Thursday, May 30, 2013

- Blackfoot daisies

Originally posted by Don in On the Trail

Blackfoot daisies like the rock garden.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

- Prickly pear

Originally posted by Don in On the Trail

Cactus flowers in bloom in the backyard.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

- Thistle

Originally posted by Don in On the Trail

This is one of my favorite pictures Liz took of a thistle plant.  Four more work days and she can take more pictures like this! Click on the photo to enlarge it.  No photoshop here. Good camera and a better eye...

Sunday, May 26, 2013

- Rain matters

Originally posted by Don in On the Trail

We had 3.25 inches of rain the past couple of days.  San Antonio had over a foot in places and some significant flooding. This is a picture I took when exploring Canyon Lake Gorge.  It's a good example of how the limestone has holes in it and how the water flows through those holes eventually recharging the aquifer. We hope...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

- Prickly pear flowers

Originally posted by Don in On the Trail

The flowers on the prickly pear cactus this time of year are short-lived but beautiful.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

- Patinated

Originally posted by Don in On the Trail

We bought this copper birdbath from Jill at our favorite spot in Wimberley, By the Bridge Antiques.  The blue patina of the bath really stands out. The birds seem to like it now that temperatures are in the 90's. Guess summer has arrived.

Rock from the property added by us

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

- Rock garden cactus

Originally posted by Don in On the Trail

When we went to the nursery a few weeks back Liz picked out the horse crippler cactus. It now resides in the red rock bed behind the deck. The horse crippler cactus actually does get its name from the fact that horses have been crippled from stepping on it. It grows very low to the ground and is hard to see. I can see it just fine and it is not in the path of any horse...or human.

Monday, May 13, 2013

- Hat dancin'

Originally posted by Don in On the Trail

The wildflowers are not as abundant as they were last spring. Guess they are dependent on the late fall and early winter rains we did not have this year.  However, there are certain wildflowers we have seen this year that seem to be doing better than last.  An example is this Mexican hat that is found along the east side of our driveway. Since I was in among the flowers to take this picture you may have to click on the image to get one in focus.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

- Sarah's garden

Originally posted by Don in On the Trail

I just finished the east side "red rock" garden I previewed yesterday.  This is a picture of the garden from the driveway looking up to the deck. The cactus in the background were given to us when we first moved here by Sarah N. At that point we did not really know what to do with them. We left them in buckets for weeks and finally planted them. Apparently cactus can take such abuse, and in fact, like it that way. They have grown quickly and are putting off pups to beat the band. The grass in the foreground is buffalo grass that grows very slowly and does not require much water. It looks equally good mowed or left to grow to 8-10 inches.

Friday, May 10, 2013

- Rock gardening

Originally posted by Don in On the Trail

We just got back from Austin after a day of  playing with Griffin and Skyping (twice) with Jackson and Melissa. You probably thought I'd skip today's blog post.  Oh ye of little Liz would say. Still highlighting pictures of new plants.  I promise I'll get some people pictures in here soon. These cactus are in a new rock garden on the east side of the deck made from red rocks found on the flood plain.  Liz had mined several piles of these rocks just waiting for a home. Note:  Be sure to click on the picture for a larger view to get a closer look at the rocks.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

- Barrel cactus

Originally posted by Don in On the Trail

Planted a golden barrel cactus on the west side of the breezeway.  I still need to add some more grey rock around the perimeter. It is out of harm's (grandkids') way, unless they're climbing in the rocks, which should be off-limits for obvious reasons.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

- Yucca

Originally posted by Don in On the Trail

Liz had the idea to post a picture a day so we would start getting back into the swing of our blogging days. This is a picture of the flowering stalk of a red yucca plant against the blue Texas sky.

Sunny, 82 degrees, 25% humidity, SW winds 10 mph