My favorite foliage this follow-up day is a Daylily of unknown variety. My 84 year old mother gave me starts from her garden last year. She got her starts from her mother's garden, before her mother passed away in the early 1970's.
I thought mine died in last year's extreme weather. Mom said not to worry, they'd come back. They did. Seeing family history out of my bedroom window is sweet.
Our two mulberry trees (species unknown, but David Will says they'll grow here and so far they are) are budding out. Three years ago, we levered boulders from the bedrock on the side of the house and planted the trees, remembering how warblers flock to fruiting mulberries in fall. Maybe this year, without the stress of drought, they'll bloom and fruit.
I was glad to see a scattering of small Standing Cypress (Ipomopsis rubra) from a year-ago seeding in a wildish area out back. Surprised that the deer hadn't eaten them, hopeful this year the deer will find other more palatable munchings.Last June hummingbirds did aerial battle over the front-yard drift of standing cypress blooms.
Black swallowtail butterflies will be flying soon, looking for hosts for the next generation, like this tiny dill, a wild annual that appears only in spring.
For more Foliage Follow-up, click on over to Digging, where Pam hosts gardens from here, there and everywhere.
Hope your spring brings renewal to you as well as the plants.
Words and photos by Kathleen Scott,for her blog Hill Country Mysteries. Copyright 2009-2010.