Spring has sprung, the grass is ris,
I wonder where the boidies is
The boid is on the wing,
The wing is on the boid!
Or, if you prefer
Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And ’tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.
William Wordsworth, ‘Lines Written in Early Spring
I went out to observe the Spring –
Milk and Wine Lily
Hot Country Lily
Though here we call ‘em Ditch Lilies
I love this small wildflower (aka weed) and currently have a yard full of them. And, they have many uses. Protection - against evil and ill wishes and against disease and illness. Weather predictor: At the approach of a rain storm when the petals close up. Plus they tell us of the arrival of spring winds. Lastly, they attract fairies and other magic folk.
They produce large, daisy-like flowers in bright yellow and orange all summer. This is a new plant to my garden. Good things - they are drought-tolerant, can tolerate our heat, grow in any type of soil.
Empress of China Tree
Golden Dew Drop
I’ve had a few of these and ultimately get annoyed and dig them up. Reason? It’s a shrub than can get up to 10 ft tall, the multi-stemmed branches are droopy, and they have sharp spines. They need lots of room. In the fall they put on bunches of golden berries which the birds love.
This is a Texas native wildflower. So, Did You Know? Many types of paintbrush are parasitic, which means that they rely on the roots of other plants to grow. For this reason, it is hard to transplant some paintbrush plants.
with little baby peaches!
Everybody should recognize this one. If you run over a bunch with the lawnmower, the whole yard has an oniony-garlic scent. And, it’s an edible weed. The flowers have a stronger taste; the greens a bit milder. Use them in salads, bread or pasta dough, pesto or salsa, with potatoes, eggs and mushrooms. It’s a tender herb so add at the end of any cooking process.
I found a field of them just up the street.
Texas Mountain Laurel
OK – this one is in a neighbor’s yard. I love Texas Mountain Laurel. I’ve tried for some time to grow one from seed but they are very slow to germinate and I’ve had no success yet. This is a large shrub with lavender or violet pea flowers that smell like grape Kool Aid. It’s heat and drought tolerant (good for us here) and grows pretty much in any soil.
And, lastly – this isn’t really a “spring” thing but I love this tree.
Dubbed by me as “The Mistletoe Tree”
Mistletoe is a hemiparasitic (obtains water and minerals from the host plant) that grows on a wide variety of trees. Mistletoe preparations have been used medicinally in Europe for centuries to treat epilepsy, infertility, hypertension, and arthritis. The Druids revered the oak tree and the mistletoe that grew on it, according to Roman author and naturalist Gaius Plinius Secundus (also known as Pliny the Elder). At the winter celebration of Samhain, the sacred oaks were bare except for the green boughs of mistletoe, and this was taken as a sign of eternal fertility. The Celts also placed a sprig of mistletoe above the door of their houses and its sacred nature prohibited fighting beneath it.
1 Mar 2020