Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Spring has SPRUNG!

Spring has arrived in Dallas in it's full glory. It's drop dead beautiful here right now, but don't blink because it'll be 100 degrees before we know it! It's been a trying month, what with losing my job (first time in 27 years!) and health issues I've been trying to ignore. How many time have I heard, "When God closes a door, He opens a window" during this time?? When I've gotten over the shock of it all, it really has been a wonderful time to enjoy my garden. Everything is blooming and it's hard not to sense God's presence all around me. The contractor even showed up to finish my screened porch the day after I got canned. That will be another post... This rose bush looks wonderful, especially since it got butchered to the ground by the fence guys last fall. The Carolina Jasmine has just finished blooming-it was glorious. I thought the Trumpet Vine was a goner, but I've got more than I know what to do with. My butterfly weed is beautiful. Oh, I brought one plant of mint with me last year from the old house and I have now been overtaken. I fear I will have to dig it up and throw it away, but that feels like murder to me!! :) For anyone who might be reading, does anyone have a Fig Tree? I saw one at the nursery the other day and it was just beautiful. I think I might want one. Are than any down sides to these trees?


Carol said...

The downside of a fig tree for me is it would have to be a house plant (zone 5).

Sorry to hear about your job, but it sounds like you have a good attitude about it.

gardenmomma (Chris) said...

Thanks, Carol! Life is good and things will be okay. I've heard that the fruit from the fig tree is messy. I have 2 dogs that would be more than happy to eat it, I'm sure...but the mess they would leave after would be worse than the fruit! :(

Annie in Austin said...

Hi Chris,

Your butterfly weed looks great - I had one two years ago and need to get another.

I sure hope the "window" that opens has a good view. As to the fig, I've got one in a deck container. It never got large and has only a handful of delicious figs. I cloned one branch, and planted the little figlet in the yard, but it hasn't done much yet. They do well in gardens around here - Zone 8 but do have occasional freeze back. Do you do GardenWeb? They have one forum that is just for figs.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

gardenmomma (Chris) said...

Hi Annie,
Well, the view is pretty mediocre right now, but I'd plan to spruce it up some. I thought a pretty island garden with a small tree, birdbath, etc. to draw some wildlife and interest. I'll check out GardenWeb; I've been there before, but not for figs. Thanks for stopping by!