Archive for the ‘Flowers’ Category

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Mutabalis – My first rose bloom of the year


I fell in love with this rose bush when I visited a fellow bloggers garden.

She had hers shaped into a 5-6 foot tree and it was in full bloom, stunning.

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Today ended up much chillier than I anticipated, and with the drizzle, I wasn’t feeling too motivated to garden.

I took pictures instead (and attended a hands-on a bee class – post to come later)

My MIL worked tirelessly last weekend and this Saturday helping me clean up around the yard. Last weekend was the vegetable garden.



Onions, Carrots, Lettuce, Melons, Squash, Peppers

Onions, Carrots, Lettuce, Melons, Squash, Peppers

Newly planted pepper bed

Newly planted pepper bed

First Squash - pass-along from Ms. Black, my daughter's FFA teacher

First Squash – pass-along from Ms. Black, my daughter’s FFA teacher

First Tomato

First Tomato

Beans and corn planted yesterday

Beans and corn planted yesterday

Yesterday was the back yard, weeding, raking, and general cleanup.




Finally got my garden gates back from the powder coater, just in time for my climbing rose to take off.

Finally got my garden gates back from the powder coater, just in time for my climbing rose to take off.

Grape Hyacinth

Grape Hyacinth

California Poppy - I miss these from Phoenix, and finally have my own

California Poppy – I miss these from Phoenix, and finally have my own

Next I took a tour outside the fence, trying to capture wildflowers


Our lambs grazing in the background

Our lambs grazing in the background


My garden helpers — These guys follow me around everywhere. The guineas are usually in 3s, but today she was off wandering.



Guinea Hen

Guinea Hen

Checking on some of the poultry …

Our 3 peafowl, we don't know the sex yet, no full tails until 2 years of age

Our 3 peafowl, we don’t know the sex yet, no full tails until 2 years of age

Gobbling with me ... a favorite pasttime

Gobbling with me … a favorite pasttime

Waiting for scratch?

Waiting for scratch?

And on to the orchard


First peach!

First peach!

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Bloom Day 2/14

The garden is only a few weeks from some impressive blooms, but for now this will have to do.


My first bulb of the season – Hyacinth



My first apple bloom — ever
Type – Anna



Amethyst Calla Lily
Is it cheating if I just planted it this weekend? I couldn’t pass these up when I saw them at The Natural Gardener. They are very cold tender, but I’m ok with something this pretty being an annual.

Since I’m low on blooms this month, I’ll add my new yard art.


Costco for under $40, hard to beat this price. I’ve been wanting one of these spinners for a while.


Found this at “Antiques and Things” on 290W. If you’ve never stopped by it’s a great little place and he’s always got something new.


I bought this bench there as well several months ago. We finally got around to painting it and puting it back together.


Painted to match the shutters.

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Flamingo Rose Garden – Update


My rose garden is really filling in nicely, and with the cooler weather the roses are blooming like crazy.


My original plan was to mulch with colored glass, but with the proximity to the pool, I determined that this was a bad idea. Instead I chose silver ponyfoot, which I hoped would give a similar look. Now that it has filled in, I am really happy.


I bought these two garden gates. I have given them a coat of white paint, to see what I think. Once I decide for sure on the color, I will probably take them in to get sand-blasted and powder coated.


I bought this first one at the Round Top Antique Fair.


I bought the second at the stained glass place near The Natural Gardener on Old Bee Caves. They get European antique gates every now and then.


I also had this overgrown sago palm that I had decided didn’t fit in and had to go. Before attempting to remove it, I cut back most of the fronds. Once that was completed, I don’t think it looks as bad. I may keep it, haven’t decided.

And now for the roses …

Cinco de Mayo

Marie Daly

Marie Pavie

Little Buckaroo

Martha Gonzales

Rise N Shine

Unknown — Any ideas? This was marked as Belinda’s Dream, but clearly not.

Unknown – Came with the House

Not blooming – Grandma’s Yellow, Belinda’s Dream

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Flamingo Rose Garden

There’s a spot by our pool that has been covered with unruly groundcover since long before we moved in. Since it’s right next to the pool we decided it was a perfect location to put pink flamingos, which my husband has a love for. Last summer, after being in the house for about 6 months I also noticed a random rose bush in the middle of it all. Well this year, I decided to expand and for my birthday last week I ripped out all of the groundcover and added in another 5 rose buses to complete the flamingo rose garden. Shouldn’t everyone have one of these??

I'm thinking of mulching with tumbled glass. Regular old mulch just doesn't seem good enough in this garden. Yes that's a tiki back there. Do you really have to worry about being tacky when you've gone this far?

I bought this one at The Great Outdoors just before Halloween. It was just too cute.

Martha Gonzales

Cinco de Mayo. I just couldn't pass this one up. She's so festive!

I'm not sure of the name of this rose. This is the one that was already in the garden.

I had to show a picture with scale. This is about 6 inches in diameter and about a quarter the size of the bush. It is really something.

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>Pruning the Roses


As most Austin gardeners know, Valentine’s Day is the time for pruning the rose bushes. Last sunday I cut back the Knockouts pretty significantly. I found these instructions in a flower gardening book, and I’ve used them for a few years now.

1. Cut back the smaller of any twisted canes
2. Cut out any canes smaller than a pencil
3. Cut back any dead canes
4. Thin out the bushes to give plenty of breathing room for new growth
5. Cut back the all canes by 1/3
I added number 4 myself after discovering how quickly the rose bushes recover. I was scared my first year that I had over-pruned, but they came back to over 6 feet tall by the end of the season.

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I missed bloom day this month since I had just returned from a trip to Washington DC / Virginia. I thought I’d post a few pics anyway, since there’s been some good stuff happening in the garden.

Sweet Potato Flower

Bat-Face Cuphea

Bat-Face Cuphea

Cosmos – 
I got this flower from the horticulture club at my daughter’s school.

This plant was in the backyard last year and didn’t do well. It was too shady and only produced one flower. This spring we moved it to the front yard and the results are awesome.


Lantana – Finally blooming

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