Changing Seasons

Month four of the Changing Seasons Challenge….sponsored by Cardinal Guzman.

Several big changes have happened in the backyard over the last month.

You may notice in this first picture…..a huge grassy, overgrown, out of control plant. One of those obnoxious plants  occupied each corner of the flowerbed. I dug them both out!!
Oh yeah….that was a task!

Cousin It Plant

Cousin It Plant

after the digging

after the digging

I replaced those “Cousin It” plants (as we call them) with 2 lovely climbing roses. The first is a Joseph’s Coat Rose

Joseph's Coat - Rose

Joseph’s Coat – Rose

The first bud

The first bud

And second a lovely climbing rose with tiny white flowers (not sure of name – yes I buy and plant flowers without knowing their legal names!)

climbing rose - name unknown

climbing rose – name unknown

The other big change in the yard this month was the removal of a dead Cypress tree. This little guy didn’t stand a chance against Sugar (the lab).

dead cypress

dead cypress

And in its place a bottle tree. If you aren’t familiar with bottle trees, I’ve attached a link that explains a bit about them. They actually have a long history. I just think they are quirky and fun.

step on - a pole!

step on – a pole!

add bottles!

add bottles!

bottle tree

One might ask why the last photo has chicken wire around the bottom…..Sugar, that’s why! I planted flowers around the bottle tree. Once they take root they will withstand Sugar (the lab) but until they are strong…I must protect them!

Sugar - the plant killing dog

Sugar – the plant killing dog

Now that I have shared the big changes of the past month….let me share the blooms of this past month. Winter is certainly over!

flower bed

Trumpet Vine

Trumpet Vine

Flamingo overlooks the flowerbed

Flamingo overlooks the flowerbed

Rose bud

Rose bud

And finally…the Texas Red Bud. The beautiful blooms are gone…and for the next 7-8 months just leaves!

Texas Red Bud

Texas Red Bud

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13 thoughts on “Changing Seasons

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  2. roweeee

    Tree, you’ve done so well out in the garden. I planted a few things recently but am yet to plant the last lot I bought, which are still in the box and thanks to having plenty of rain lately, I haven’t killed them.
    Sugar looks so innocent and I would never have taken her for a plant killer but then I saw my little dog eat a dead rabbit she’d found and that left me with no illusions about her killing capabilities. So much for being a cute and fluffy!
    Awful weather has set in here with howling winds, rain and cold. We’ve thus spent the last day of the school holidays indoors. We had so much to unpack it was a nightmare but we’re almost ready for the new school term.
    xx Rowena

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    1. treerabold Post author

      Yeah the innocent face of a puppy as they dig happily in the flowerbeds!!
      I guess you all are headed for winter as we head toward summer.
      It’s hard to imagine we are experiencing opposite seasons!

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  3. Sue

    Haha- love the Cousin It reference. We had a dog that killed trees too. He was the best dog ever, though. He was worth losing a few trees.

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  4. joannesisco

    Interesting about the bottle tree. That was a new one for me and yours is very nice 🙂
    I was most intrigued by your trumpet vine … and more specifically, the chicken wire used as a trellis. What a brilliant idea! I’ve been puzzling over the climbing challenges of my clematis for a while … it never occurred to me to use chicken wire! Thanks 🙂

    I looks like your gardens are really taking shape. We are just starting to see the first buds popping out. I still have my fingers crossed that my hydraegenas have survived the winter. They look questionable.

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    1. treerabold Post author

      I’m hoping the best for you and your hydrangeas!! 😉
      I’m glad you like the chicken wire. I’ve used it in 2 places on the fence and it works really well.
      Chicken wire + staple gun = trellis! (Easy math) 😜

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      1. treerabold Post author

        anytime….I’m here to help 🙂 Do you notice (I’m saying this because you mention not having the DIY instinct) I did not lay the chicken wire flat against the fence….kind of made waves…to give it more of a 3 dimensions look

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