When the weather is as nice as it has been (a very mild winter for us), I get the “itch” to work in the yard getting it ready to look nice. I have been working my patooty off first weeding flower beds. I was in the back trimming one of the Oleanders and decided I had had enough with them and told Greg they needed to go! They have grown so tall and not really putting on many flowers any longer. Plus, they block my view of our pasture when I sit on the back porch. Major project # 1 – done!
After that, I got out in the front flower bed and made another executive decision – the Sago Palm had to go! It had a lot of brown on the palms and besides, this was a female palm and those scary looking eggs were coming out. Greg actually transplanted it so we will see what happens to it. It is in a place where I don’t mind it being. Then I pulled up ALL of whatever kind of grass was in there (I think it is Fiber Optic Grass, which is pretty when it is green, but once it turns brown – ugly!). This stuff grows from runners and is quite easy to pull up, but there was SO much of it.
Back to the flower beds in the back. After planting two Knockout Roses where the Oleanders were (one red and one pink), I removed ALL of the Sandstone and River Rock that I have as a border. I put some some mesh weed cloth to help with the rocks sinking in to the ground (at least in my mind I think it will). I have two pieces of really old picket fence that was at my parent’s house that I use as a backdrop and came up with an idea that I needed to find an old gate to put in the middle of the two pieces of fencing. Well, Greg just happened to have an old gate that worked out perfectly. Got all of this up today and I LOVE it! Still have to put the River Rock on the back part of the bed, but I think this looks AWESOME!
In November, I found out my indoor cat, and only cat had chronic kidney failure. So, with a heavy heart, I had the make the difficult decision to let her go. She was with me almost 17 years, I am not sure how old she actually was. The last few months of her life, she had gotten to where she was a lap cat (to the point of being obnoxious about it). At night, I would go to the bedroom to watch TV and she always came in there and laid on the bed with me; I actually miss that. To my sweet Tabitha, rest in peace.
Happy 2017! Another year come and gone. And for January, our weather is unseasonably warm (and I don’t like it!). Actually, it was a gorgeous day today, the sun was out and the dogs were enjoying it. Nothing better than taking a nap!
At least I hope so! I told myself I was not going to put up as much stuff as I do when we host the family gathering – I lied! I really do enjoy decorating and as long as I am able, I will do so.
I did change up the outside decor at our front gate. Decided not to put up wreaths around our lamp posts, but rather use some old hay and go from there. I am very pleased with the results. Also (and don’t know why I didn’t think of this years ago), used cedar branches and Youpon Holly that have beautiful berries on them this time of year. I “stole” that idea from our new neighbors, but hey, I liked the idea!
I was walking down to the mail box and stopped in my tracks – the Schoolhouse/Oxblood lillies are blooming! I ran back to the house to get my camera. I watered the BedBed the other day so I am sure that helped them to bloom. These are my absolute favorite fall flower and are extremely hard to find. If I do find more I will buy the store out!
I also love the contrast in color in the flower bed at the front gate. The Coral Drift Rose is blooming nicely and so are the Dyanthus that I planted last year. I love the deep red color of the Dyanthus.
Had an idea to decorate in the front yard and it started with two bales of hay and mums. I stacked the bales of hay and then decided to carve out a place to put the mums. That was a LOT harder than I thought it was, but I finally got it accomplished. I put the discarded hay in the wheel barrow and was just about to get rid of it and had another idea. I needed some pumpkins, so my awesome husband and sis-in-law got some for me – they are perfect! Then I wanted a sign so Greg made the sign for me and I hand painted the lettering. The first try I did not like, so I painted over it and started over again. I combined some paint colors and am happy with how it turned out. Then, Greg bought this HUGE mum for me and I replanted it in a pot I had lying around. After I got done painting, I was mixing all the colors together (red, green, yellow and bronze) and liked what I saw, so I painted the flower pot too. I am very pleased with this (and the pups haven’t even tried to eat the pumpkins!).
Spring and Fall are my favorite times of year because of the cooler temps (although we are still in the low 90s here in my part of Texas!), and the beautiful shrubs and flowers in bloom. Gulf or Pink Muhly is one of my favorites, in the summer it is green but, in the Fall and Winter, these gorgeous pink/lavender feather-like plumes come out making this very striking. Also, my Bottle Brush are blooming as well and the rich red color with hints of yellow is stunning!
Hello September! And what a green one. Last month was the 4th wettest August on record according to the weather dude. We got a little over 13″ of rain! So here it is September 2 and I am mowing like it is Spring, but it is so pretty. Went around the property and yard and took some photos.
We have gotten some much needed rain since Saturday – over 4″ at our place. More is predicted and I am not complaining. It has really cooled things off quite a bit as well. Also, these pretty little flowers come up randomly and sparingly around our place. We have seen these for the past several years, but never knew what they were.
We were listening to a landscaping/gardening show on the radio coming home from church on Sunday and it was mentioned these are called Rain Lillies. So I decided to ask an expert – Neil Sperry on his Facebook page and they are indeed a “rain lily”, a species of Habranthus. Me the expert Googler found out they are called Copper Lily. I love these little flowers, they shoot up fast and don’t last too long. I will be mowing around these!
I don’t think these shrubs have ever been trimmed back since we had the bed put in a few years ago. I wish I had taken a before picture, but I got outside and started “getting ‘er done”! It was a job!! The dwarf Youpons were way overgrown, to the point where I discovered some other shrub that had been planted I forgot about! I went to the burn pile twice with the trimmings and now this two-tiered bed looks so much cleaner. I have got to make a point to keep it this way.
This was my reward at the end of the day. Greg bought me a sampler pack of Blue Moon flavors and this was DEE-licious!!