Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Different Foliage Follow-Up....


Late...as usual.
But, thought I'd join 
Pam at Digging,
for Foliage Follow-up.

Since I have the same old, same old....
chomped yucca, agaves, etc...
and, I know you're tired of hearing my
whining about the deer, the drought, my disappointment
with my garden,
I'll take you way north.

Last month, we were in
Glacier National Park,
in Montana.

It's a beautiful place anytime.
But, we were lucky enough to be there in Autumn.

Enjoy....












Happy Gardening...
~~Linda~~

Monday, October 6, 2014

Back Home...



We've been on a trip.
A 5,042 mile trip.

Montana

I took LOTS of photos....sometimes through a not-so-clean windshield.

Wyoming

We drove through areas where snow gets pretty deep.
The above natural 'snow fences', are prettier than the giant wooden ones
along much of the highways up there.


While we were gone, there was some rain.


And, some wind.  
The top of one tree fell onto limbs of another and they came
crashing down.  How it missed the bottle tree, I don't know.


The tree guy came out and took care of it.

This is the tree that was hit by lightning a few years ago.
It needed some trimming back at the top.
We were going to have this done when we got back.
It's a 'trash tree'...a Chinaberry...but, it helps shade the porch.

We trust this tree guy.  He thinks it'll be ok.


The new fenced area really grew.


The Lantana really took off.  And, took over this bed.
Hmmm....maybe I need more room.


The Hyacinth Bean on the veggie fence really took off, too.


Maybe that's why nothing much else than weeds, are doing
well there.  Between the vines and the ever growing
Live Oaks on the other side, there is more and more shade.


There is a lot of clean-up to do.
We missed the 'sawdust' pollen fall of the Cedar Elms.
Well....there was that clean-up.
Now, we have the seed fall.
Leaves will be right behind.

We had a busy weekend.
Out of town guests, football and soccer games 
and, a concert in San Antonio.


St. Mary's Lake, Glacier NP

So, I'm just going to sit at my computer and edit photos.

The clean-up will still be there, when I get to it.
Those pesky garden fairies never show up.

I'll show you some more beautiful scenery soon.


Happy Gardening...
~~Linda~~

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Last Week....


The last week of August.
In my mind, the last week of Summer.

Yes, I know...even though the official last of summer is
Labor Day Weekend,
in Texas, the heat will continue.


These guys will still be hungry, and chomping my plants.

But, there's hope in the air.
Well...maybe not today.  It's forecast to be 102.
But, soon.


Actually, we've had MUCH worse summers lately.
But, age and other incurable conditions, have made me more and more
heat intolerant.  Just can't hack it as well I used to.


But, a gardener's gotta garden.

So, I hauled (with muscle from Mr P) some rocks from the creek.
I had an artemisia Powis Castle up and die.
So, decided to replace it with an agave Lophantha.


About the only thing you can plant this time of year is cactus, agaves,
and ROCKS.

I put extra ones around this to hold it down.
Things get pulled up here, if not anchored.

Speaking of pests.
Yep...Leaf Footed Bugs on the prickly pear.
Research says the best way to get rid of them is pick them off.
Sorry....not on a cactus.

This is the only cactus they're on.

I haven't seen any on any other one....big or little.

We still have some tomatoes getting ripe.
They set long ago.

No bugs on them, and the squirrels have left them alone this year.

Even though I haven't been too happy with the way the garden looks, 
all in all, it's been a good summer.
We sit on the porch every evening, once the heat lets up.
Fans help.

But, I'm ready for fall to show up.

Just hoping to keep things alive until then.

Stay cool....

Happy Gardening...
~~Linda~~

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Again!!....


Sometimes, I'd just like to throw in the towel.

Two of three of these Yucca Color Guard,
have been CHOMPED!

Maybe we need more metal plants, concrete yard art....
a GUN?

Nope...can't shoot them.  Just would like to.

Happy Gardening...
~~Linda~~