Hi-lites of late Pt. 3: Gosh-darned beautiful plants

So very many things are happening in the garden now, it's becoming difficult to document them all. "Ha," - Mother Nature says - "I haven't even gotten started yet. Just you wait."

Well, we've waited all winter! And, it has been a long winter. We'll be ready!

One note: I was beyond happy to find the Lenten Rose - Hellebore - at Cornelius Nursery a few weeks ago. I'm a huge fan of Carol Klein's Life in a Cottage Garden Series which aired 2 or so years ago, which is how I got to know about, and fell in love with, Hellebore. I hope the two plants do well here, in hot and humid and unforgiving Texas-in-the-Summer.

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Garden Hymn | A basket of Plums
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Isn't this Arcadia now?

Hi-lites of late Pt. 2: A bit of Arcadia for birds

We have been more than fortunate to have seen at least 13 different sorts of birds since moving into our home 6 months ago. 2014-03-28

Here is a beautiful brother, a red-winged blackbird. You can hear his lovely song here, via Birdnote, amongst other marsh birds. Sweet, isn't it?


Arcadia is just one birdsong away! See you there.

Hi-lites of late Pt. 1: Oh, Orange Tree!

We've been working hard out at the Coahuila garden and have made some progress with projects that we hope will fare well as we enjoy a (brief?) East Texas Spring. Most recently, Satsuma is doing well (thanks to great advice from our wonderful neighbor Steve W. - Thanks, Steve!) She was here, by the side of the garage, rather shaded by the oak trees above:

[caption id="attachment_315" align="alignnone" width="500"]Satsuma orange, against the back of the garage, left hand side. Satsuma orange, against the back of the garage, left hand side.[/caption]

Not the best place for a sun-loving citrus. So, we bit our lips, dug a big hole next to the pomegranate, and dug up the Satsuma last Sunday when it was thankfully cool. We powdered her roots with rooting hormone, padded her down with soil and compost, mulched her with leaves and gave her a good drink. We placed her up against the Eastern fence, right next to the small pile of compost you see here:

[caption id="attachment_316" align="alignnone" width="500"]Satsuma's new home to-be. Satsuma's new home to-be, not far from the pomegranate plant on the left hand side.[/caption]

We were told to water the Satsuma everyday, which we did. Some of tender new growth did not fare well - but, wonder of all wonders, the majority of the tiny, new leaves recovered. We're still holding our breath a little bit because we're not sure whether the flower buds will open. We're optimistic: it's been five days, and the buds still feel plump and solid. Satsuma! We hope you recover from your shock! We promise, you'll love your relocation.

[caption id="attachment_317" align="alignnone" width="500"]Happy to be home, we hope! Happy to be home, we hope![/caption]