Then you had to leaf
Tuesday, March 7th, 2023 Alive 18,942 days
Is the poinsettia dead?
Thursday, December 8th, 2022 Alive 18,853 days
We got a nice little Christmas present today. After a year of doing a whole lot of not very much, the camellia bush is blooming.
Thursday, October 27th, 2022 Alive 18,811 days
Autumn is here. Time to replace all the plants in my garden that were killed by the Texas summer.
Saturday, June 25th, 2022 Alive 18,687 days
This morning, one of the bushes in my garden decided to surprise me with yellow flowers.
The smell of a bakery?
Saturday, April 30th, 2022 Alive 18,631 days
Grass, flowers, turtle, rock. Everyoneʼs looking in the same direction. Except for me. Iʼm looking at them looking at something else. Must be quite a show.
Tuesday, March 29th, 2022 Alive 18,599 days
It is said that in Houston, you can plant broomsticks and grow brooms. Itʼs a way of saying that the cityʼs location, geology, and weather are so well-suited to growing plants that if you canʼt grow something, the problem is you.
Thatʼs mostly true, but only if you get enough light. If youʼre in a north-facing apartment, youʼre just as hampered in your growing efforts as someone facing north in Chicago, or Los Angeles.
To grow plants in Houston, you need a lot of sun to counteract all of the excess moisture you have to deal with. That's why under the city's proud canopies of oak trees, the vegetation is usually sparse, or in varying states of decay. If you get dappled sunlight, you might have luck with foxtail ferns, but the important word there is still ”luck.”
A good example is at Houston City Hall, where the mighty oaks spread their branches, bogarting the sunlight and leaving everything underneath to rot. It all looks really bad. But in the sunny spots, you can see the landscapers are doing a great job with the flowers.
Saturday, February 26th, 2022 Alive 18,568 days
There are parts of Houston that are really ugly. But there are also parts that are really pretty, and very often those are places where the city has made an effort to plant flowers.
I wandered through Main Street Square in the rain today, and the flowers are in full bloom.
Monday, September 6th, 2021 Alive 18,395 days
My tiny moss has made a tiny flower.
Thursday, May 27th, 2021 Alive 18,293 days
The two sunflowers Iʼm trying to grow in three-inch terra cotta pots have gone from silly to ludicrous. Oneʼs about four feet tall, the other about three-and-a-half. The seed packet said theyʼd grow to between 12 and 20 feet tall. Theyʼd better get a wiggle on if they want to reach that height before I move.
Monday, April 19th, 2021 Alive 18,255 days
A few weeks ago, one of Darcieʼs fleaBay packages arrived with a packet of sunflower seeds in it. So I stuck one in the lavender pot on my desk.
The packet says it should grow between eight and 12 feet tall. What could possibly go wrong?
Like nothing at all?
Monday, March 15th, 2021 Alive 18,220 days
I wonder if a daisy smells the same to her as it does to me.
Sunday, July 29th, 2018 Alive 17,260 days
I hope my neighbors like flowers, because my flowers sure like the neighbors!