degrees!  Spring has sprung as the plants and trees are starting to bloom.

Lantana starting to come out
Lantana starting to come out
Jujujube budding
Jujujube budding
Indian Paint Brush
Indian Paint Brush
Trees budding
Trees budding
Some kind of purple flower weed - still pretty
Some kind of purple flower weed – still pretty

 

Moss Rose starting to come up
Moss Rose starting to come up
Purple Bells???
Purple Bells???

NOT Sleeping with the Enemy

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!

The enemy!
The enemy!

 

 

Happy Spring!

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!

3-10-14 no more Junipers
3-10-14 no more Junipers
Nandina about to get transplanted
Nandina about to get transplanted

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Ready, set, Spring!
Ready, set, Spring!
Carolina Jasmine
Carolina Jasmine
Purple Petunias
Purple Petunias
Lantana
Lantana
Dianthus and Diamond Frost (white flowers)
Dianthus and Diamond Frost (white flowers)
I put these in front of the Nandina
I put these in front of the Nandina

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Dianthus and Purple Petunias
Dianthus and Purple Petunias
Roscoe and his catch of the day
Roscoe and his catch of the day

Frozen – The Sequel

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!

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On barbed wire
On barbed wire

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Ice on Oleanders and down to the ground heavy with ice
Ice on Oleanders and down to the ground 

 

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Ice on chicken wire
Ice on chicken wire

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Frozen rain gauge
Frozen rain gauge

 

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Plum trees
Plum trees
Frozen in bloom
Frozen in bloom

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Apple tree
Apple tree

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Frozen

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!

When I got up yesterday, the temp
When I got up yesterday, the temp
Oleanders in the front
Oleanders in the front
Ice on Crepe Myrtle
Ice on Crepe Myrtle

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Oleanders in back
Oleanders in back
Tree on end of porch
Oleanders in front
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Tree on end of back porch