Monday, March 22, 2010

What a Difference a Day Makes

Yesterday was snowy and cold. This morning the sun is out, it is cool, but not to cold to work outside. The ground is saturated. We have had way more rain and snow than this clay soil can hold.

I have been working on getting my garden weeded and ready for the later spring plantings. I spent about ten hours on it last week. It looks a lot better, but the compost piles are overflowing. All that is left to weed out are two long areas where I have flowers and perennials. Love that feeling of accomplishment. I am not going to think about what is going on in the other flower beds. That can wait until the vegetable garden is ready. Or a miracle happens and they weed themselves. (I can always dream).

It was really too wet to weed today, but I did tackle one bed anyway. It is an herb/perennial vegetable bed and was pretty soggy. The weeds came up easy, but a lot of soil cane up with the roots. I did find four Mexican Mint Marigolds (aka Texas Tarragon) ready to divide and pot up. These will go in our KCMGA plant sale at our Spring Seminar in April.

Mexican Mint Marigold is a perennial shrubby herb with small, marigold-like flowers in the fall. This herb can be grown in partial shade. It has the smell and flavor of tarragon. I gave a bit of it to my neighbor and it made her cry because it triggered a scent memory of her grandmother. It is a great substitute for tarragon, which is difficult to grown in our Texas heat.

Happy Spring Y'all.

You know you are in Texas when you can experience four seasons in one week - stolen from FB.


  1. Hope my Mexican Mint Marigold comes back! It was really pretty last year.
    I agree--only in Texas could you experience all the seaons in one week! But, I love that!

  2. My MMM isn't showing signs of life yet, should I be worried? Seriously! Today I'm catching up on reading blogs since it is raining AGAIN! My back yard is one step away from being turned into a rice paddy!

  3. I bet those plants would refuse to grow here. It sounds nice though. Triliums remind me of my grandma, they had loads of them in their woods in MN.

  4. i'm planting some mmm this year - i have two transplants and three plants i've started from seed. i've read that they won't bloom the first year from seed, is this true? i can't wait until they're larger - i love tarragon.

  5. Joseph, Can't answer your question about when the plants will first bloom when grown from seed as I started mine from divisions. Good luck.