Do you like my new bloomers?

The iris are starting to bloom at the front of the house. Last October, I found an orange pot that I thought would be a great contrast to the iris and daylillies that bloom in front of it so I’ve been dying to see this year’s crop of bulbs show up. Doesn’t look like I will have to wait much longer.

A bulb that I purchased on line is beginning to show its orange poker blooms and it looks like the number of flowers has doubled from last year.

My larkspur is showing off the brilliant blue-purple flowers that brighten up spring just as my poppies are starting to fade. I do like the look of the pods though as they start to wilter. Tom’s job next weekend will be to harvest the poppy pods so we we have seeds for 2019. And just when he finishes moaning about having to do that, it will be time to do the same for the bluebonnets and larkspur!

Random shots for April

The faithful pomegranate blooms on cue every year and wows me each time. I’ve now  got three trees scattered around the back garden. I’m also glad to see my root rhubarb is doing well–this was the first thing I grew in our garden at Wood Road and I’m hoping for some rhubarb crumble later in the season. The tobacco seeds I got during our trip to Virginia have been a success. Some of the bulbs I planted last year are hitting their stride and the  pots on the front porch are a nice welcome home every day…

Hedgehog Cactus

This is the first year my hedgehog cactus bloomed. My enjoyment for cactus and succulents continues to grow despite not having much time for them a few years ago. Yesterday, I hit up the Austin Cactus and Succulent show at Zilker Botanical Gardens and managed to find one owl-eye cactus plant that I love. Mine got killed off this past winter.

March 2018

Chris and I finally got out to cut back some of the dead plants and shrubs. I had left it as long as possible so as to provide food and shelter for critters during the freezes. As soon as we had cut stuff back, greenery started to peak through and by the end of the month the structure of the garden seems to be taking shape again. I did replace a few of the pot plants that didn’t make it through the winter.

San Miguel 2018

My book club decided to take a trip together to San MIguel. We had a lovely time shopping, sightseeing, eating, drinking, and chatting. Between all of our adventures, I managed to capture some of the lovely plants and flowers around our house and around the town.

Animals in the Garden

One of the nice things about keeping this blog is that I get to look back on some photos of my pets in the garden. Sadly, Jack, Mickey and Vera are no longer here to soak up the sun while I’m pottering. Delilah loves being outside and our new cat, Dots is just starting to explore.

February 2018

Although not England weather, there has been a chill in air that has meant I haven’t been able to spend much time in the garden. Despite my neglect, there is still some color popping up. I added a couple of plants to my collection including a new David Austin rose—Roald Dahl. Can’t wait to see how it does in a pot.

Sally's Allotment