Retired from the University of Texas and too old to play soccer anymore. Now, in the twilight of his years, time is spent writing in this blog, hiking and exploring Texas Parks, photography, working out, gardening and tending to the five ponds he built .
I walked around the garden viewing the flowers that are already out and it is not yet Spring. So far, even by our mild standards, we are having a very warm winter. We had two nights of frost back in early November and nothing since. It has not even rained that much as shown by the dried up ponds, streams and stock tanks. I was out walking the other day and the temperature reached eighty two degrees. Go figure…
I have taken pictures of the flowers for you all to enjoy and even posted on a Wednesday, something I rarely ever do. With the exception of the last one, they are all from my garden, several roses, narcissus, daffodil and violets.
I consider myself lucky to not have to put up with a winter after living in Upper New York State for ten years. It does get a bit warm in Texas in the summer but I prefer the heat to the cold and snow. Enjoy.
I was wandering around my garden and ponds with a camera at the ready to take pictures of a couple of flowers that I had spotted. This is December after all and not too may flowers are brave enough to put on any display. I stopped by a Knockout rose bush that I had first planted over 30 years ago before the ponds were ever built. I actually located the pond around this rose bush when I built it. It had a few sorry looking flowers but then again, the roses on this bush are never very great anyway.
Moving along, I came across several Fall Asters that still had a healthy bloom and host the few butterflies that remain.
At another spot, I found a Gregg’s Mistflower that held a bloom or two
Finally, and much to my surprise, I discovered my friendly Brown Snake that has spent all of the year with us. I must say that he looks pretty healthy so I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he hadn’t found a goldfish or two for dinner. This one is between 3-4 ft long. Interestingly enough, Mikey, the Dachshund/Chihuahua mix who was a couple of feet away, never spotted the snake and as the pictures show, it was well out in the open. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing. This snake is non poisonous but at the same time, I don’t want the dogs tangling with any of the snakes just in case another Rattler shows up as happened with Richie last year. Besides, I try not to harm the snakes in any way as they are all a part of Nature’s Plan. He was gone five minutes later when I went to check. I would have thought that the snakes was already denned up for the winter but maybe it is not cold enough yet. BTW, I use a telescopic lens so I am not that close to the snake even though it may appear so.
I completed the circuit of the garden but there was nothing else of interest to warrant taking anymore pictures so I will close with another Knockout Rose.
Mother Nature has done it to us again by giving us our second freeze in the past 3 weeks.
I think she is trying to make up for not having any freezes last winter.
Luckily, I am one step ahead as I have already chopped down all of the remnants of her previous freeze at least in the garden.
I still have to get in the ponds and cut down all of the frozen plants that she has left in her wake.
In between the freezes, she has starting to let the new growth from those same plants begin to show.
How much of this new growth will survive this second round of frosts remains to be seen.
It is as though she has competing interests within herself.
The destructive side whereby things are frozen.
The new growth cycle where plants start a new round of growth.
I wonder if one consults with the other or if they are in competition.
The good versus the bad.
Definitely, not the ugly.
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