Camoflage

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t!

Things have been going quite well in my garden this spring. We’ve received several bouts of heavy rain, but not so much that there have been floods that would damage roots. In between bouts of weeding (a never-ending chore) I’ve been having fun watching the succession of spring flowers in my garden. First up were the daffodils, then came bearded iris and now the roses, purple coneflowers, and mealy blue sage are strutting their...

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Scented-Geranium-Blooming

Lovin’ Those Scented Geraniums

Last winter was fairly mild here in Fort Worth. We had one or two brief cold snaps but they were not cold enough or long enough to seriously affect some of my tender perennials. One of the survivors was my ‘Snowflake’ rose-scented geranium (see photo above). It made it into spring without hardly losing any leaves. Granted, it was under the shelter of our side porch but this is the first time I remember...

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ShovelAndDirt

Hitting the Reset Button

One of the virtues I try to cultivate in life is persistence. I have never liked to quit, even in the middle of a project that has suddenly gone bad. Somehow when I’m flat on my behind (metaphorically speaking) I can always hear my father’s voice saying “Finish the job, kid!” and I get back up and go at it again. As in life, so in gardening. I hate to give up on a...

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Spring-Butterflies

Rites of Spring

Ah spring, that season when hope triumphs over past experiences for gardeners. Not long ago I was out working in my garden and pondering the connection between what I was doing and the spring activities that have gone on since the dawn of time. some things just have to happen out in the garden every spring. These rites of spring for me include blood sacrifice, penance, and rebirth. Blood Sacrifice – no matter what precautions...

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