In early March 2015 late deep freezes blasted the Texas Mountain Laurels and I wrote this lament.
This year March arrived sweetly, and everything has been pretty peachy so far - but crazy early.
The oldest Texas Mountain Laurel bloomed unfrozen for the first time in years. It's fading now but wonderful to see.
The fig, Forest Pansy redbud and dwarf pomegranate have leaves.
A few Bluebonnets have opened with Blackfoot daisies.
and the white-flowered, passalong Cemetery iris have started, too.
A bag of Leucojum/Snowflake bulbs were an impulse buy last fall - oh, how glad I am this spring that I gave in to temptation!
Closeup of the snowflakes - we can't have snowdrops and we can't have Lily of the Valley, but by gum we can have Leucojum 'Gravetye Giant'.
Yesterday the Lady Banks rose began to pop.
And the peach iris began to stretch their flower stalks up to the sun.
Tonight Austin is under a watch for thunderstorms with possible hail so as usual it's fingers crossed for no bad surprises.
Annie in Austin, writing at the Transplantable Rose blog
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