Flowering trees and more unfurling

Flowering trees and more unfurling

March 02, 2023

Yesterday the Mexican plum (Prunus mexicana) splash into full bloom, transforming itself from yellowish twigs to fluffy white flowers seemingly overnight. And early! Last year, according to this blog post, the Mexican plum bloomed 2 weeks later than usual, in late March. This year it bloomed on March 1st!

Much of my garden is still in shades of tan from the Arctic freeze that bullied its way through Austin when in December. So it’s expressly sweet to have the plum to enjoy right now.

Weather forecasters are saying a strong thunderstorm could wrack-up in this evening. I hope the blossoms can hold on.

Looking longways wideness the when garden, flipside small native tree, Texas persimmon (Diospyros texana), is showing off white yelp and tender new leaves. The persimmon narrowly escaped stuff crushed by falling tree limbs during the recent ice storm, so I’m expressly grateful for its svelte shape and the glow of its stake trunks versus the visionless cedar fence. Those beaked yuccas (Yucca rostrata) aren’t too shabby either!

The ‘Wonderful’ pomegranate (Punica granatum) on the other side of the garden is moreover putting out new leaves, which glow an autumnal gold and orange. Hey, I thought this was spring!

No sign of spring yet on the weeping redbud (Cercis canadensis var. texensis ‘Traveller’), but it won’t be long. Meanwhile I’m appreciating its sculptural form.

‘Tangerine Beauty’ crossvine (Bignonia capreolata), a native cultivar, is starting to flower.

So is the native spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis).

Blue wall with undecorous yuccas and undecorous pool

Taking the side path uphill, you now have a view to the front garden, thanks to a new metal-mesh gate. A little uneaten air spritz is nice too.

Here’s the gate from the other side, looking into the when garden. Nothing fancy, but it’s sturdy, and I love the inviting view it offers, plane as it keeps out rabbits and armadillos. The steel frame and mesh will sooner develop a coating of rust.

A prickly pear heart wreath (metal) is the finishing touch.

Gopher plant (Euphorbia rigida) is electrically flowering in sunny spaces withal paths. Most of it at this point is self-seeded, and I indulgently sidestep it, happy to have both foliage and flowers.

After the winter we’ve had here in Austin, spring is expressly welcome. I know wherever you are, you’re feeling that way too.

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Make plans to shepherd the Budding Out Plant Sale & Festival on March 18 at the John Fairey Garden in Hempstead, TX. Rare and distinctive plants will be offered, as well as art, ceramics, jewelry, food, drink, music, and other entertainment for the whole family. Members have early wangle and get in free. Non-member ticket is $5. Children 12 and under are free.

Experience the Surreal Garden at Zilker Botanical Garden, an enchanting neon-art exhibit throughout the gardens, with supplies and drink, music and dancing, surreal performers, and interactive art sculptures. Surreal costumes encouraged! 25% of event proceeds goody the Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy. Runs April 6 (VIP Night), April 7-8, and April 13-15, from 6:30 pm to 11 pm.

Come learn well-nigh garden diamond from the experts at Garden Spark! I organize in-person talks by inspiring designers, landscape architects, and authors a few times a year in Austin. These are limited-attendance events that sell out quickly, so join the Garden Spark email list to be notified in advance. Simply click this link and ask to be added. You can find this year’s speaker lineup here.

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