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Friday, March 24, 2017

As Spring Wanders Through!

Wild Onions * photo by Suzanne * March 15, 2017

Hello, dear readers, fellow blogmates, and, all newcomers!  I will just bet you all are excited that Spring has finally arrived!  I know...some of you are still experiencing the wrath of winter and out of the way rainstorms!  I hope those annoying spurts of  mother nature do settle down for you soon.

In the meantime, I'm taking stock of all that is growing and sprouting here at MyTexasGardens!   We get a little bit of everything as Spring makes its entrance.   As you can see in the photo above, I am the proud recipient of what is known as "Wild Onions"!  It's the strongest smelling perennial weed I have!  "Wild Onions" are a common grass-like weed, and happen to be cousins of the garden variety kind!  These onions can grow in cooler weather, (faster than grass), as well as in the sun.  The interesting thing about these onions, though, is that the bulbs go dormant as the weather warms up.  AHA!!!  That is why I don't see them in the heat of the summer season!  Sources inform us that "Wild Onions" are edible, however, we are advised against eating ANYTHING that grows on our lawns!  Don't worry...I'm not interested in digging them up for my relish plate, haha!

That brings us to the weed known as "false garlic".  Another source tells us that, "if it smells like an onion, it is safe to eat, but, if it smells like grass, it is toxic 'Crow's Poison', aka 'false Garlic' !   Crow's Poison looks like a wild onion, but does not SMELL like one! 

~Crow's Onion in bloom * yahoo images

I don't think I've ever seen "Crow's Onion"...the blooms are very pretty, aren't they!  In the future, I will beware of onions bearing beautiful flowers, with no aroma!  And, I guess, Rusty will continue to mow over the "Wildly" fragrant, hard to dig up, annoying onions we all know and love!

Well, here they are now!  My garden associates!  
Rusty and Scootie have planted a few herbs, peppers, and, green onions from seed in a small garden out in the back '40 of our property.  Some of the plants are sprouting up now, and there is quite a lot of excitement about it.

~photo by Suzanne * March 14, 2017

~photo taken March 15, 2017

By the way, I collected my "Wild Onion" information from:

And, now for a sneak preview of what's happening at MyTexasGardens!

~photo March 23, 2017
~These are Zinnias, sent to me from a classmate in Kansas.  He had an abundance of seeds after harvesting them in the fall.  This is my first planting...I will need to thin them out some as they grow.  No worries...I have plenty more seeds to plant!
Thank you so much, Mike!


~Hosta growing in broken clay pot, watching over a red Canna plant,
and cushioned by dead leaves from winter's frosty temps.
March 22, 2017


~Dianthus and Dusty Miller
I planted them in the fall, and they made it through our Texas winter!
March 22, 2017


~Mums from last Halloween 2016 coming back for a Spring show!
March 24, 2017


~ An all time favorite!  Bearded Iris budding out!
March 22, 2017

~First Iris bloom of the 2017 season * Blue Iris
photo 3-23-17

Well, my gracious readers, that is it for now.   Time sure does fly when you're having fun, doesn't it!  I hope you have enjoyed my post today.  I'm sure you may want to run outside and look for "Wild Onions", and "Crow's Poison"!   

While I'm here, I wish to express my sorrow to the families in London for the tragedy that occurred earlier this week.  We can't always find the answers to why these terrible acts occur...we can only pray for more peace in the future, worldwide.

Thank you so much for coming by!  I know there are a few of you out there who are pretty shy about stopping in to say hello! 
  I am here to encourage all shy folks to take deep breaths, stand up, and say hello!

Be safe!  Love and laugh!  Until next time!

Thank you Blogger  

Hi Mom! ♥

"It's Spring Fever!  That's what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want-oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so."
~ my old friend, Mark Twain

Look what just blew in!

