Signs of Fall

Signs of Fall

Today the temperatures are more bearable at 90.  This morning was in the 60’s and gave me hope for a possible change in the weather.  The rain last week gave new life to the flowers in the yard.  The squirrels and birds are enjoying the flowers, berries and seeds.  The bees, both the small agile and […]

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Horsemint is the “balm”

Horsemint is the “balm”

One of my favorite wildflowers  in the Texas Hill Country has many names, Horsemint, Lemon Horsemint, and Lemon Beebalm.  The botanical name is Monarda Citriodora.  What I love about this bottlebrush of blooms is that it can range from violet, into pale indigo and on to almost white.  Look for them along the Texas highways […]

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Gone to seed

Gone to seed

It’s that time of year, if you have Bluebonnets in your front yard then you have enjoyed the color but now you have a raggel taggle mess if you plan on letting them go to seed. I was waiting until every last legume pod opened and dropped the little pebble like treasures into the soil […]

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Brown-Eyed Susan

Brown-Eyed Susan

The plethora of yellow wild-flowers roll cheerily along the hill-country highways.  These Brown-Eyed Susans brighten the drive from Austin to Wimberley. Spectacular.  I always think it is interesting and fitting that the yellows always bloom in unison with the blue bonnets.  To me bluebonnets look purple and when you are learning about the colors in […]

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Blooming Pineapple Guava

Blooming Pineapple Guava

We have three Pineapple Guava (Feijoa sellowiana) along our back fence.  We planted them as an evergreen screen and are looking forward to the day they reach 15 feet in maturity.  They were 2.5 feet tall when we planted them three years ago, currently they are 6 feet. The growth is moderate but considerably faster […]

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Rocks, Cedar Post, Cactus & an Oak

Rocks, Cedar Post, Cactus & an Oak

This Oak has grown through rocks, wrapped itself in a hug around a cedar post, and besides the wildlife, is also home to a prickly pear cactus.  I have to admire an oak as stubborn as the early settlers to the area.  Arid, and often dusty, the hill country in South West Texas where my […]

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Sun Worshiping

Sun Worshiping

In early January we went camping out at the family ranch in Junction, Texas.  The nights were cold and the days started brisk and clear and warmed to lovely. The kids saw a lumbering porcupine and twice they saw a young armadillo turning up soil by the water.  These cacti we saw looked to be […]

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