It’s springtime in Austin. That usually meant early blooms in mid February, but this year was different. We celebrated Valentine’s Day huddled inside while a strong winter blast came blowing through knocking out most all of Austin and Texas energy for hours to several day’s…and even weeks for some. We were only 48 hours without electricity. However, my plants took the most damage, and today, I had to say good bye to my two 40+ year old fig trees. Very sad. I had some plants inside while others I left out in my shed with a heater running. I lost most all of those during the power outage and hard freeze. Over the past several weeks I’ve been shopping for replacements at various nursery’s and have seen some life in plants I though had perished. I’ve loaded several pictures of those plants and took a video of my veggie garden. I tilled up the dirt along with the compost I’ve been collecting, and there are many volunteer plants showing their face. Many are tomato plants. I’ve put in some seed potato’s and planted some dill seeds. I created a large fence at one end using the limbs I sawed down from my Red Tip Fotina and Loquat trees that had dead leaves, but are now showing signs of life. I planted Morning Glory seeds of red and blue and hope they will cover the fencing and present a dramatic backdrop. I’ll have to get back to you on that. In the meantime, you’ll see the many potted plants I have around the front and back of the house. One in particular is the Lavender with 2 peppermint plants that are supposed to keep the mosquitos away. We’ll see if that actually works. I have them set up on the back patio.