Friday, January 16, 2015

Altered Direction

I've missed writing Hill Country Mysteries.  Seemed too hard to meet newspaper deadlines and write posts here too...but I miss the blog and you so I'm starting again. This time, more pithy and more pictures.  Same subjects--the idiosyncrasies of Texas life, excitement of travel, beauty of gardens, flora and fauna, and delicious flavors on the table and in the glass.

Gardens are on my mind these days, mostly because of the sweep of dead grass in our backyard.  Denny and I have a plan for the space, sort-of.  We argued until we were together on what we wanted but we're still a ways apart on how to get there--terrace and paths, fountain and raised beds--materials? methodology?  The only thing I really know is the kind of plants I want in the space.  How is it that planning a small space is so much harder than landscaping an acre in the country?

For now, we look at this:

Someday my herbs will have a proper bed. 
And my fledgling border plants, American beautyberry, Turk's Cap, yellow passion-flower, dutchman's pipevine, shrimp plant and red columbine--all chosen for wildlife value--will be lush and full, nourishing birds, bees and butterflies.

For now, we find other beauty.

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  1. I'm tickled to read you are back with intentions to post regularly here again. I'm also pleased to see your collection of wildlife supportive native plants is off to a great start. And what a fun prospect - a relatively blank slate of a space to put together from scratch!

    I always think I'd love the chance to do that - fill in an absolutely empty area. I forget how daunting it can be. Fortunately you and Denny make an amazing team. Can't wait to see what you come up with! (and let me know if you are interested in some passalong plants!)

  2. It's good to see you back Kathleen. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress with your blank slate.

  3. Dorothy Borders, TexasDeb and Jayne, thank you! Good to catch up with old friends. I've gathered gardening ideas from each of your blogs. When I first found you, Jayne, you were just starting to transform a bare backyard and now it's a year-round pleasure. Deb, I'd LOVE passalong plants this spring! Dorothy, I pass through your town sometimes on my way to my sister's place, would be fun to see your garden in person.

  4. Hi Kathleen,
    I'm happy you're back here. I've missed you blogging, even if I kept up with you on Twitter. Good luck with your garden. Ours needs some serious attention, too.
    Enjoy your weekend,

  5. Thanks for adding me to your blogroll. :)
    Have a great weekend,

  6. This is a much different space than your old garden. The wild spaces and the water feature were my favorites. I am looking forward to seeing what you do here.


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