This is the best our yard will ever look

There is about a 3-4 week period in the spring where, in Austin, we experience essentially the opposite of the perfect storm:

  • We enjoy moderate rainfall several times a month
  • The average temperature ranges between 50 and 80 degrees
  • The sun’s rays bathe the garden until around 8:30 p.m.
  • The threat of a late winter freeze is virtually non existent
  • Mosquitoes and other pesky insects have not yet metamorphosed from their larva state

It’s absolutely the best 3-4 weeks of the year where the temps are perfect, the insects are minimal and plant life is stunning. Without question, this is the happiest of times for man, beast and plant. I’m going to document this moment like crazy because I won’t see it again for 12 months.

So green and luscious, perfect for patio-ing.

So green and luscious, perfect for patio-ing.

The veggie garden grows bigger by the day.

The broccoli will be ripe for the pickin' before too long.

The broccoli will be ripe for the pickin’ before too long.

green onions should be ideal in a month

green onions should be ideal in a month

purple iris and globe mallow

fireworks gomphrena

iris

iris

knockoutrose

knockout rose blooming in the front yard

knockoutrosebloom

blooming rose

marigold

marigolds

salvia

purple salvia

yellowiris

yellow iris and knock out rose

yellowsnapdragon

yellow snap dragon

All the blooms make it ideal for picking centerpiece bouquets, a hobby we can really only enjoy during this brief window of opportunity.

handpickedbouquet


7 Comments on “This is the best our yard will ever look”

  1. kmom says:

    Lovely, gentle spring. Enjoy it while you can. At least fall offers some relief after a brutal summer. We can always hope for a more benign season than usual. The garden looks beautiful now.

  2. Joy says:

    It all looks so beautiful. Enjoy.

  3. Mara says:

    You’re right about idealic episode. Climbing at Enchanted Rock or hiking was over with by end of April for same reason plus the ticks started full force then. We hit 70’s one day but back to night time freeze again just after I got everything planted.

  4. Sara says:

    Lived in Austin for 8 1/2 years….oh how I miss Central TX in spring time! Thanks for sharing!


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