Back in the swing of things

It’s been a long couple of weeks, sorry for going missing. The good news is that my dad’s surgery went well and he went home from the hospital on Friday. And I got to spend lots of time with my Nana and my mom.

I was only gone for 5 days, but I swear everything in the garden grew a foot! We ate our first zucchini from the garden last night, raw on a salad, and it was delicious. I hope you can see Kitty here behind the gorgeous coral bean, having her morning salad. This plant is in a kind of forgotten corner of the back yard, behind the compost heap. I know they freeze back in Austin, but I’m hoping it grows big and strong like the one at Barton Springs Nursery. So beautiful!

I am very excited about an informal tour of gardens in Crestview that is happening next weekend. I missed the big Mothers’ Day weekend tour in Austin that included Tom Spencer’s garden, and I am really disappointed about that. But I’m looking forward to meeting some folks in the neighborhood and nosing around their gardens.


  1. mss @ Zanthan Gardens

    May 18, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Hope your dad’s doing all right.

    I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who likes coral bean. Although mine usually freezes to the ground, it grows back quite rapidly once the temperatures warm up.

  2. BT

    May 19, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    The coral bean’s not totally forgotten! I’ve been watering it!

  3. Diana

    May 20, 2008 at 7:27 am

    Your coral bean is beautiful – and isn’t it fun to eat things from your garden! I’m giddy like a little kid when I get to do that. Have fun in Crestview – it’s such a beautiful neighborhood.

  4. dixie

    May 21, 2008 at 9:41 am

    I am happy to hear your dad’s surgery went well.

    And again, how I miss the Crestview!

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