Friday, April 29, 2011

A Lovely Life

It's a beautiful time of year here in central Texas, at least for the main part. Already we're having some record-breaking temps, but it's cool enough in the mornings to work in the garden. This morning, my Maxie cat and I were doing just that. I took a break and while we wandered the back yard I thought about what a lovely life we have here. So I wanted to show if off.

This was taken earlier this month. Isn't it gorgeous? This is my cross vine. It's several years old and only blooms in the spring, but it's magnificent when it does. The trellis is at the back of what was our original lot. We've since bought the one behind us and expanded so it's now pretty much in the middle

This is one of my favorite parts of the back yard. It's a big old post oak tree. I didn't want any competition for the roots so I planted only a couple of things in the ground. Half of the tree, though, belongs to the next lot, which is undeveloped, and weeds and such grow on that side. Poor tree!

A closer look at my caladiums. They're only just sprouting but they'll look gorgeous soon. (I have them in all four of those bigger pots.)

My herb garden and the hub's itty bitty pond. (He has it covered to keep the raccoons from making off with the fish.) Some herbs I plant in the ground, some I confine in pots. The catnip, the plant that's closest to the sprinkler in the middle, is in a pot in the ground. That makes it easy for Max to roll in it.

I love the bucolic feel of this area.The line of rocks behind the copse of trees is the back edge to the part of our property we maintain. The rest we've let go to pasture.

This is my studio. I've shown it before but I think it's a darling little building, and I love spending time out there. The building you can see behind is the hub's work shop.

For the past couple of years we've grown honeysuckle on this trellis. For several years it was morning glory, which I dearly love, but there's an insect around here, can't remember the name, that dearly loves the morning glory. Someone told me to use insecticide soap on it, but as hot as it can get in this part of the yard, I feared it would burn the plant. So I switched. Doesn't the honeysuckle look lovely?

Hope you enjoyed the tour of my backyard. Isn't it a lovely, lovely life?


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your yard is wonderful. Love the cross vine and the fabulous oak. Hugs, Marty

Tricia ~~ Handmade Whimzy said...

I LOVE honeysuckle. My hubby won't let me grow anything on the brick of the house or the brick/wood fence that surrounds our backyard but a trellis would be a good idea. I'll have to incorporate that at some point.

Are you having a problem with snakes in your yard this year? We live in East Texas and every time I go outside to work in the flower beds, I find a snake. Then I get freaked out and start screaming. I think my yard has become some sort of snake breeding ground.
And no one else sees them - only me. I swear to God, they jump out at me.

Mary Keenan said...

I love that little star over your workshop door! so sweet :^)