Seesawing temperatures has confused us all. Each day is a surprise. There is always a possibility of a freeze as late as the middle of April hanging over our heads. Several years ago on Easter, snow covered the blooming Bluebonnets.
I’ve been working to get plants cut back or pruned and debris picked up. This is the first time this Canyon Creek Abelia (Abelia x ‘Canyon Creek’) has been visible since this time last year. The Guara grew up in front of it and had grown up under it. So we dug that up and moved it.
The whole tree is abuzz with bees. The black berries attract birds, but some fall to the ground. In some places people complain that too many sprouts grow from them. Not a problem here with the hard packed ground.
It’s a relatively fast grower. This one is 12 years old and has been worry free and is evergreen. Hooray.
The Chinkapin Oak (Quercus meuhlenbergii) is a Texas SuperStar tree with leaves that are more elongated than most oaks. It is in the white oak family, which means it is less susceptible to oak wilt disease.
The Gray Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea incana) is sporting its first flowers. Trimming it back can be done after some other things are done. Also, needs weeding. This Texas native’s bright orange cupped flowers stand out against its silvery gray foliage. Very hardy.
Busy time in the yard. Pruning is just about finished. Weeding is an ongoing task. But lovely flowers are reward enough.
“Being defeated is often only a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” Marilyn Vos Savant