This is the view from the roof that I'm tearing down today. The neighbors are already planting the garden. I sold them the Lifetime composter. The frogs came up from their winter mud bath ,about a week ago.
Many bugs took winter shelter in the house that I'm demolishing. After being uncovered, some bask in the sun, then fly away. All move very slowly at first. Yellow jackets are completely immobile at first. They make easy prey for birds. A thrush has been working the piles of recycled lumber.
I started planting my garden today. It rained this morning, and snowed at sunset, but there was a nice couple of hours in late afternoon that were beautiful, and the surface of the soil was dry, so it was a great opportunity to host a garden party and plant favas. I also started harvesting the garden today, by digging sunroots that overwintered in the garden.
This is the third night in a row that it started snowing about dusk. We got six inches on snow the first night. Four inches melted during the day. Then we got another 6", and 4 of it melted during the day. The favas, peas, onions, parsnips, and garbanzos are loving this weather! Lots of water means good root system establishment.
Spring is wildflower season in Central Texas, with successions of annual flowers blooming throughout the natural areas and gardens at the Center. Below are flowers you might find blooming here from March through May.
Invasive plants are Earth's way of insisting we notice her medicines.
Everyone learns what works by learning what doesn't work.
So far only the Manzanitas and Alpine Buttercups are blooming here. Just getting started. But Spring also means warm days with stunning views. The snow has melted down low, and all the trails are starting to become accessible.