Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Foliage Follow-Up - March 16, 2010

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.


  1. What an amazing and wonderful way to keep family history alive - with passalong plants.

    Fingers crossed for your mulberry trees - perhaps this year will be kinder to all of us than last year was, weather wise!

    I'd never seen that wild dill before - how sweet it looks. Does it get very tall - are you able to harvest and eat it?

  2. I love your passalong daylilies, the perfect way to keep family memories alive. I've never encountered wild dill, so I don't know how tall it gets. Keep us updated on it's progress.

  3. The resilience of plants always amazes me. What a wonderful gift to have plants handed down over the generations. Unfortunately, my mother and grandmother were not gardeners ;-)

  4. Hi Texas Deb and Jane. The wild dill stays low 5" - 12" and wispy. But it makes up for that in profusion. The deer don't eat it so it stays around until the heat burns it off, long enough for one and sometimes more generations of black swallowtails. I've tasted. The flavor is mild but sweeter than the dill I've grown from seed. I'd use it fresh sprinkled on at the end of cooking if I was going to use it.

  5. Even here in sunny California we have a spring -- perhaps not as dramatic as the beautiful photos of your area attest, but it's spring just the same!

  6. The change of season is always incredible.
    Thank for sharing your view of it.
    Spring is my all time favourite.... I could get used to a Texas version of it I think.

  7. Such a beautiful post! It is interesting the way that deer will eat some things, but not others. Happy Spring!


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