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Welcome! As "Annie in Austin" I blog about gardening in Austin, TX with occasional looks back at our former gardens in Illinois. My husband Philo & I also make videos - some use garden images as background for my original songs, some capture Austin events & sometimes we share videos of birds in our garden. Come talk about gardens, movies, music, genealogy and Austin at the Transplantable Rose and listen to my original songs on YouTube. For an overview read Three Gardens, Twenty Years. Unless noted, these words and photos are my copyrighted work.
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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Oh Please, Dear March, Don't Turn Into a Lion

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


  1. It is a wonderful time of year. It is a little scary with it warming up so early. I am just going to relax and enjoy it, I hope you do too.

    1. Thanks, Lisa! We had 4+ nice inches of rain, there's no cold in sight and everything is early. But with 3 sets of guests expected between March 18th and April 6th, there should be a lot of enjoying, but not much relaxing!


  2. How nie that you got to enjoy those blooms that sometimes never happen. But I was just looking at my dicliptera this afternoon and noticed all kinds of dried up burnt foliage. What the heck! Then I remembered we had a FROST. Yes, it's that time of year. And now today a ferocious wind.

  3. What a shame! We escaped by a couple of degrees on this last round - glad I hadn't planted any basil yet. Wind blew some pots over but no damage that I can see.


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