Wildflower Whimsy

This spring was very hot and dry. We had a lot of fires and very little rain. Because of this the old saying “April showers bring May flowers” didnt really apply. It was more like “May showers bring the flowers”. So the wildflowers bloomed a little later than usual. However, when they did bloom, i …

Spring Returns

Now mid-way into April the bluebonnets and indian paintbrushes began to emerge on the sides of the highways. My pear tree put out a number of beautiful waxy pink tinged leaves. My mulberry tree flowered, became pollinated, and currently sports a small crop of bumpy green berries. The agarita bushes bloomed, were polinated, and grew …

The Wasps

We were having an unusually warm spring. The highs were already in the high 80s and low 90s and frost seemed like a thing of the past. It was time to take the winter boxes off of the fruit trees. They had been nursed along in there, hidden away from the sun in an attempt …

A Butterfly Buffet

As Spring unfolded, so too did the flowering plants of the yard. The wildflowers were first. Then the thistles in the grass. The butterflies and the bees alike visited each flower at a purpose-driven pace. It was like a super highway of buzzing creatures. The dogs chased the butterflies and i chased the dogs, yelling …

First Signs of Spring

When i bought the property the sellers had pointed to a tree. Well, actually it was 6 trees clustered together but they were growing so close it seemed they were destined to become 1 tree in the end. They told me it was a spanish oak and to baby it and do whatever it took …