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Rising Sun Redbud Tree Continued….

On October 6, 2020, we posted an article on this blog about our new Rising Sun Redbud Tree.  We planted it with such great expectations of year round color including spring flowers and a combination of three different colors of leaves throughout the summer.  Then came February 2021!  For the past several weeks, we have been wondering whether this newly planted tree would survive the “storm of the century.”   A couple of days ago we got our answer.  At close inspection, we saw flower buds starting to form.  Within a few days, it exploded with beautiful light purple flowers closely followed by some light green leaves. 

I have been encouraged watching plants coming back to life over the past few weeks.  Many plants looked dead but now are starting to show signs of life.  I’m sure we will lose plants at Raincatcher’s garden as well as our own gardens, but so far I am feeling hopeful that these plants have a great will to continue to live!!!

Jackie James – Dallas County Master Gardener Class of 1993

Photos by Jackie and Starla Willis

Redbud Trees Planted by Dallas County Master Gardener Eric!


A Texas Spring

Like an orchestra warming up, the exquisite period of spring is just about to lift the baton for the opening crescendo.  Nature gifts us with a few achingly beautiful days every year: a December snowfall, a flutter of yellow leaves in crisp November.  But, for me, the most breathtaking time of the year comes in a few days in March when spring quietly tells you it’s on its way.

Close your eyes and smell deeply of a Texas spring.  It comforts you with the humid promise of drenching rains and crackling thunderstorms.  The sweet grape Kool-Aid perfume of Texas Mountain Laurel drifts by. Black compost, filled with earthiness, crumbles in your hand.

Texas Mountain Laurel  

Listen for signs of a Texas spring.  The red cardinal sits up on top of the bare branches of a cedar elm, sings for a mate.  The mud from today’s rain sucks at your shoes. The white wing dove coos. 

Redbud Tree Blooming In Spring

Finally, look for a Texas spring.  Not in shoulder to shoulder tulip blooms. Rather, one can find spring in native redbuds bursting out in vibrant pink branches in a field of deciduous brown.  Or in tall spiderwort thrusting their hot pink flowers high above a mass of foliage.  Or in the Mexican plum’s first white blooms, pretty as the lace of a bride’s dress.

A Texas spring.  Savor it this year.


Thank you, Steven Schartzman, for use of his pictures from the blog: Portraits of a Wildflower

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