photo: iris Sneezy
Bearded iris ‘Sneezy’

April 16th, 2002
Iris ‘Sneezy’

Sadly, ‘Sneezy’ bloomed in my garden only once and then disappeared. Experiences like this persuade me that I’d be better off just forgetting the garden and buying cut flowers instead.

Whenever an iris opens, I fall in love with it, forsaking all others.

April 14th, 2002
Iris ‘Altruist’

The bearded irises have really begun blooming this week, beginning with ‘Altruist’ on April 8th, then ‘Champagne Elegance’ on April 9th, and ‘Incantation’ today.

Whenever an iris opens, I fall in love with it, forsaking all others. This week, as you can see from the gallery. I’m in love with ‘Altruist‘ .
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photo: Indian Hawthorn
Rhaphiolepis indica — Indian Hawthorn

April 12th, 2002
Indian Hawthorn

A native of China, Indian hawthorn Rhaphiolepis Indica is ubiquitous in traditional suburban landscapes and commercial landscapes here in Austin. Why? Because it is a tough, evergreen shrub that can be used in a hedge. It doesn’t wilt in the summer; its glossy leaves always seem fresh and cool. In late spring, it is covered with small, pale pink flowers. After a frost, some leaves turn a bright orange or red, but like live oaks, the old leaves remain until the new leaves push them out.
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