~Early March 2012 * 3 years old * photo by Suzanne


  1. Hi, Suzanne!

    Old Shady's not shy about dropping in to say hello, but I do have an ulterior motive this time. Knowing how handy you are in the kitchen, (I can still smell your cabbage soup), I insist that you rustle me up a huge salad consisting of "Wild Onions" and "Crow's Poison." :) (Please sprinkle a liberal amount of Prestone Antifreeze over it as dressing :) Thanks for the information about those weeds. I'm pretty sure I remember picking those wild onion blades in the fields as a kid and sucking on them. (Maybe that explains why I turned out this way. :)

    It's great to see all the beautiful flowers coming alive around your property. It seems many parts of the country had a mild winter. Was that the case in your part of Texas? Maybe that explains why everything's coming along so well in March. It's also nice to see that you and Rusty are introducing Scootie to the joys of gardening. As you know there is enormous satisfaction in planting something and watching it grow and it would serve the youth of our country well to try gardening as a hobby. It was so nice of your old classmate to send you Zinnia seeds. I hope you will post regular updates on their progress. I also enjoyed the Scootie flashback foto from 2012.

    This was a delightful post, dear friend Suzanne, and I enjoyed your show and tell. Please take good care of yourself and your loved ones and have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Hi Shady! We did have a rather mild winter here, it was cold, but we didn't receive any snow or ice! Oh, maybe a few flakes one day, and some frost, but there's a shortage of sleds in the state, lol!

    Ooooh, I can't imagine picking the blades of those onions for a snack, and, the truth comes out Shady! Don't tell anyone, but, as kids, we did pick a weed that we knew as 'sour weed', and ate it. As the plant grew, it would form little pickle-like pods that we would pick and eat. They were sour and we called them sour pickles. I don't know where they came from, or who really introduced them to my sister, brother and I. Who knows what they really are? They do grow in my yard here-guess I should do some research on it, huh? Well, I will get that salad together for you! And, by the way...the cabbage soup was delicious!

    We are trying to get Scootie more involved in home life rather than just playing computer games. So, he was pretty happy to help plant the little garden. His dad is trying to teach him some "around the house" maintenance too.

    It is getting green around here pretty quickly, but we are fighting tiny ants in the house, and have been spraying them, GAG!

    How is your Spring weather coming along? I always see such beautiful pictures of Florida, but I have always wanted to see everglades-oh, I know...swampy stuff is itchy and sweaty! But, maybe one day I'll get out that way.

    Thank you so much for your visit Shady, and for your big HELLO! Take care and have a great weekend!♫

  3. Hello Suzanne! So lovely to read your post and to have a little wander around your garden.
    That's really wonderful for Scootie to learn all about having a garden patch. It looks so appealing with all the little signs on sticks too. With your lovely Spring weather, he'll have fun watching everything grow... those experiences are invaluable aren't they.
    Your Zinnias are coming along, it's exciting when those first little leaves appear. I love the fish and gnome (I have a relative of his in my little garden too ;D))
    Don't the Dianthus and Dusty Miller look glorious together! I also love to use broken terracotta - it's too pretty to throw away :D)
    I also love the blues of your pretty tile and Iris - so sweet together also.
    Really lovely to chat to you again, Suzanne, have fun as you watch your garden grow... cheerio for now, hugs xx

    1. HI Sue. Iris is one of my favorite flowers, so easy to grow. But, once they bloom, it's over until next spring. Mine seem to bloom a couple of weeks later than others in my neighborhood and they are very large. It is remarkable how the blue tile and blue Iris complimented each other. And, you're right-the Dianthus and Dusty Miller always pair off greatly! I bought some more today, for a planter in front of my house.

      I'm happy to see you Sue. It's been a busy week, and will probably get busier as Spring settles in. Thank goodness my son commands the herb and vegetable garden! I don't have as much to worry about.

      Hope you had a restful and enjoyable break. Take care, will see you soon, hugs! ♥

  4. Hello, time does fly by. I am happy now that spring is here. Your iris bloom is lovely. It is nice to have Scootie there working in the garden. Now, if only the weather would cooperate. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and the week ahead!

    1. Good Morning Eileen. We are at the end of March now. Don't they call it the windy month? This past week has been so windy, there is pollen and tree stuff blowing everywhere! The plants dry out quicker-we have to really keep on top of the watering! Thank you for coming by today, and for your compliment on my Iris. A few more of them have bloomed since yesterday afternoon. Have a wonderful Monday!


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