Early spring in Hyde Park cottage garden

February 09, 2021

Spring has arrived early at this sweet cottage garden in Austin’s Hyde Park neighborhood. I was passing by on Sunday when the dark-pink roses rambling along a picket fence caught my eye. A sunburst-shaped wheeler’s sotol (Dasylirion wheeleri) and clipped germander bush (Teucrium fruticans) add pretty foliage color and strong form.

And look what’s blooming in front of the pink rose — bluebonnets!

This is quite early, about a month and a half early, but really only a few bluebonnets in this patch are flowering. That’s good since we’re supposed to get our coldest weather since 2018 this weekend — boo!

For now it still looks like spring.

Yellow irises are blooming too.

I’m sure many of my fellow Austin gardeners are preparing for sub-freezing temps, as am I. Let’s hope it doesn’t really stay below freezing for a day or two, as forecasters are now suggesting. Brrr!

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