Case in point - Bauhinia, or Anacacho orchids are in full bloom around town, including on the University of Texas campus where several gorgeous specimens are providing beauty over by the Art buildings. On the tree growing in our significantly more shaded setting however, the buds are just beginning to appear.
|Orchid flowers on the way|
|These dogwood multiply via suckers. We are slowly getting a small thicket of them.|
|Compost bin or garden bed? Once onions sprout, they can swing either way.|
|I thought about sprinkling these on a salad but put them in my kitchen window instead.|
I've heard galls compared to bug bites on humans. Irritating but rarely significant. By the time you notice the bite, the culprit is long gone. I'm choosing to interpret this activity as a positive reminder that growing native flora supports the life cycles of multiple interdependent fauna.
Native plant whisperer and garden blogger Tina, from My Gardener Says, generously shared several salvia lyrata plants after I went all fan girl crush on hers last year. I'd been concerned to show their progress here previously, unsure I'd planted them in spots where they would flourish, but several bloom stalks later and I'm happy to be enjoying these blossoms in person at last.
Finally, while you may be weary beyond measure of the constant stream of anole photos featured here, I should warn you I am only getting started. I don't think I ever spotted an anole I didn't try to photograph. They pose so adorably - resistance is futile.