Through the year in my garden in pictures...
JANUARY: A view of the backyard after the big January freeze had finally stripped all the leaves away.
FEBRUARY: Daffodils gave a promise of spring.
MARCH: My anonymous camellia was still in bloom.
APRIL: A friend of the garden, the Texas rat snake, put in an appearance on my back porch.
MAY: The month when magnolias earn their keep with their beautiful blossoms.
JUNE: The month of the sunflowers.
JULY: An explosion in the population of insects means the gardener needs allies in controlling them. The praying mantis is one of the best.
AUGUST: The brugmansias were finally in bloom.
SEPTEMBER: The beautiful highlight of the month - literally - was the full Harvest Moon shining over my garden.
OCTOBER: Mexican sunflowers and Gulf Fritillary butterflies adorned the garden.
NOVEMBER: Finally, Monarch butterflies were visiting the garden again and one left behind this calling card - her egg with a tiny embryo just visible inside.
DECEMBER: In late November, we added a small pond to the backyard and in early December, I brought in some tiny goldfish, three of whom posed for this picture.
It's been quite a year in my garden. I wonder what I'll have to show you this time next year?