Every morning now the garden is offering up new surprises. Our Laura Bush petunias rewarded us with their first bloom of the season. They are hardy and will weather the upcoming hot, hot Texas summer with lots of happy color. Remember, you can click on any of the pictures to see them larger.
The Mountain Laurel at the entrance to the studio is now in full bloom, filling the air with fragrance. Yellow Copper Canyon Daisies on the other side of the walkway compete with their lemony scent. The Loropetalum, left foreground, is covered with hot pink chenille-like blossoms and is beginning to sprout purple leaves. It won’t be long before the Wisteria over the window starts to bloom.
The potted succulents have made it through the winter. Mainly because I’ve finally learned to neglect them and not give them too much water. The first night after we brought these into the house in November was quite an experience. We had gone to bed when our two shelter kitties, Molly and Sissie, woke us up with a big ruckus in the kitchen. I came out to see what was going on and found them scratching at something under the scale in the corner. I pushed the girls out of the way, lifted up the scale and JUMPED. A Copperhead snake was coiled underneath! He had been in one of the succulent containers, we think the pot in the middle. I was able to pick him up with a pair of long-handled picker-uppers and dropped him down the kitchen disposal. GRRRRRRRIIIIINNNNNNNDDDDD, that was the end of him. Thank goodness for Molly and Sissie. But, needless to say, we didn’t sleep very well the rest of the night.
I think this guy is so cool, I’m not sure what the official name is but we call it Spaghetti Cactus. Love the light, Jack pointed it out this evening so I grabbed the camera. Just thought I’d share a little of our spring with you today. It looks like we are going to have spectacular wildflowers this year so keep watching. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik
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