Saturday, May 13, 2017

Happy Mother's Day...

We all have lots of Mothers in our lives.  

We all start out with one mother,
and add more, along the way.

This is the one I started with.
She was a good mother.  A good wife.
She and my dad were married 56 years,
when he died.

She's the one who gave me my love of gardens,
and all things natural.

I wish I'd learned a lot more.

On Mother's Day, before we left for church,
she would always go out to her rose garden,
(She always had a rose garden.),
and get a red rose for me to wear,
because my mother was live,
and a white rose for her,
because her mother was gone.

Then, there's my Mother-In-Law.
Here she is, with my Father-In-Law,
at the Copa Cabana, in Miami.

She loved getting dressed up, and going out.
Movies, musicals...any kind of show.

She was NOT a gardener.
Her idea of fun outside, was a beach somewhere.
She grew up in south Florida.

She gave me the good man I married.
And, I thank her.

Next came our daughter.

She's a very good mother, to these two great kids.  
Always involved in their activities.  
Always busy.

She's becoming a good gardener, too.
They bought an old house, with a great garden.
She's learning that gardens can be fun...
and, lots of work.

Our Daughter-In-Law came to us already a mother.
She brought along two really great kids.
Twins...boy and girl.

Then, she gave us two more great kids.
Two beautiful girls.

She's another good mother.
Involved with her children. Teaching and 
urging them to do their best. 

She's a good gardener.  
Even took the Master Gardener classes.

We've gone on many garden tours together.

This year, we added one more mother.
Our oldest granddaughter gave us 
a beautiful little boy.

She's proving to be a good mother, too.

Maybe someday, when she gets a chance,
she'll learn to love gardening, too.

Enjoy all the mothers in your life.
They're all very special.

Happy Mother's Day...

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Inside Austin Garden Tour...2017...

Last week, a few members of our Austin Area Garden Bloggers
got the chance to do a preview tour of this year's
Travis County Master Gardeners'

First up, was Peggy Hart's beautiful, hillside
garden, in west Austin.

The front is designed with lots of shade loving, deer resistant plants.

The back deck offers a comfortable place to enjoy a beautiful view.

And, below is a vegetable garden and an iconic Austin symbol.

Next, we visited Daphne Jeffers cottage/zen garden.

The front cottage garden is a riot of color.  Lots of beautiful spring blooms

Daphne explained how she turned a grassy yard, into a garden beauty.

In back, they've turned this area into a calm, zen-like garden.
Lots of bamboo and a quiet rock fountain.

Also, this clever re-purposing of a play area.
A fenced in bird feeding station.
Keep out those pesky squirrels and larger birds.

We moved on to the garden of Velia Sanchez-Ruiz.

Velia's front garden is chock full of beautiful daylilies.

 The back is cool and lush, with lots of shade plants.

Then, we headed out west, to Dorothy Thering's garden.

Dorothy has a lot of room to garden.  Twenty-five acres.
Of course, they haven't made the whole place gardens.

But, they have done a lot.
Look at this fabulous vegetable garden.

And, on the other side of the house...

..this wonderful garden shed/green house.

With paths for a stroll in back.

I really liked this place.

Last, but certainly not least, was Shari Bauer's whimsical garden.

Shari has taken re-purposing to the ultimate.
Something to see, everywhere you looked.

Shari's house overlooks the Pedernales River.

Her comfortable porch is a good place to rest.

On the other side of the house, Shari has terraced the steep hill and planted
a lush, shady garden.  

She's placed a shady dining table...

...under a teapot chandelier.

My favorite thing is this pond, with the grill of an old jeep as the waterfall.
The lights work.  
In fact, this whole garden has lots of lights.

How often do you find a piano, all planted up, in a garden?

More found objects.

Over the bridge, the lavender garden.

Pause for a moment, under an up-ended sailboat.

And, back down to the house, through the lavender.

Some of us (where are the rest?),
paused for a group photo with Shari,
in her lovely greenhouse.

It is an amazing garden.

We had a wonderful day.  Gardeners in gardens.
Always fun.

Saturday, May 6.
Follow the link for more info.

You won't be disappointed.

Happy Gardening...

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Exciting and Sad... the same time.

It's always exciting to see an agave put up a bloom stalk.
They grow fast and tall.  Then put on lots of flowers.

But, then...when the bloom is over...the plant dies.

This giant agave (not sure what kind it is) in my neighborhood,
is definitely a major centerpiece in this yard.

The stalk is already about 15-20 feet tall.
It'll be sad to see this giant die.

But, the show will be good.

I'll try to post more, as it progresses.

Hope you're having a great weekend.
I'm still weeding...

Happy Gardening...

Friday, April 7, 2017


Slow...but, sure.

Have a great weekend.

Happy Gardening...

Monday, March 20, 2017

Deja Vu, All Over Again...

Last year, we took a cruise to the Caribbean.
We returned to a garden full of weeds....and a LOT of work to do.

Well...we did it again.

 St. Lucia

This year, we took TWO cruises.
Two, ten day cruises, back to back.

The first ten was great.  Our niece and nephew were with us.
We took lots of excursions, to see these beautiful islands.

The last ten...not so much.
Oh, the islands were beautiful.  But, Mr. P came down with the flu.
I can tell you...having the flu, on a cruise, is not that much fun.

We need to do the second cruise again...without being sick.
Oh...I managed to avoid getting sick.  

Yay me!

The return home was pretty much the same as last year.
Weeds, weeds, and more weeds.

Plus, the hard winter freeze damage.

Another year of hard work, getting things cleaned up.
And, this year, replacing quite a few plants.

I'm not looking forward to the clean-up.

But, there is some Spring beauty already...

The old iris....pass-alongs....are blooming.
The new ones, the ones I bought and planted in September, 2015, 
are not doing so well.  

I'll just hope for year.

So, I guess you can see what will be going on around here.
Pulling weeds...cutting back more freeze kill...pulling weeds...
replanting some things....

Oh, did I mention PULLING WEEDS?

Spring is bustin' out all over, here.
I hope your spring is, too.

Now, I gotta get to work.

Happy Gardening...

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

You Can't Always Get What You Want...

This has been a wild ride winter.

We've yo-yoed back and forth, from cold to hot,
and back to cold.

It's been confusing to our bodies,
and our gardens.

One day recently, the morning started at 28F degrees,
and ended at 88F degrees.

Really? Sixty degrees?


Shortly before that, we were below freezing for over 38 hours.

It turned the nice, focal-point agave above... this.

In fact, all of this same kind of agave...
I THINK it's Americana...
were turned to mush.

I trimmed it up.
Maybe it'll come back.  
I'm giving it a while to try.

The Bicolor Iris was burned back,
but I trimmed it, and it's coming back.

A lot of things burned back,
are already coming back.
Maybe to soon...

I'll wait a while to trim this Sago Palm.
Hopefully it'll come back.
It moved down here with us, so it should be huge.
These winters keep knocking it back.

I'm waiting on the Oleanders, too.
They'll come back.

We had some high, high winds a few weeks ago, too.
No big limbs down, but lots of small ones.
It sounded like someone throwing rocks on the roof.

We stayed under cover.

Then, there was the clean up.  There were several cart loads.

But, one good thing is this rosemary blooming for the first time.

Happy things and sad things.

Happy with our new great grandson.

Sad that we lost our neighbor across the street.

He fought the good fight, against cancer, knocking it back once.
But, this time it won.
He was one of the good guys.
He was 89.

Things go on...
in the garden, and in life.

I hope all is good, wherever you are.

Happy Gardening...