Friday, September 12, 2014

Jury Duty San Antonio Style

On Wednesday I had to be downtown for jury duty at the county courthouse.  I had downloaded several gardening e-books ahead of time so I was set for the day.   This happens every few years and it's not so bad to spend some time downtown.  By now it's not a surprise to readers that San Antonio has a style all its own.  Many of you probably haven't seen jury duty like this so let me take you along on my two hour lunch break with a few phone photos.

I enjoyed my lunch under a shady ramada across the street on Main Plaza with a view of San Fernando Cathedral.

Friday, September 5, 2014

My favorite (new) plant in the garden this week...Asiatic Jasmine!

It's that plant we love to hate, except this one was too pretty to pass up so I'm joining Loree at Danger Garden to feature Trachelospermum asiaticum 'HOSNS' as my favorite plant....this week.

This week I stopped by Shades of Green nursery in San Antonio where my friend Pat recommended I take a look at newly arrived Asiatic Jasmine Snow-N-Summer (Trachelospermum asiaticum 'HOSNS').  At first I hesitated--Asiatic Jasmine?   I took a look anyway and bought it even though I have no idea where it will go yet.

Here's my latest impulse purchase fresh out of the car and already brightening up the view from the kitchen.  According to my research, Asiatic Jasmine does well in pots--not something I would have thought of before acquiring this one.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wildlife Wednesday: September 2014

This month's Wildlife Wednesday brings updates on wildlife sightings in the garden.  I'm joining Tina at My Gardener Says.. for a Wildlife Wednesday look at the activity in my garden.

Can you spot the wildlife in this photo?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

End of Month View: August 2014

August is a quiet time in the garden here in San Antonio.  The blooms of July have faded and the perennials have been trimmed back to await the cooler weather of autumn.  It's time for a walk through the garden and I'm joining Helen at The Patient Gardener's Weblog for a tour.  We have had a good summer with fewer triple-digit highs than typical and more clouds.  Although rain is predicted regularly we haven't had more than a few light showers this month.  But generally, things look pretty good for August in South Texas.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wildflower Wednesday: Clematis drummondii

When an unknown native plant shows up in my garden I'll usually leave it in place for a season to see if it blooms.  Sometimes it turns out to be a weed but occasionally the approach works out far better than I could have guessed.  I'm joining Gail at Clay and Limestone for Wildflower Wednesday to feature one of those potential weeds that turned out to be a very special native plant.  Clematis drummondii is commonly known as Old Man's Beard, Texas Virgin's Bower, or Goats Beard.  It's easy to see why "beard" is part of the common name.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Melody's Garden still inspiring one year later....

Last August I introduced you to the beautiful garden of my friend Melody.  There have been some changes over the past year so I just have to show you how good it looks now.  Some of these views are similar to ones I shared last year, as with the coral vine which looks amazing on the barn.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wildlife Wednesday: Vultures!

Vultures and Buzzards -- those words don't usually bring nice images to mind but perhaps the images in this post just might change some minds.  A pair of American Black Vultures have joined the regular crowd of birds roosting in the trees off our back deck.  I'm joining Tina at My Gardener Says... for Wildlife Wednesday on the first Wednesday of each month.