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.
My little yellow flowers cheering up a shady corner
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.The 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.The Echinacea are just starting to bloom. I love their color.
Swirly garlic scapes might make their way onto a plate soon.
The Johnny jump ups are one tough flower, still going strong.Figs are on the way. Looking forward to getting a handful or two in a few months.
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.
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.
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.
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.Fennel and thyme growing next to a pathway ready and waiting to be used.
Lantana showing off for the butterflies.
One last dish of baba ganoush hanging on.
Surprise echinacea that planted itself in our pathway.
The 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.
Texas knockout rose.
Pretty yellow flowers.
A hint of fall before the leaves are blown away.
Almost 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!
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
A squirrel right outside our window saying hi and making use of the closest bird feeder.
Things in Bloom this week
Thanks for checking this out. It made my day a little brighter. Hopefully did the same for you.