I know the calendar doesn't say so but our plants are proclaiming that spring has arrived. Our Texas native mountain laurels are in full bloom giving their glorious testimony to spring. Their blooms are large and showy but best of all they smell like grape bubble gum and their scent drives the bees into a delighted frenzy.
The Texas redbud burst into bloom this week too.
Spring has me busily tidying up the garden and starting the push to get projects done before the heat sets in. Perennials (black-eyed Susans, shasta daisy and esperanza) are being divided and transplanted. Don't be afraid to move those plants that aren't thriving or working where you have them.
A Martha Gonzales antique rose was relocated to a sunnier spot in the garden today. An hour was also dedicated to digging up live oak sprouts. This is an annual chore. It's drudgery but the shade and beauty the live oak trees provide more than makes up for the inconvenience.
Hill Country Water Gardens and Nursery recently received a shipment of gopher plant (Euphorbia rigida) that lured me into the spring buying season. This is a four year old specimen in their garden. The pairing of gopher plant and Jerusalem sage is really pretty and provides nice shades of gray/silver foliage all season long. I'm so thankful to the gentleman who helped me during my visit. He made sure to tell me that the sap from this plant is very toxic. So much so that it can cause temporary vision loss if rubbed into the eye. Gloves and eye protection are a must.
How about you? Are you ready for the race?