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While this is part of the Oasis at Home Series, these pictures are not of the inside of my house. I thought I’d share a little bit of our larger environment.
While weeding our somewhat barren and sparse flower bed, I saw some single tiny shoots that looked like blades of grass… but slightly different. They almost looked like young green onions. I didn’t know whether to pluck them or ignore them. I tried to pluck them, but they were tenacious. So I decided to ignore them. Maybe next time I’d get them. Well, four days have gone by and look what they did. Little white flowers! Small, simple, and stunning.
The sago palm on the left side of the picture below is lovely, but what I like most is that humming birds drink nectar from the red flowers of the plant next to it on the right. Too bad, I wasn’t able to capture one of the little birds in action.
Although the area is experiencing record drought and portions of my lawn look like they can spontaneously combust, the arrow-grass in the common areas of our neighborhood is in glorious bloom. I really love ornamental grasses. In fact some grasses are simply delicious. Corn and sugar cane are two of my favorites.
One of my favorite types of tree is the Crepe Myrtle. There are plenty of them around, but this one seems to be having a hard time with the drought.
See how crispy it’s leaves are? I hope I can water it back to health.
The following picture is of a rosemary plant. I don’t know if this is the edible kind or just an ornamental, but it is all over Texas and all over my yard. And boy does it smell good.
Below is a picture of society garlic. When we moved in I gave it a good trimming. As you can see it has forgiven me because it has put out these lovely light purple blossoms. When you cut this plant is smells just like garlic. When I finished trimming the rosemary and garlic plants, all I could think about was rosemary garlic mashed potatoes. It really does smell that strong and that good! I also hear it keeps biting insects away.
And finally, one of the things I love most about living in Austin is the beautiful hillside views that remind me of St. Thomas.
Share your oasis, won’t you?