Friday, March 27, 2009

Dogwoods, Bluebonnets, and Wisteria

I finally took the time to take photos of the dogwoods. I had a wonderful drive home from subbing at high school today. Stopped by Mama's for a few minutes and ran the programs on her remote. LOL Don't know what she did, but she could only pick up one channel on her bedroom television. I handed her the remote and told her not to "touch anything from the waist down" on it.

The photos were all taken on the way through "the country" between her house and mine. This piece of property actually butts up to the back of our property. We were amazed at how close it really is after the property was logged last year. The logging definitely opened up the sky to the dogwoods. They are solidly peppered across the slope.
I mentioned them growing in layers when they weren't exposed to full sunlight.
Here's that "lollipop" tree again.
Just a note about the can tell where there's an old house place by what grows there...daffodils popping up in the middle of a pasture beside one old oak tree. Wisteria takes over everything. Someone once told me about her love for wisteria...but you only gave a plant to someone you hated. ;o) I stopped in the middle of the road to take these. The heady perfume nearly made me drunk!

The bluebonnets are in my yard. They just keep spreading and spreading much to Sam's chagrine. Of course I do everything I can to help them spread! From previous posts, you've seen them close to the house around the azaleas.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Beautiful Rain

We had about 3/4 inch of rain today. Never heavy at any one time, just nice slow drizzling day. Predictions are for rain through Saturday.

I haven't gotten into my flower beds yet. Been too busy with the quilting project. I have the final quilt sandwiched and ready to start quilting. As soon as this rain stops, I've got to get rid of the weeds and put down more mulch.
Sam saw a hummingbird today! I got the feeder out and made syrup for it. I'll hang it tomorrow morning.

In the meantime, I took these photos yesterday. I filled the bird bath immediately after taking the photos. That frondy thing is a Deitz lily. The little green just to the right is a hosta starting to emerge. See the bluebonnets in the foreground?!
More bluebonnets ready to bloom in front of and to the side of the azaleas. And another hosta. To the right of the azaleas are nandina bushes. Just about everything is going on four years old. Small bushes, huh? Because the windows are so low, Sam wanted miniature everything. They seemed to just lay on top of the ground for the first two years. Oh, look at the green water hose too. ;o) I told ya, I haven't worked the beds yet!!

The black snake is my soaker hose. When we laid out the beds, I wove the soaker hose around the shrubs then covered with mulch. Sam's theory is that the mulch helps to clog the soaker hose so now it resides on top of the mulch.