Chinaberry’s Fall Color

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My Grandma Lynch had chinaberry trees in her yard on the northwest end of The Big Thicket. This is one of those species Neil Sperry calls “junk trees”. In Asia, where there are huge stands of them, they are harvested for lumber, but they were introduced to the US in the 1840’s (through Georgia) as an ornamental. Ornaments are in …

Around the Lake: Wild Goldenglow

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You’ll see them blooming, this time of year, in bogs and around lakes. A member of the Aster family, tThe Smooth Bidens is also known as “Bur Marigold” and “Wild Goldenglow”, which, as you can see, is an apt name. I enjoy this stand along the shore of a Country Place lake on my walks and had to share. ~ …

It’s An Ill Wind…

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“Ill blows the wind that profits nobody” ~ William Shakespeare (1564-1616) The wind we called Katrina, Hurrican Katrina, blew two new residents to our neighborhood. One we named Barrack. He’s a Muscovy duck, and for a couple of years he led a solitary life on one of the neighborhood lakes, driving our lab crazy every time we encountered him on …

Goldenrod in Bloom

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The goldenrod was in full bloom this afternoon as I drove back from my open house and I couldn’t resist stopping on CR 188 to snap this beautiful stand. They get a bad rap from allergy sufferers but in fact they don’t broadcast pollen like ragweed, which is the true cause of hay fever this time time of year. Besides, …

Winter Color: Shrubs That Bloom In the Snow

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Winter is normally a monochromatic season, even here in temperate East Texas, so I keep an eye out for any hint of color between November and April like a hungry traveler looks for an exit with restaurants. Robyn Cannon has put together a list of shrubs that can lend some color to your landscape this winter. Read more…

Found in Tyler: Strange-Looking Growth

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Andrea and I were photographing our new listing at 2214 Elgem Street on Saturday morning. While she was staging I was shooting the exterior when I ran across what appeared to be a pile of potatoes on on the ground. On closer examination, it was a mushroom, but one I’d never seen before. So of course I snapped a photo …