Springtime in Mom’s garden

May 11, 2019

Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ in full flower is like a constellation of purple stars.

While strolling through my mother’s north Austin garden between rain showers last week, I was bowled over by the display. This is the best I’ve ever seen her clematis bloom.

Adding more purple to the garden, as well as white, larkspur echoes the shape of a bottle tree “growing” by the fence. Last fall Mom scattered a packet of wildflower seeds in one of her raised beds, and these came up. Larkspur is a classic spring flower in Austin gardens and very easy to grow from seed.

Before the recent heavy rains, her ‘Radcon’ Pink Knock Out rosebush was a sight to behold, and even now it has a blowsy beauty.

Lola, Mom’s beloved Chihuahua, does her wriggle dance as we explore the garden.

Mom loves roses, white picket fences, and romantic gardens. She installed a short section of picket fencing between her garage and the front wall of her house, turning a plain-Jane front walk into a courtyard garden with privacy and a gate that keeps her dog from escaping into the street when she opens her front door. A rose-covered arbor makes a flowery and welcoming entrance.

It’s always fun to see what’s blooming in Mom’s garden, and I’m so grateful that she passed along her love of gardening to me. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

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