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