What Is and Is to Come

Last days of winter – maybe.  Warms days followed by cold days creates a confusing message to nature.

The dried blossoms of Sedum Autumn Joy can be sprayed and used in flower arrangements.  Silver paint makes them look classy.

Plus, Sedum Autumn Joy is a wonderful succulent that is reliable.  Green leaves are already popping up.

Bi-color Iris (Dietes bicolor) or African Iris or Fortnight Lily forms a clump with long sword like leaves.  It’s a native to South Africa, so I’m hoping that it will recover from the hard freezes this year.

Texas Flowering Senna produces tons of seed pods.  After giving lots away, these were left.  The strange thing is that with all these seeds, there are no seedlings that come up under the bush.

Texas Flowering Senna displays stunning yellow flowers that last for about seven months.  Can’t wait.

The leaves of Red Yucca are still green but the tall flower stems are dry.  The flowers leave a hard shell with black seeds.

Most of its leaves are still clinging to one Red Oak in the yard.  The strong winds haven’t dislodged them  yet.  Before long, new leaves will sprout.

There are several varieties of Senna.  Not sure which one this is.

Interesting flower seed pods and branch forms.

Clusters of dried False Foxglove seed pods make me anxious for the return of their white petals with pink splotches.This time of year wild creatures are astiring.  A group of wild turkeys passed through behind the house.  Stealthily, I cracked open the back door and poked my camera through it.

From the road wild turkeys don’t appear to have much color, but a zoom lens shows their pretty feathers.

Looks like two old gossipers speaking solemnly about something.

Guess mating season has started, meaning new little ones.

Can you tell that I am ready for spring with its warm weather and pretty colors.  I know, I know.  It’s still February.  Just daydreaming.

“If it weren’t for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn’t get any exercise at all.”  Joey Adams







Never Met a Flower I Didn’t Like

A quick trip to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center for their annual plant sale has me scrambling to find places to plant everything I bought.  Their sale is always a great experience, plus it’s reassuring to know you’re buying natives, which have a greater chance of survival in our Texas heat.

We also made a stop in Georgetown to see a local art show.  The show was small and disappointing.

georgetownBut the downtown area was quaint.  We strolled around and found a place to eat.  The above building was obviously a church at one time.  It now houses the local Historical Society.

georgetown2What girl hasn’t dreamed of a white picket fence?  Something about them says home.  Of course, the upkeep is a major deterrent.

The lush roses made it even more appealing.

georgetown1Old timey allure.

georgetown3A few of the buildings around the town square appeared old with some nice character.

georgetown4All along the streets we saw these flowers.

georgetown5They look like three petals but are actually six.  Bicolor Iris (Dietes bicolor) are also know as African Iris or Fortnight Lily.  They are so attractive and new to me.  The blooms are yellow with three dark purple spots with orange outlines.

The flower stems grow from a cluster of spear-like leaves.  Over time  a large colony forms.  Naturally, I had to find a nursery and buy one.  Actually, the local nursery, McIntire’s Garden Center, is excellent and would have been a great place to spend some time.

Because we’re further north, I’m anxious to see if it will survive our winter.

Bulb flowers are some of my favorites.  All right, all flowers awe me.

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret Atwood