Update: Bobcat Lair

I’m in a car, so I have time for a few updates. Over at the Austin house, it’s been a good spring, thanks to all the rain. I’m really happy that all the perennial plants we got last year made it and have bloomed.

Another plant that surprised us in its survival is Anita’s monkey paw plant.

The Texas mountain laurel just had two blossoms, but it’s pretty small still. It’s growing now! Too bad I didn’t get photos.

Such a beautiful plant. And cold-hardy.

I was really happy to see the Althea bush blossoming. It’s a beautiful plant. I love bicolor leaves, and the pink flowers have been great. It looks good all year.

Gardenia after a rain. New leaves are less yellow.

But hey! The gardenia did not die! And it’s had lots of flowers! Anita figured out what kind of fertilizer it needed, and its new leaves are nice and green. Whew. I finally didn’t kill one.

A month ago there were just some sticks in here. The basil and mystery plant are back.

And finally, the seeds I planted last year in a big pot surprised me. They had died down over the winter, but came back! Also the basil that was in there reproduced, too. Heck, it even had a baby in an empty pot!

Bonus basil and a glimpse at a a begonia that over-wintered.

We have a few new plants, too, so we will just see how they do.

Inside

The news is less good for my orchids. Some kind of scale or giant aphid got on them and made them sad and sticky. Anita and I have been trying various sprays, insecticidal soaps, and just rinsing them off. We think they are better.

Happier orchid days.

We will update! Next I’ll share ranch doings.

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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