Is Spring really here?

I’ve dug out from under the tax receipts and see the light of day.  (Well, okay, the sky is actually grey, and it’s been raining on & off for two days, but even if there isn’t bright sunlight, there is light.)

I’ve gone out to take photos of the plants who declare that it’s spring.  Who am I to doubt them?


This rose is a Mrs. Dudley Cross, and here is her first bloom of spring.  Dudley Cross is supposed to be one of the easiest antique roses to grow.  Although this rose isn’t particularly fragrant, it does sport fewer thorns than the average bush and from past experience, I know she stays relatively healthy.  I have two of them.



Above is one of my coral honeysuckles (Lonicera sempervirens) in bloom. I have four.  I wanted one SO badly last year and whined for one at Pandora’s Box, the antique/junk/plant store.  I ended up taking cuttings off of one locally, but didn’t know if the cuttings would root so when I found one at the local Master Gardener’s plant sale, I bought it.  Of course, when I went back to Pandora’s Box, they had ordered some so I felt guilty and bought one there too.  All four are thriving. Fortunately, they’re not as aggressive as a Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica).


This red columbine also thinks it’s spring.


One of my crinum (not sure which variety) agrees with the columbine that spring has sprung.  Was trying to make this look like a giant nest.  Yes, I know, it’s a bit weird.


And finally, here’s the chimney pot I repaired and painted moved into place with a sedum stuck in it.

In terms of weather, it’s been a very odd winter and spring in east Texas.  Would love to hear about what’s going on in your yard.

To end this post on a peaceful note:


3 thoughts on “Is Spring really here?

  1. Lovely spring flowers. What a pretty rose. The red columbines and coral honeysuckle make a great splash of colour and your chimney looks great with a plant. Autumnal weather has yet to descend here and this week it will remain in the high 20s and low 30s. There are still some blue plumbago flowers in our garden and the big African coral tree next door still has green leaves so it still feels like summer. This summer in Melbourne has been strange as well, with quite cold days interspersed between warmer weather, so the lawn and plants have remained fairly green without any 40 C+ days.

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  2. I love plumbago. I have three, but right now all three are dormant. I know for certain one is still alive, but it’s “wait and see” for the other two. I’ll have to look on the Internet to see what an African coral tree looks like. Do you get a change in leaf color in autumn?

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    1. Our Plumbago flowers in late summer and needs repeated pruning as it goes berserk. The coral tree leaves turn yellow in autumn. It is a huge tree so there are masses of leaves falling. In spring the red flowers look like coral and the Wattle Birds, an Australian Honeyeater, love the nectar. It is a brittle tree with nasty thorns and when the branches fall in storms you have to be careful when removing these.

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