Happy Father’s Day

  Happy Father's Day! Thanks, Jim, and thanks to Father's everywhere who give their kids experiences — both fun and frightening — we moms would never think of!  Happy Father's Day!

The Summer Garden

The first tomatoes and peppers of summer are ripe at the Lost Madrone Ranch. The only thing better than eating tomatoes picked from the vine is sharing them with friends. Happy Summer!          

Seeking Flowers, Finding Spiders, Considering the Lilies

On most visits to the ranch lasting more than a day, I gather plant material — whether bare branches or full blooms — and make an arrangement to display at the house. It might be a simple zinnia or fern frond in a vase, an oversized arrangement of fall leaves and grasses, or a quickly … Continue reading Seeking Flowers, Finding Spiders, Considering the Lilies

Saturday Sedum Watch: The Final Week

We started to watch sedum plants at the Lost Madrone Ranch beginning March 4th. I will be honest, I did not realize it would take this many Saturdays to reach the peak blooming period for this little succulent. Thank you for watching the sedums with me! I arrived at the ranch yesterday happy with the … Continue reading Saturday Sedum Watch: The Final Week

Happy Mother’s Day

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!     A baby golden-cheeked warbler, an endangered species, at the Lost Madrone Ranch.

Saturday Sedum Watch: Celebrating Black and Gold

How quickly life changes and moves on to a new chapter. Last week, I was sad about the dry parched sedums looking straggly and not very vibrant. This week, after intermittent showers passed through Comfort, a slight stem restoration from the drink of water, along with a greater number of sedums coming into bloom, masked … Continue reading Saturday Sedum Watch: Celebrating Black and Gold

Saturday Sedum Watch: That Was Unexpected

Crunch, crunch, crunch. Anyone with unirrigated land in South Texas knows how it feels and sounds as you walk across dry parched grass. Crunch is the sound I heard as I walked to see the sedums this week. That was unexpected. Just last week at the Lost Madrone Ranch, I walked through a bright yellow … Continue reading Saturday Sedum Watch: That Was Unexpected