Early spring stroll at Girl Chook Lake


March 01, 2024

The path round Girl Chook Lake was pink, brown, and blue final weekend. Peach timber have been flowering in opposition to a bluebird sky.

Bald cypresses have been biding their time, ready to make sure all freezes are over.

Keen redbuds proclaimed that spring is right here.

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

As we crossed a bridge over the Colorado River, I noticed this signal: “Going up the Texas Chisholm Path,” an previous cattle drive route.

One other cautious bald cypress, nonetheless in winter mode

Extra peach pinks

We got here throughout the Coronary heart of Texas Regatta, which our daughter as soon as participated in. We stopped to observe rowers race down the lake towards downtown. You’ll be able to see the lane markers on this pic, taken from the boardwalk of the Hike-and-Bike Path. Past, downtown Austin and its flock of constructing cranes crowd alongside the lakeshore.

I finished to learn a few of the steel belts with country-and-western tune lyrics alongside the railings — a part of Belting It Out by Ken Little (see my put up about it). Sadly, lots of the belts are lacking. Is somebody prying them off? I hope not. Other than that, it was an ideal day on the lake.

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

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March 16: Attend the third annual Budding Out Plant Sale & Pageant on 3/16 on the John Fairey Backyard in Hempstead. Uncommon and distinctive crops from the backyard’s nursery and from choose plant distributors shall be on the market. Further choices embody artwork, ceramics, jewellery, meals, music, and shows. Admission: $5 for members, $10 for non-members, youngsters below 12 free. Hours: 10 am to 4 pm; members get early admission at 9 am (memberships accessible on day of occasion).

March 30-31: Come see the Austin Cactus & Succulent Society Present at Zilker Botanical Backyard on 3/30 and three/31, from 10 am to five pm. Features a plant present with specimen cacti and succulents, handcrafted pottery, every day silent public sale and hourly plant raffles, and knowledgeable recommendation. Admission is included with paid admission to Zilker Backyard, $5 to $8 for adults, $3 to $4 for kids (below 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 profit for the park features a raffle, plant sale, and backyard audio system.

Could 4: Discover “good backyards, good swimming pools and pergolas, and outside rooms and gardens” on the ATX Outside Residing Tour on 5/4, 10 am to three pm. Panorama architects, designers, and builders shall be readily available to reply questions. Tickets are $33.85 for adults, $17.85 for teenagers age 10-17.

Could 11: Save the date for Austin Residence’s Nice Outdoor Tour on 5/11.

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

Come study gardening and design at Backyard Spark! I manage in-person talks by inspiring designers, panorama architects, authors, and gardeners a couple of occasions a 12 months in Austin. These are limited-attendance occasions that promote out rapidly, so be a part of the Backyard Spark e mail listing to be notified prematurely; merely click on this hyperlink and ask to be added. Season 8 kicks off in fall 2024. Keep tuned for more information!

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