March 01, 2024

The trail around Lady Bird Lake was pink, brown, and blue last weekend. Peach trees were flowering against a bluebird sky.

Bald cypresses were biding their time, waiting to be sure all freezes are over.

Eager redbuds proclaimed that spring is here.

Their pink-and-fuchsia flowers clustered along brown-satin branches.

As we crossed a bridge over the Colorado River, I spotted this sign: “Going up the Texas Chisholm Trail,” an old cattle drive route.

Another cautious bald cypress, still in winter mode

More peach pinks

We came across the Heart of Texas Regatta, which our daughter once participated in. We stopped to watch rowers race down the lake toward downtown. You can see the lane markers in this pic, taken from the boardwalk of the Hike-and-Bike Trail. Beyond, downtown Austin and its flock of building cranes crowd along the lakeshore.

I stopped to read some of the metal belts with country-and-western song lyrics along the railings — part of Belting It Out by Ken Little (see my post about it). Unfortunately, many of the belts are missing. Is someone prying them off? I hope not. Aside from that, it was a perfect day on the lake.

After our walk, we rewarded ourselves with Taco Deli’s migas tacos — yum!

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March 16: Attend the third annual Budding Out Plant Sale & Festival on 3/16 at the John Fairey Garden in Hempstead. Rare and distinctive plants from the garden’s nursery and from select plant vendors will be for sale. Additional offerings include art, ceramics, jewelry, food, music, and presentations. Admission: $5 for members, $10 for non-members, children under 12 free. Hours: 10 am to 4 pm; members get early admission at 9 am (memberships available on day of event).

March 30-31: Come see the Austin Cactus & Succulent Society Show at Zilker Botanical Garden on 3/30 and 3/31, from 10 am to 5 pm. Includes a plant show with specimen cacti and succulents, handcrafted pottery, daily silent auction and hourly plant raffles, and expert advice. Admission is included with paid admission to Zilker Garden, $5 to $8 for adults, $3 to $4 for children (under 2 free).

April 6: Come out to Austin’s Mayfield Park on 4/6 for the Mayfield Park Gardening Symposium & Fundraiser, 8:30 to 11 am. This annual benefit for the park includes a raffle, plant sale, and garden speakers.

May 4: Explore “brilliant backyards, perfect pools and pergolas, and outdoor rooms and gardens” on the ATX Outdoor Living Tour on 5/4, 10 am to 3 pm. Landscape architects, designers, and builders will be on hand to answer questions. Tickets are $33.85 for adults, $17.85 for kids age 10-17.

May 11: Save the date for Austin Home’s Great Outdoors Tour on 5/11.

June 1-2: Take a self-guided, 2-day tour of ponds and gardens in and around Austin on the annual Austin Pond and Garden Tour, held 6/1 and 6/2, 9 am to 5 pm. Tickets are $20 to $25.

Come learn about gardening and design at Garden Spark! I organize in-person talks by inspiring designers, landscape architects, authors, and gardeners a few times a year in Austin. These are limited-attendance events that sell out quickly, so join the Garden Spark email list to be notified in advance; simply click this link and ask to be added. Season 8 kicks off in fall 2024. Stay tuned for more info!

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