Pretty Things 5/8/2018

This morning I wandered outside with my morning coffee and had to rush back in to grab my phone so I could take pictures of the beautiful things that started to bloom.


The First green tomatoes of the season have arrived. It’s almost time to devise a bird net so I can keep them to myself. Maybe the birds are still too focused on the peach tree.


Bi-Colored Iris is showing its stuff.IMG_0926

My little yellow flowers cheering up a shady cornerIMG_0927

The pineapple guava is busting out in full bloom. The mocking birds love eating their petals that taste sort of like tuti-fruity. They end up pollinating the flowers while doing this.IMG_0935The Beautiful Amaryllis is still going strong. I love how the red ones , then the pink ones, then the white ones come to bloom in order.IMG_0938The Echinacea are just starting to bloom.  I love their color.


Swirly garlic scapes might make their way onto a plate soon.

IMG_0939The Johnny jump ups are one tough flower, still going strong.IMG_0929Figs are on the way. Looking forward to getting a handful or two in a few months.IMG_0924

The pomegranate tree is still going crazy. This is quite a show we’re getting!


My day lilies are finally blooming for the first time! It was a pleasant surprise.

What a wonderful way to spend a morning.

Early to Mid Spring changes 4/22/2018

I woke up one day and it seemed like a pacific northwest summer. The days are 85 degrees and the nights are in the 60’s. The absolutely perfect weather to be outside enjoying the sunshine. The plants started recognizing it too. All the sudden the air is perfumed with Jasmine for our morning coffee, red is the predominate flower color at the moment. There’s some thing so tropical looking about all the blooms that are currently in season.


IMG_0834bottle brush

IMG_0832pineapple guava




The garden beds might not be freshly mulched, and I might need to do a lot of weeding, but there is so much beauty that is abundant in the flowers that it’s not hard to sit back and enjoy the wonders of this world that you can capture in your own back yard.

Beautiful Spring 4/1/2018

The whole perimeter of the yard needs to be mulched and weeded but that doesn’t mean I can’t ignore the dandelions and enjoy the flowers.

IMG_0579Honeysuckle Native for the hummingbirdsIMG_0576Dianthus (Sweet William)IMG_0575Culinary Sage flowers IMG_0569Peaches!! Rock hard but growing quickly

IMG_0565Yellow Honeysuckle blooming with a wonderful fragrance

IMG_0570The beginnings of an echinacea flower that decided to self seed in the pathway

IMG_0568The beginnings of baby persimmons


Last but not least a hardy amaryllis making its debut


Beautiful Fall 12/3/2017

Yesterday I enjoyed some time sitting outside. It was 79 degrees and sunny and just absolutely gorgeous. Especially considering it is now December. Texas sure beats the cold crappy gray weather in the pacific northwest. Sitting outside on our lounge chairs watching the butterflies flitter from flower to flower and listening to the birds chirp and the gentle bubble of the pond was such a calming and needed experience after the crazy holiday.  I enjoyed slowly walking through the yard barefoot checking out the activity of the animals and insects and seeing what is currently in bloom.IMG_0057Fennel and thyme growing next to a pathway ready and waiting to be used.

IMG_0025Lantana showing off for the butterflies.

IMG_0023One last dish of baba ganoush hanging on.

IMG_0055Surprise echinacea that planted itself in our pathway.

IMG_0054The fall long bed appears to be coming along nicely. Right now this little section is planted with elephant garlic, dill, miniature bok choy, nasturtium, calendula, cilantro, & pansies.


IMG_0075Texas knockout rose.

IMG_0064Pretty yellow flowers.

IMG_0090A hint of fall before the leaves are blown away.

IMG_0077Almost naked persimmon tree except for the pre-packaged fruit.

More pretty flowers still in bloom. I almost can’t believe that this is still December!

It’s amazing how finding some time to stop and appreciate the beautiful world around me can completely change my day. I hope you had a wonderful weekend!


Pretty things 10/9/2017

Milkweed popped up from seed out of nowhere which was a pleasant surprise.


Society Garlic is blooming again in response to the cooler weather.

IMG_9685Another eggplant is ready to go


Sunchoke blooms smell amazing and hopefully will produce well this winter

IMG_9674More peppers than we currently know what to do with


Canna is still going strong.


Geranium that limped along through the summer


a caterpillar eating some parsley that went to seed.

IMG_9636The chair lizard that hides in our cushions when they are stacked up for rain

IMG_9635Bean flowers and starting tiny beans!

Loquat flowers that need to be protected from frost


Garden #1 full of plants grown from seed.IMG_9649

Hooray for the beginning of fall!

Things that made me happy this weekend 9/9/2017

I added an array of bird feeders, bird baths and squirrel feeders on the opposite side of our yard to the garden. This hopefully accomplishes a few things.

  1. Provides entertainment for my beautiful cat Enzo who now has a view consisting of no less than 5 bird/squirrel feeders, a fish pond, and two bird baths from his perch in our master bedroom.
  2. Birds are in my yard anyways so if they are provided with easy & continual access to food and water, the idea is hopefully they will be less incentivized to figure out how to get at my protected vegetables.

Meet Mr. Cat:IMG_8191

Don’t let his adorableness fool you. He is a killing machine. And also very soft. One of the bird feeders is right next to the window so he can surprise animals which he seems to enjoy. I’ve been enjoying it too. There’s something wonderful about having the sun wake you up on a weekend and you peek out the window to see some little birdies munching on the sunflower seeds you left for them, or a hummingbird flittering by to get to the trumpet flowers you planted.

The array of fauna feeders

With that, here are some pretty things that made me happy this weekend:

Meet the pond fish

The pond I dug right outside our bedroom window so we could hear the trickle of the water from the tiny little waterfall and so that we could all see the fish from inside easily. They serve a purpose other than just entertainment though. They eat mosquito larva that would inevitably fill up the pond. So they eat mosquitos and make fertilizer that I use to water my fruit trees. Plus they are just fun to watch.


A Cardinal came by to visit. I love watching them. They seem to prefer the sunflower seeds. The male always seems to be the bold one and come down first to make sure the coast is clear for his lady. They frequent the bird feeders further away from the house and the birdbaths. IMG_8980

A squirrel right outside our window saying hi and making use of the closest bird feeder.

Things in Bloom this week

Texas Knockout Rose
Crepe Myrtle
Pink Morning Glory
Native Rock Rose
Volunteer sweet potatoes
Pineapple Guava
Society Garlic
Honey Suckle – the smell was intoxicating this morning!
Texas Star Hibiscus
Purple Morning Glories

Thanks for checking this out. It made my day a little brighter. Hopefully did the same for you.

Salutations from Mr. Cat.