A peek at the new ‘scape.

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I managed to weed the three front flower beds the other day during a particularly well-timed (and lengthy) nap, leaving the little yellow flower all the room it could hope for. I’ll need to prune the roses, as they’re a bit leggy and poking their way onto the walk. Rose pruning where I grew up was in September. I have a feeling it’s different here. I’ll have to look unless any of you knowledgeable folk (who seem to have evacuated my area to cooler climes!) might know?

I’ve yet to mow (which I am looking forward to, I’ve always loved mowing) so am finding myself with a solid grasp of where the St. Augustine stops and the crab grass begins. I’ve been eyeing the wind and the shadows, the rain run off and the lengthy hours of sun. Hopefully by the end of summer when I start to build some beds I will have decided on the best spots, but only time will tell.

We’ve been having cooler temperatures (only low 90s most days) and it’s actually rained at least once a week it seems for the past long while. The fire flies started in late April and are still glowing their way through thickets and underbrush. I first saw them this year the day before I became a mother. I told the child in me that they’d better hurry up or they’d miss the fire flies this year. She definitely hurried up and here we are, two months later, and while she cannot yet see them herself, I still point them out on our evening walk. I await the squeals of glee next year when she sees one for the first time.

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9 comments on “A peek at the new ‘scape.

  1. Shannon says:

    It’s sounds as if you’re closer to our Houston-muggy-subtropical climate. St.Augustine is a wonderful grass as is it easy to care for and chokes out everything else. Crabgrass is easily remedied — pull up the whole plant with some boiling water and a pitchfork! What is the lonely yellow flower?

    Hope motherhood is all you expected it to be. You must be all settled into her routine by now. And !! to already be back to putzying about the yard!

    • plumdirt says:

      The crab grass appears to have taken over the shade-less area, about 40′ x 15’…I’m hoping to find a bag for the mower (haven’t bagged clippings since I was…maybe six?) to capture the seeds. Then I’m not sure I’ll have the time for my usual method (which was missing the boiling water component.) Perhaps that area will just get cardboarded and cease to be lawn.

      I’m not sure on the lonely yellow flower. Some daisy cousin it looks like.

      We only moved a few miles southeast as the crow flies, but have managed to find our way slightly out of the urban heat/humidity bubble to cooler evenings and mornings than before.

      We’re pretty settled into her routine (when she doesn’t change it) and I just went back to work so we’ll savor the yard time as it comes!

  2. Prune those roses whenever they won’t be too stressed by the heat, but early enough that any new growth can harden-off before the cold weather…assuming you GET cold weather šŸ˜‰
    I just spent 5 days back in North Texas…I miss it more than I ever thought I did…

  3. Robbie says:

    fireflies( long sigh)…to be a kid again running and chasing fireflies! The best part of being a kid:-) Your space looks great:-) I am no good with roses, so can’t help you there:-)

  4. Karen says:

    I tend to prune my roses whenever they need it except when there is going to be extreme weather. I know that you will be turning your new home’s gardens into something to be proud of. šŸ™‚

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