Crossvine is blooming

We have this same variety of crossvine in several different locations in our yard and this year it is blooming like crazy.

The hummingbirds love this vine and you will see them often getting nectar from the flowers.

The paperwhites, wisteria, azaleas, and now the crossvine have all bloomed this year. I honestly thought the freeze would stop everything from blooming. It just goes to show you never doubt mother nature.

Flowers come in every color and shape plant different varieties and colors so you will always get to see something new.

Pink blooms are everywhere

Even after the great Texas freeze of 2021 the George Tabor azaleas are blooming their hearts out.

I have two of these plants on the right side of the front door. On the left side in the front of the house is the Pink Formosa they are not blooming. I feel like they will not bloom this year due to the freeze. They were hit much harder by the 13 degree temperatures.

My azaleas are 38 – 40 years old. I wanted Azaleas so badly because my grandmother had them. Every time they bloom they make me think of her. My grandmother had some planted under pine trees she said they liked the acidic soil the pine straw created. She also had some in the front of the house. She told me to give them coffee and tea grinds for the acid and she said they would thrive. I always give our plants the coffee and tea grinds.

The beauty of flowers in the landscape can put a smile on your face and joy in your heart.

Wisteria blooms

The paperwhites are always the first to bloom then the wisteria and the azaleas.

That is how you know springtime is here in the Texas gulf coast.

By the time the wisteria is fully leafed out, it is through blooming at the stage it is right now there are more blooms than leaves.

Taking pictures of the flowers as the bloom each spring is a passion of mine.

The beauty of nature surrounds us all we just have to take the time to appreciate what is right in front of us.

The yard and garden

We spent the day working in the backyard and part of the front.

The yard seriously needs some rehab since the freeze everything is getting cut back and will have new buds soon enough.

We ran the leaf rake pull behind the lawnmower thingy and dumped it 6 times from leaves in the front yard. He then places the leaves between the rows in the garden and as they decompose the dirt gets raked up on the rows.

On top of that, we planted 22 tomato plants, bell pepper plants, seeds for yellow squash, zucchini squash, cucumbers, and potatoes. We still have some hot peppers to get planted and some marigold flowers to keep bugs away as well as some basil to plant between the tomato plants to enhance the flavor of the tomatoes.

We already have onions that survived the freeze and are growing well. We even have some cabbage that made it.

Jack did get a new area for Okra but we are not planting as much as last year I got so tired of picking okra.

I went to 3 garden centers over the last week looking for Vinca flowers and there are none to be found yet. I wanted the Vinca because they bloom from now until freeze. They never look wilted or windblown. I did see the Dianthus and may end up with some more of those they are pretty hardy as well.

He tilled one of the raised beds by the barn and there was 15″ earthworms in there they were HUGE. They make the dirt perfect for planting vegetables.

When springtime rolls around we never stop I am always needing some color in the yard and Jack is always anxious to get the garden planted. Today I am using one of the free photos we have access to on WordPress.

We have spring fever in Texas and today was a beautiful day.

Photo by Laureen Raftopulos on Pexels.com

Variegated Shell Ginger

The Variegated Shell Ginger grows very well in Texas.

Ours has multiplied so much from the one-gallon plant I bought years ago. We have about 30 plants in pots that we are planning on reselling.

We transplanted some from this large plant to the front of the house a few years ago and now it is multiplying.

It is like the plant that keeps giving. The blooms are gorgeous but they will only bloom if there has not been a freeze and if there is a freeze the plants die back. That has only happened to us one year, but they came back the next spring stronger than ever.

These are roughly 5 – 6 ft tall and about 8 feet wide in most directions. I took the bloom picture when the plant was blooming but I wanted to show off those gorgeous blooms.

The color really pops on these plants below two of the 35+-year-old oak trees. They are accented with ferns who also love the scattered sunlight.

Brighten up a shaded area with some shell ginger it is a plant that keeps giving.

The blooming paperwhites

It is that time of year again when you look out into the yard and see these beautiful bundles of white flowers.

These paperwhites belonged to my great-grandmother Moore and my grandmother gave me these bulbs over 30 years ago. We have moved them and separated them numerous times and shared them with a few family members. They are in several locations in our yard for us to enjoy.

It is so nice to have something out of my great grandmothers yards planted in my yard.

When it’s cold and there is not much blooming these are a joy to see pop out of the ground. Paperwhites are a bulb type flower that grows in clusters but the bulbs tend to grow deep.

When photographing paperwhites you need to use a macro lens to show off how delicate these blooms truly are. These flowers need the perfect lighting to show off their beauty to much sun blows out the white of the blooms so it is better to take pics early a.m. or on an overcast day.

Fine art, photography and paperwhites all go hand in hand.

Kalanchoe

I love Kalanchoe and currently have 4 colors of it planted in a large container.

There is a red, dark pink, pastel yellow and a yellow orange color. I think there are about 12 plants total.

These are from last spring they need to be cut back after blooming this year because they are somewhat leggy. You can take the cuttings and root new plants.

Kalanchoe is a thick leaf succulent that can be grown indoors or outdoors. This time of year it is easy to find them at the garden centers.

Raindrops and Roses

I love the smell of a good rain.

There is something about raindrops on rose petals the depth of the drops with the bright color of the rose and the definition between the two. It is all about the details.

If you have a good macro lens and a bright colored rose give this a try after a rain.

The perspective of pictures

A picture of a flower can look totally different by the way you frame it.

Try moving to the left or the right or shooting from above to see how you can change up the look.

Leaving negative space in the picture below allows for an interesting perspective.

Cropping the picture much closer changes the look of the image.

In this case I prefer the one with the negative space because I feel like it draws me into the picture. For some reason I like the negative space on the left hand side I have no idea why.

This flower is the Agapanthus ( Lily of the Nile). These were beautiful this year and they were clearance flowers from Lowes.

Creativity is in the eye of the beholder.

Blooms

This althea has the most beautiful shaped flowers.

We had a double ruffle lavender one time I loved but the ants got to the plant and killed it.

This white one was merely a stick someone shared with me. It is in front of the house on the corner under the shade of the largest oak tree.

Her beauty adds a bright spot to the shade like a light.

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