Old Pals

March is the month of anticipation at Cloverleaf. And despite this being my fourth year of gardening, I still get concerned that some of my favorites won’t make it through the couple of frosts we get. Luckily for me, these old faithfuls keep showing back up. Whether it be the bluebonnet, larkspur, pomegranate (which I’ll revisit when it’s in full bloom), or chinese ground orchid , it’s always good when these guys show up for the springtime reunion.

Planet Earth

Although I’m able to stay out in the garden past dusk due to a handy corner street lamp, when it does get dark we’ve been watching Planet Earth. No snow leopards or hyenas are roaming our yard, but we do see the occasional wild beast

Revisit I

Here’s a look at some of the plants that I shared a month or so ago. There’s been quite a lot of growth and Chris’ orchid addiction seems to be paying off, The yellow and black/purple orchid fascinates me and seems to change every morning


I have somehow fallen into collecting begonias. Last year I only branched as far as the strawberry begonia, but this year I couldn’t resist a couple of beauties from Red Barn Nursery – the Begonia Rex – Lalomie, the Angel wing Begonia “Sinbad’, and the Begonia Cowardly Lion (what a fab name):


The abnormally warm winter in Austin means the roses are already popping! Two of my David Austin beauties (Molineux and Mayflower) are already blooming.  So many blooms that I snipped a few to bring indoors. And of course, the very Texas friendly, knockout rose as well as a lovely coral rose. The light pink is a bush that was here when we moved in and has survived hardscaping and much mowing down over the years when we created the front yard area.

Orchid overload

After basketball this morning, I dragged Chris and Tom to the Orchid  Sale at Zilker Botanical Gardens. Tom was not impressed, but Chris ended up buying 11 different plants. I’ll make a gardener of him yet! One of my goals for this year is to learn more about the proper names for different plants so I’m including a photo of my attempt to capture both the look and the name of each plant from the start.


Sally's Allotment