Welcome to my zone 9a habitat garden near Houston, Texas.

Monday, February 28, 2011


As I mentioned in my last post here, this is the time of year in Southeast Texas when you can almost see the seasons changing as you stand and watch. That was brought home to me again today.

Yesterday, the old apple tree was full of buds. Today, those blooms are opening. It's a bittersweet event this year. The tree is old and diseased and it may have to go next winter, but I'll think about that later. For now, I'll just enjoy the beauty that the tree brings to my yard each late winter and has done for many years.

I had not even noticed the loropetalum forming buds, but, today, as if by magic, it is covered in its purple fringy blossoms.

This pretty coral pink salvia has also popped into bloom, seemingly overnight.

The Carolina jessamine is blooming, bringing its sweet fragrance to the corner of the garden where it lives.

With the blustery winds we had yesterday, many of those trumpet-shaped yellow jessamine blossoms were dislodged and floated to the grass like yellow snow.

But I say it's better to have fragrant yellow snow than the cold, icy variety. I can see you peeking around the corner, Spring! Welcome!


  1. We are visiting our daughter in Texas this month to get an early taste of spring. How beautiful things are in your garden.

  2. Thank you, Commonweeder, and welcome to Texas! Enjoy your visit here.

  3. Looking good, Birdwoman! I love the apple blossoms, even if they are the last ones.

    Our loropetalums were frozen just as the first buds opened... so no flowers this year and most of the leaves fell off. Maybe next year!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  4. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from the loropetalum this year, Annie, but this one suffered little or no damage and is full of blooms. I also have a white one which did get some damage and hasn't bloomed yet. It's wait and see time for it.