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Morning Views of the Garden

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It was/is a gorgeous early autumn morning today. So I decided to take a few pictures and just publish them here, as a gallery, without further comment. Enjoy! Morgenansichten des Gartens Es war/ist ein prachtvoller Frühherbstmorgen heute. Da bin ich … Continue reading

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Largest Deer Herd So Far

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Yesterday afternoon we had the largest herd of white-tailed deer in our yard so far. This pictures shows 19, if I counted correctly, and we had more on other parts of the property, including two bucks. So I guess we … Continue reading

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Of Trees – Little and Not Quite Little

Yesterday I took care of our little Bois d’Arc [aka Bodark] tree in the backyard, trying to make it grow more upwards and also putting a new, taller, fence around it, as it had nearly outgrown the previous one and I was afraid the deer would soon be able to get at its enticing new leaves. This here is what it looks like now, without then fence, though:

Von Bäumen – kleinen und nicht ganz so kleinen

Gestern habe ich mich um unseren kleinen Bois d’Arc [auch als “Bodark” bekannt] Baum im hinteren Garten gekümmert und zum Einen versucht, ihn etwas besser zum Wachsen in die Höhe statt zum Wachsen in die Breite zu kriegen, und zum Zweiten, einen neuen, höheren Zaun darum zu ziehen, da er aus dem alten, niedrigen Zaun fast “herausgewachsen” war und ich befürchtete, die Rehe könnten bald an die verlockenden jungen Triebe herankommen. Hier nun, wie er jetzt aussieht, allerdings ohne Zaun:

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Our Little Bois d’Arc

It has grown quite prettily since I first planted it, especially considering that it lost all its fresh leaves in our first real  freeze this year, and is now 3 feet tall. Here’s what it looked like at the beginning of the year, just 1 foot tall and with only one straight stem withour any branches:

Er ist ganz hübsch gewachsen, seit ich ihn gepflanzt habe, ganz besonders wenn man bedenkt, dass er im ersten richtigen Frost in diesem Jahr alle seine neuen Blätter verloren hat. Mittlerweile ist er ca. einen Meter hoch, während er am Anfang diesen Jahres gerade mal 30 Zentimeter hoch war und  nur einen Stamm ohne Verzweigungen hatte:

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Bois d’Arc Earlier This Year

And this here is what it looked like when it had just come out, last year, and was still in its pot in my nusery:

Und so sah er im vergangenen Jahr aus, als er gerade aus der Erde hervorgekommen und noch in seinem Topf in meiner “Baumschule” war:

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A Very Little Bodark

I also put a fence around our Texas Redbud in the front yard near the driveway. We aren’t quite sure if it will make it. Its bark had been severely damaged by a buck last yeat. In spite of that, it developed a nice crown of fresh young leaves this spring. That was when we had hope. But then, in the heat of the summer, those leaves all of a sudden withered, became brown and just fell off. That’s when we were afraid it wouldn’t make it. But now there are some fresh shoots from way down at the bottom of the tree and we’re hoping again that these will make it. So I put a good fence around it to prevent the deer from nibbling at these fresh leaves.

Außerdem habe ich einen Zaun um den Texas Redbud in unserem vorderen Garten an der Einfahrt gezogen. Ganz sicher sind wir nicht, ob der es schaffen wird, denn seine Rinde ist im vergangenen Herbst stark beschädigt worden, als ein Rehbock seine Hörner daran gerieben hat. Trotzdem hat er dann im Frühjahr sehr schön ausgetrieben und hatte eine feine Krone von grünen Blättern. Da hatten wir richtig Hoffnung, er werde es packen. Dann aber, mit der Hitze des südtexanischen Sommers, sind die Blätter schlagartig verwelkt, braun geworden und weitestgehend abgefallen. Das hat uns dann wenig Hoffnung gelassen. Aber jetzt treibt er frisch von weit unter am Stamm neue Triebe aus, und das macht uns nun auf einmal wieder Hoffnung. Also habe ich einen Zaun drumherum gezogen, damit sich die Rehe nicht an diesen frischen Blättern gütlich tun.

I don’t have any (good) pictures of what it looked like with the green leaves. But some of it can be seen here. It’s the tree in the middle:

Ich habe keine (guten) Bilder davon, wie er mit den grünen Blüttern aussah, Aber ein wenig davon sieht man hier. Es ist der Baum in der Mitte:

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The Texas Redbud Is the One in the Middle

And this here is what the main tree looks like now:

Und so sieht der Hauptstamm jetzt aus:

What makes us hope again, as said above, are the new shoots from way down:

Was uns allerdings, wie oben schon gesagt, wieder hoffen lässt, sind die jungen Triebe von ganz unten:

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Redbud – the Young Shoots

Lets hope they’ll make it.

Hoffen wir mal, das die es schaffen.

While I’m at it, a few more pictures from my nursery:

Wo ich schon einmal dabei bin, hier noch ein paar mehr Bilder, von meiner “Baumschule”:

Hopefully, they’ll all make it somewhere in the garden.

Hoffentlich schaffen die es, wo auchimmer im Garten.

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Trying to raise New Oaks – Update

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After I had yesterday cut off grass around some of the new little oaks that are sprouting in our lawn at verious spots [see previous post] I found out today, to my chagrin, that the deer had already nibbled off … Continue reading

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Trying to Raise New Oaks

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Since we lost 17 of our old and mature oaks so far, and will have to have two more big ones in the middle of our back yard [not to mention those in the very back near the creek] taken … Continue reading

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Gate to Nowhere

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When we were in Karnes City a few weeks ago, we brought back an old garden gate, and yesterday I out it up here in our back yard. Not that it serves its original purpose as a gate to walk … Continue reading

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Deer Feed

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That’s what we call this beautiful plant, … Rehfutter So nennen wir diese wunderschöne Pflanze, … … just for now at least, because we still have to find the proper name and because the deer like it very much. It’s … Continue reading

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More Deer Videos

With the deer and their fawns being here in our garden every day, I’ve taken quite a few videos recently, which I’d like to share here. Mehr Rehvideos Da die Rehe und ihre Kitze nun jeden Tag hier in unserem … Continue reading

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We’re Growing Tennis Balls Again

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Well, they might also be called, less respectfully, “horse apples”. Anyway: our Bodarks [correctly “Bois d’Arc”] are bearing fruit again, and more than last year, as it seems, but not quite as many as in 2014. Wir bauen wieder Tennisbälle … Continue reading

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Fawn Frolicking in Our Backyard

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It’s been a while, actually close to a month, since we saw our first fawn of the year here around the house. At that time it was a very young one. It was only yesterday that we had some more. … Continue reading