The Texas Garden in April and a 17th Year Anniversary

So turns out many of the plants in the garden that we thought were dead are coming back after the snowstorm. (I’ve said this before, I know). And MUCH has in fact benefitted from the snow- especially the things coming up from seed.

We have wheat that popped up randomly in the yard that is now ready for harvest?

There are marigolds popping up everywhere?

There are dahlberg daisy seedlings in the brick patio?

The stratification process (exposure to freezing temps while in dormant seed form) made just about every seed germinate around here… except for the larkspur and poppies. After such a show last year there are NO larkspur and only one poppy in the backyard. Bummer.

I’m letting the marigolds grow up and the dahlberg daisies on the patio get carefully walked around. The yard won’t get mowed till we harvest the wheat… and boy-howdy is that a sentence I never thought I’d type!

We are still missing some of the BIG losses back there: my upright hardy cactus, the senna tree, the cotoneaster, the white cat whiskers shrub, the brugmansia I’d grown into an 8′ tall plant from a 4″ square pot… that would have bloomed THIS year if it had lived! I’ll never know what color it was going to be! ARGH! Also gone are the second morning glory bush, the maroon salvia, and all but one of our yews. Thought yews were hardier than that!

But! My point (as I rattle off the list of losses) is that all was NOT, in fact, lost! It is still spring back there! There are flowers and green things and butterflies and hummingbirds!

While I can’t for the life of me get the color to balance for a photo, (flowers are definitely blush pink and not white) I KNEW the Souvenir de la Malmaisson rose would make it through the snowmagedon because it is a hardy rose, developed in France. The shocking thing, honestly, is that it does well in Texas in even our normal years. It is my hardiest rose, this ‘un. It’s 5’ wide now.
The white cat whiskers shrub died in the “Wally memory garden”… but the blue eyed grass is thriving.
The spirea shrub is all: “Finally some good fucking weather” to the snow- said in Gordon Ramsey’s voice. Why do I grow so many things that thrive in colder climates? Shut up, that’s why.
THE GRAPE SURVIVED!!!
Now to open a lemonade stand and wait for the duck.

We can’t bring ourselves to take out the dead 7′ senna tree… just in case it comes back later in the year from the roots. But if it doesn’t, I’ve planted some red morning glory seeds at it’s base for the vines to use it’s dead skeleton as a trellis, at least for this year. It’s a smidge as morbid as if someone made my bones into wind chimes after I’m dead, honestly.

And our beloved Castroville basil died… but my husband reminded me we had collected seeds last fall that I had forgotten about! We now have about 50 seedlings because the germination rate was Spectacular! Hope proves itself, yet again, to spring eternal.

And the wild and domestic animals are thriving as well. As mentioned previously, the night herons are now well on their way to hatching their brood (incubation is 21-25 days, google tells me… so any day now seems like). The chickens are laying up a storm (Cheerio has gone broody and is belligerent about trying to hatch her eggs), and the squirrels are driving us CRAZY in the attic- an annual annoyance.

Here is Alabama and the baby squirrel he chased across the yard. The squirrel “escaped” by jumping into the canoe… such stupidity shouldn’t be rewarded, but I did in fact save the idiot little thing.

Lacy and Alabama BOTH have gone to the vet for allergy shots as they’re licking themselves bald in patches. (you can see one on Alabama’s shoulder in the picture above) I have never, in 40 years of having cats, had cats do this? Is it the pollen from the red oak in our front yard? The hell? Hopefully this will pass when the pollen does because 2 of the 3 cats look like scuffed shoes and I’m ready for them to clean up their dang acts and visibly show the care, attention, and seemingly endless amounts of money we put into the jerks.

Continuing the Wild Kingdom theme in the backyard- though I’m pretty positive no one believes me when I say this- I looked up from my desk recently and there was a ROADRUNNER on the back fence! It went along the top of the fence, jumped onto the neighbors shed and then was gone. Good thing I have photo proof!

I’m kidding, my stupid phone focused on the damned window screen and not the roadrunner. It’s like my sasquatch; I’m on the hunt to prove the roadrunner exists!

In other news: on April 17th it was our 17th anniversary!

The beautiful double lilies my husband surprised me with.

We agreed no expensive gifts this year.

He handmade me a candleholder (will be a set of 3, eventually) and a tray from a branch that fell off a Cedar of Lebanon tree I used to climb when I was a kid at the old library. I got him… a pizza stone. You win again, you handsome, talented bastard!

We had a fantastic day to add to the fantastic 22 years we’ve been together. The years fly by when you marry your very favorite person in the world, lemme tell ya.

And then finally, in other, other news. I am still periodically painting my nails. This week I decided to branch out from my normal, verging on goth-dark nails, and picked a kinda milky, yellow color. That’d be springlike! And still unique without trying too hard, right?

Legal pad chic was NOT the look I was going for, dang it.

9 thoughts on “The Texas Garden in April and a 17th Year Anniversary

  1. I always love reading your blog. It’s the best news report in the world and even when you talk about loss you find a silver lining. Brings a smile to my face every time.

  2. Happy anniversary!
    I came to your blog via Suzanne and I love it. I live in Canada and love gardening, but sadly, there are only a few months of the year that my gardens are not snow covered! So I will enjoy your lovely photos.

    1. Thank you! I have Canadian friends and always tell them that they get to be jealous of our weather in April, and we get to be jealous of y’all’s in August – it’s a trade off! Thanks for popping over!

  3. Congrats on the anniversary. Things are lookin’ good in your SA garden. Like you, my freeze-stratified seedlings are full-on! Not sure that’s always such a good thing…

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