Thursday, March 15, 2018

GBBD March 2018 - About those Texas Bluebonnets

It's Garden Blogger's Bloom Day and time to show what's blooming in my garden.   March is all about our Texas state flower, Lupinus texensis or Texas Bluebonnet.

They've totally taken over the gravel topped crevice garden.

And they continue through the fence.

My favorite part is they've begun to spread into the Buffalo Grass lawn.

Very appropriate star pattern from the top view

A few more blooms, mostly in the tank garden.

Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium leucanthum) another native wildflower which is evergreen and very nearly everblooming.  It only takes a break during the coldest and hottest weather.

Behind the Blackfoot Daisy are Tazetta Narcissus 'Golden Dawn'.

Tazetta Narcissus are one the only narcissus bulbs which can reliably naturalize in our climate.

A nice combination with the daisies and narcissus.

Reve d'or Rose is a climber and early bloomer.

Native Scarlet Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) is becoming quite a specimen.  It's dormant most of the year so I must be careful not to cut it down. 

Mexican Buckeye (Ugnandia speciosa) is happy we fenced the deer out and is now growing into a nice tree.

One more Bluebonnet shot, I can't resist!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Wildlife Wednesday March 2018

It's the first Wednesday of March and that means Wildlife Wednesday hosted by Tina at "My Gardener Says....".  With windy. cloudy, chilly days still outnumbering clear warm days wildlife sightings are slow.

A Red-shouldered Hawk landed on a low branch just long enough to pose for photos.  I'm pretty sure this is a Red-shouldered Hawk since they are the most often sighted soaring high above open fields in our neighborhood.

They are in the process of teaching their yearlings to fly with much squawking and screeching several times a day.

Butterflies are returning to the garden but were not most cooperative in posing.  This Black Swallowtail butterfly mesmerized by Texas Mountain Laurel blooms was an exception.   The profile shot shows the swallowtail outline beautifully.

I followed for a while trying to get a photo of open wings.  Almost.  Score a yellow sulphur butterfly along with the swallowtail.  Large dark patches inside the wings indicate a clouded sulphur.

Two whitetail doe grazing behind the fence but probably not touching the prickly agarita in the foreground.  The odd angle gives a good view of the tail.  They are preparing to give birth and increase the herd yet again.

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