March 14, 2015
According to the calendar Spring is still a week away. The weather and the plants in my garden seem to think differently!
The Pink Flowering Almond bushes (Prunus glandulosa) are budding profusely. These shrubs, which reach a height and width of four to five feet, are not a Texas native. They’re actually native to China and Japan. But they are so drought tolerant that they’re a perfect fit for this part of the state. The specimens in my garden have made it through the last four years on very little rain along with searing hot temperatures.
Prunus glandulosa will thrive in sun to partial shade and in just about any type of soil. These shrubs begin blooming in mid-March and continue to do so for about two or three weeks. They spread by suckers, with new plants coming up within a foot or so of the main plant, and are very easy to transplant. The blooms also look great in vases with other flowers.
This Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ has been part of my garden for three years. It’s looking a bit raggedy right now due to the snow and ice we had for several weeks. I’ve been considering cutting it back and allowing it to grow back out, but I think I’ll wait a couple of weeks to see how it recovers.
Below are a couple Daffodils (Narcissus) of different colors. The hard freezes we had a few weeks ago didn’t seem to faze these beautiful flowers. They appear to be quite hardy!
A variety of green foliage is currently present in the garden. While these plants are not yet flowering they’re still a welcome sight.
Here’s a close-up of some green moss that covered the ground in a shady corner following our recent precipitation.
And here’s some type of lichen that was found growing on a stone.
I wasn’t sure I’d be seeing the Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) again this season as they hadn’t put in an appearance in a while (that I know of!). A small flock appeared out of nowhere toward sunset this evening. There were probably about fifteen roosting atop a tree in the front yard. They’re such pretty birds. I’ll miss them when they do head north again.
Things are slowly beginning to take shape in my garden. A few plants hung around all Winter, some have emerged in the past several weeks and I know that below the surface of the soil even more are making their way upwards toward warm weather and sunshine. There’s no time like Spring!
“That is one good thing about this world…there are always sure to be more springs.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea —