Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Moved to the country!

About a month ago I moved from the city of Austin, TX to my partner’s acreage in Kingsbury, TX. So, calling it my acreage is a bit inaccurate but, since I’m in charge of the landscaping, it feels like mine. We live on about 2.5 acres here in Guadalupe County. I’ve never lived in the country before but, so far, I love it. The night sky is free of light pollution and coyotes can be heard yipping in the distance. Walking from the main house to the little one I use for my office, I’ve startled rabbits out of the brush and I’m told I should be careful of copperheads as the weather warms. Our nest boxes are full of bluebirds, chickadees, and wrens. The red Drummond phlox attracts at least two kinds of swallowtails – the pipevines and the giant (at least that’s what I think it is). The wildflowers are in bloom all around us. Life is good out here and I’ll write more as the season moves from spring to summer and as my landscaping projects get underway. This evening when it cools down a bit I’ll put the flame acanthus in the ground. It miraculously survived the winter in pots.