Tuesday, August 12, 2014


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...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Wildlife at the Watering Hole....

August, already.
I'm joining Tina over at 
Wildlife Wednesday.

My contribution this month, 
is short and sweet.

It's getting hot. 
That's normal, for this time of year in Texas.

So, our different 'watering holes' here,
are getting a lot of customers.

We fill a galvanized tub with water, for the different creatures.
The most often customers are the deer.

But, a birdbath comes in handy, on a hot, humid afternoon.

Birds actually come to the birdbaths, too.
We have three birdbaths, and a fountain that the birds really like.
It's just too hot to sit out there to get a shot.

This big guy shows up at the tub, too.

It's almost time to 'cage' some plants.
These guys like to rub that velvet off their antlers.
It really can mess up an agave or yucca.

Be sure to visit Tina, for more 
Wildlife Wednesday.

Happy Gardening...

Sunday, August 3, 2014


Since last we met, we've been busy.

We did some traveling.
Back to Mississippi, to visit friends.

We go through Luling, TX, to get to I-10.
This time we stopped, so I could stand in the street and take a picture of this sign.
It's hard to tell in the photo, but it's 3 dimensional.

One of our friends retired, and he wanted to celebrate in Biloxi.
So, we went....again.

Back home, you can see we have been missed by the summer rains,
that have hit other areas around us.

The Grass Bed is doing ok.
Not as much growth as I'd like.

The Hyacinth Bean and zinnias are doing good.

The Pride of Barbados is finally blooming.
Love those blooms.  And, inside the fence, the deer can't get to them.

The tomatoes are blooming.
But, not setting fruit.  There are some that set earlier.  
Taking their time getting ripe.

For the first time, we had ripe figs.
Not many, and not big....but, they tasted good.

This Agave Lophantha had been chomped by the deer.
I took it out of the planter it was in, and put it in the ground.
Then, it started developing two crowns.  Very interesting.

We turned this firepit into a planter.
We put in a Soft-leaf Yucca.
Looks better than a bunch of limbs piled in there.

It's being protected by this resin Horned Toad.
So far, so good.
We'll soon put some wire up.  The bucks have lots of velvet to rub of their antlers.

And, last but not least.
Yesterday, my daughter and I went to Market Day, here 
in Wimberley.

I got two plants.

 A Dyckia 'Burgundy Ice'

And, a variegated agave.  I think Agave American 'Mediopicta Alba'.

There were no labels.  The seller just knew they were an agave and a dyckia.
Hope my research is right.
Now to find containers for them.

So...that's what I've been up to.
How about you?

Hope your summer is going well.

Happy Gardening...

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Real Vineyard...

The last time we met, I showed you the progress of the 
grapevine.  After several years, it put on fruit.

We harvested.  All THREE bunches.

We ate a few of them.  But, they are really wine grapes, not table grapes.
Pretty acidy....if that's a word.

But, on last Sunday, we went to a private tour of a real vineyard.

Five years ago, when we moved here, we joined the wine club at

It's just down the road a bit.  And, we like wine.
We agreed to take a quarterly 'shipment' of three bottles of wine.
A hardship, I know.  But, we did it.

They have a 'Pick-Up Party' each time, so locals...or any member who wants to...
can come to the winery and pick up their 'shipment'.
Entertainment and some snacks and wine.
Another hardship....lol

We recently received an invitation to take a complementary tour of the vineyard,
followed by a box lunch....and, of course, wine.

It just so happened to occur on the hottest day we've had all summer.
But, it was worth it.

Gary Elliot, owner and wine maker, led the tour.
He knows his stuff....and, loves his job.

He talked about planting, pruning and the watering, 
that goes into growing wine grapes in Texas.

There are new acres, recently planted, but doing well.
The watering is done with drip emitters. 

Drops fall on each side of the vine.
It takes a bit of water.  Right now, they're taking it out of a creek that
flows through the property.
Soon, it may have to come from wells, which makes it harder, because
of the calcium in the water that clogs the emitters.


Grapes 'mist' themselves, through their leaves, especially when the nights stay warm.
This uses even more water.


The welcome rains we've had this spring have certainly helped.


I asked about the later freeze we had this spring.
Gary said he has giant fans (sorry, I didn't get a photo), that he uses to 
blow the cold air up away from the ground.
It must have worked.

We gathered under the shade of a Live Oak grove, and had our box lunches
of Muffaletta sandwiches, fruit salad, chips and cookies.

photo quality due to bad focus, not too much wine

And, of course, some Longhorn Red.

By the way....we told Gary about our grapevine.
He said we're the first ones he's heard that got one to live,
much less make fruit.
We must have done something special.

Well...we planted and watered it.
Not all that special.  But, it worked.

Have a great weekend, and...

Happy Gardening...