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The Changing Seasons – June

The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge hosted by Cardinal Guzman. The rules are simple. Choose an area and every month take pictures of that area.

I chose my flowerbeds. Starting in January they were quite barren. Six months into the year and they are busting with blooms!

Autumn Sage and Knockout Roses

Autumn Sage and Knockout Roses

flowers

Gerber Daisy

Gerber Daisy

Yellow Roses

Yellow Roses

Oleander

Oleander

Joseph's Coat Rose

Joseph’s Coat Rose

I have 2 new additions this month. The first is a little Bald Cypress. We found it on sale at Walmart for $5.00! And the little guy is quite healthy.

Bald Cypress

Bald Cypress

The second is a Hardy Hibiscus. I have killed many hibiscus. Each year I swear I’ll get it inside before the first freeze and every year I fail. But Tina found me this Hardy Hibiscus. She was told it should survive a Texas winter….lets hope for the best!

In case you question the chicken wire around the plants….remember I have a Labrador Retriever named Sugar!!

Hardy Hibiscus

Hardy Hibiscus

flowers

Yellow Rose

Yellow Rose

Black Eyed Susan Vine

Black Eyed Susan Vine

Changing Seasons

Month four of the Changing Seasons Challenge….sponsored by Cardinal Guzman.

Several big changes have happened in the backyard over the last month.

You may notice in this first picture…..a huge grassy, overgrown, out of control plant. One of those obnoxious plants  occupied each corner of the flowerbed. I dug them both out!!
Oh yeah….that was a task!

Cousin It Plant

Cousin It Plant

after the digging

after the digging

I replaced those “Cousin It” plants (as we call them) with 2 lovely climbing roses. The first is a Joseph’s Coat Rose

Joseph's Coat - Rose

Joseph’s Coat – Rose

The first bud

The first bud

And second a lovely climbing rose with tiny white flowers (not sure of name – yes I buy and plant flowers without knowing their legal names!)

climbing rose - name unknown

climbing rose – name unknown

The other big change in the yard this month was the removal of a dead Cypress tree. This little guy didn’t stand a chance against Sugar (the lab).

dead cypress

dead cypress

And in its place a bottle tree. If you aren’t familiar with bottle trees, I’ve attached a link that explains a bit about them. They actually have a long history. I just think they are quirky and fun.

step on - a pole!

step on – a pole!

add bottles!

add bottles!

bottle tree

One might ask why the last photo has chicken wire around the bottom…..Sugar, that’s why! I planted flowers around the bottle tree. Once they take root they will withstand Sugar (the lab) but until they are strong…I must protect them!

Sugar - the plant killing dog

Sugar – the plant killing dog

Now that I have shared the big changes of the past month….let me share the blooms of this past month. Winter is certainly over!

flower bed

Trumpet Vine

Trumpet Vine

Flamingo overlooks the flowerbed

Flamingo overlooks the flowerbed

Rose bud

Rose bud

And finally…the Texas Red Bud. The beautiful blooms are gone…and for the next 7-8 months just leaves!

Texas Red Bud

Texas Red Bud

The Changing Seasons (Month 3)

My flower bed doesn’t look a lot different from last month. But I’m excited about the changes that are coming.

Right now the grass is still brown and many plants remain dormant. But buds are popping out from the tree branches and signs of Spring are slowly peeking out from the earth.

I was excited today to find a little visitor under the bushes out front. Fortunately for the bunny he chose the front yard instead of the back….he probably heard rumors about the recent demise of one of his relatives at the paws of Sugar.

A friendly visitor

A friendly visitor

The Autumn Sage is slowly returning to its bushy self.

Autumn Sage

Autumn Sage

The roses are still a few weeks off…but the leaves are healthy and growing.

Rose Bush

Rose Bush

The Texas Red Bud was only a stick when it first came to live in our yard 2 years ago….it looks like this year’s blooms will be beautiful.

Texas Red Bud

Texas Red Bud

The front flower bed still looks pretty bare…but not for long.

Front flower bed

By the Flamingo

The metal dog is surrounded by dormant plants….but soon he will be surrounded by green.

Metal Dog

Metal Dog

Thank you for stopping by my changing seasons….if you would like to see more photos from around the world visit Cardinal Guzman’s page and see how the seasons are changing for others.

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons

I just learned of this challenge from the blog My Life Lived Full. I’ve debated whether a “changing season” challenge is something I should undertake. Living in Texas several months go by when there seems to be little change in the landscape.

Before I moved to Texas I was told…”The difference between Winter and Summer in Texas is: in the Winter the trees are bare, the grass is brown and the skies are blue. In the Summer the trees have leaves, the grass is brown and the sky is blue!” This explanation has proven to be true. However, there are some differences in the flower beds…so that’s where I’ve decided to focus.

When I first moved to Texas, 16 years ago, an elderly neighbor told me to cut my rose bushes back in February. I have always followed her advice and no matter how far back I cut them they always come back in a grand and beautiful way! So here it is February, the rose bushes are cut back, and I have chosen to share photos of my flower beds for this season changing challenge.

back flower bed 1

Overview of the backyard flowerbed

Peeking his head out...is it Spring yet?

Peeking his head out…is it Spring yet?

Knock out roses

Knock out roses

Frog

It looks so bare in the winter

It looks so bare in the winter

Autumn Sage

Autumn Sage

Why bricks around the redbud? A lab named Sugar!

Why bricks around the redbud? A lab named Sugar!

Front flower bed

Front flower bed

Flower bed front

If you would like to see how others are interpreting this challenge you can find their photos here

“The rules were simple and I’m very glad that a lot of you decided to join the challenge. If you haven’t joined, but feel like joining, it’s not too late. The idea behind it is to get you to shoot often and continuously, to build up your portfolio, get some photographic experience and have fun. This way you’ll capture the changing seasons throughout the year.” Cardinal Guzman