Nature sent a gift

After the deep freeze in Texas, many of our tropical plants died. Most of mine survived because I have ruthless green fingers. Almost all of the plants that I have put in are precisely for our climate area, sub tropical forest. Our soil is poor, drought and flood are common and so if a new plant dies, I don’t plant it again. The azaleas are not indigenous but they have more blossoms than they usually do. I guess the freeze provoked some growth.

This fern was just cut down a few weeks ago and yet there is still new growth! I love my lichen covered boulders – it usually indicates that the air quality is good. The trees in our forest act as giant filters against truck happy Texas.

Our mountain laurel has three new growths – if I am very lucky they will turn into purple blossoms with a gorgeous scent. The leaves are covered in yellow pollen but they are quite healthy despite that.

Our crimson dwarf crape has survived! They are trimmed every year but should have glorious deep red blossoms in a couple of months. Thank you Mother Nature for the beautiful mood boosting gift.

On a final humorous note, I had a mad half hour after our gardener trimmed all the dead branches, trees and put down new cypress mulch. He also put down some bull rock, as you can see below, to edge the lawn. The architect of our house wanted a wavy driveway which is difficult to traverse. Teddy often gouged the lawn with the big tires on the Dodge Challenger so we added some bull rock. In this part of the world the pebbles are mostly the same sandy color but these ones were almost white. I panicked as landscaping has to follow a set of rules. Initially I thought of calling the gardener and asking him to replace them at my expense. Then I had a crazy idea to replace them with older bull rock in the backyard. After pacing and panicking, I decided that I would hose down the muddy footprints. As I did that the stones miraculously turned a sandy color… I felt like such a fool because they were just covered in rock dust! Can you imagine if I had called Adelfo? He has called me Karen for 16 years and finally I would have turned into one!

15 thoughts on “Nature sent a gift

  1. We have a wee heatwave in Scotland and I’ve been sitting out in my shorts and T shirt today. My house and garden is like plant hospital. Unlike you Kerry, I’m not ruthless at all and feel bad about giving plants the chop, but I certainly agree that it makes for a much better garden to be ruthless. Its only the indoor plants that like a litter water once a week through the year that survive my ministrations.

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    • A heatwave in Scotland!!! It is a wee bit nippy here today… One of my friends used to beseech me to coddle the plants but there is no room for that in this brutal climate!! I didn’t know I was a garden Nazi…

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  2. I only learnt last summer that the Azalea likes to be watered really well in July and August. My green fingered friend said to water it with cold tea. Big difference this year with the number of buds and blooms which were produced. Of course it is part of the “tea” plant family so perhaps there is some logic in her suggestion.

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