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Spring in Texas

May 21, 2010

This has been the most wonderful Texas Spring. Ever. After the drought we had last summer, it feels very much like a Garden of Eden this year!

About a month ago, we drove a few miles up the road to Brenham, Texas, home of Blue Bell Ice Cream and some of the most beautiful fields of Bluebonnets, our state flower. Somehow these two things seem to be an integral part of being ‘Texan’. If you’ve ever lived or visited here, you probably know what I mean- it’s part of our heritage.

Brenham bluebonnet

So as it was, we spent the afternoon taking photos like these, just meandering through several wide open fields that speckle the landscape along Highway 290. The fields were probably all private property, but thanks to the understanding and hospitable owners, hundreds of other people were doing the same thing we were. I think it must be some sort of unspoken Texas way of being ‘don’t smash our bluebonnets to pieces, and you can take all the pictures you like’. A nice, simple way to see things.

We were graced with a multitude of perfect days like this one. Who would have guessed, after the burning summer we had last year and the crazy cold and snowy winter? I’ll take it- I’m not going to complain one bit!

And it’s days like that which have produced  fantastically producing uh, produce. The ‘maters are as Ron White would say, LLLOOOOAAADDEED, and some

LLLLOOOOAAAADDDEED!

have just dropped green biggies to the ground. That’s fine, we like those green ‘maters battered and fried! But tons are still on the vine and beginning to turn various shades of yellow, orange, pink and red. Plucked a couple of banana peppers and these beets this morning. Peppers went on today’s salad lunch with some goat cheese and avocado topped with vinaigrette. The beets are about to be plopped in the pot and boiled as a side veggie with tonight’s dinner.The greens will be sautéed with bacon…yum!

Backyard Beets

I anticipate the carrots I planted to be ready in another few weeks. The lettuce is finito; I left a few stalks in the ground to flower and seed so I will be able to start again next year for free. I am so grateful for this Spring!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Chris permalink
    May 27, 2010 2:25 am

    Looks beautiful!

    I envy with the garden abundance you have. Jealous, jealous, jealous! Being in the mountains I am being forced to learn new growing seasons and garden patience. Last weekend it was 78 degrees, and two days later it was snowing for three days.

    Cheers!

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