This time of year I spend most of my days indoors, though not entirely by choice. March, April and May are arguably the most pleasant months of the year in Central Texas. Featuring moderate temperatures buffered by gentle breezes and offering flowers popping up everywhere, Spring is the ideal time to get outside and enjoy everything Texas has to offer.
|Lady Banks Roses growing at Laguna Gloria|
I venture out only in the late afternoons, when pollen counts are a bit lower. I stay out 15-20 minutes or less. I multitask, putting out fresh nectar for the hummingbirds as I pass the feeders, weeding a small section of path while waiting for watering cans to fill from rain barrels and refreshing bird baths along the way. I take along clippers and trowel, occasionally bringing a few blooms inside or handling a transplant that cannot wait.
And I try to always take my camera along. Transitions are rapid.
|A spiderwort volunteer transplanted out of a path last August|
|This spiderwort went from bud to bloom overnight, attracting one of the tiniest pollinators I've ever caught in a photo.|
|Though not native I'm hoping the bottlebrush tree will help attract hummingbirds.|
|Sumac is one of the last to green up, wisely waiting until the chance for freezing weather is past.|
|Ajuga blooms undaunted by a blanket of oak leaves.|
|Carolina wren greets the sun|