Acadiana Part 1: Crawfish


If you follow me on Instagram, your feed was probably bombarded by pictures from Southern Louisiana, through the Cajun and Creole parishes commonly referred to as Acadiana.

The reason for this trip was a canoe race known as the Tour du Teche. It began a few years ago to try to clean up the bayou that was once the main channel for the Mississippi River. The race is staged over three days starting in Port Barre and finally ending in Berwick (almost the Gulf of Mexico).

Budge getting the canoe race-ready.  Also note the new Agave ovatifolia ‘Vanzie’ covered with a window screen.  She got a little sunburned.

After following canoe races on the bank as a team captain and spectator for 18 years, this was my first race! My husband and I (with my dad as our Correur du Bois) just did the fun-run version: 30 miles from Port Barre to Poche’s Bridge in Breaux Bridge, but we came in first!


port barre boat ramp bayou teche
Race start in Port Barre at 7 am 📸: Dad


The finish line (for us) at Poche’s Bridge, Breaux Bridge, LA

The reason for my 6 hours of exercising had nothing to do with wanting to canoe (or exercise) and everything to do with seeing the southern Louisiana flora and fauna. And I wasn’t disappointed!


My dad (who’s done and finished this race before) had mentioned that there was a tree you could crawl under.  I had no idea!

We drove back towards this massive oak after we finished the race and eating at Poche’s of course.

The Belly of the Beast.

There was a sign advertising the preservation of oaks near this grove, but I’m unsure of whether man cleared out this soil or the massive flooding that occurred in this area back in August.


Another gnarly-twisted, sideways oak still going strong!

The following photos were all taken in Saint Martinville, Louisiana, the official finish line for the Pro-class racers.

These were the seedlings seen in the previous photo. They had a rubbery texture.
The Evangeline Oak. Google it.
The Evangeline Oak covered in moss and ferns
The Old Castillo Bed and Breakfast (next to the Evangeline Oak and right along the Bayou)
Plumbago and red brick.  Well done. 

I loved this brick edging.

Purple Coleus really makes whatever that lime green plant is POP!
I think this is a variegated ginger.
While walking I spotted this Coral Honeysuckle growing on a New Orleans style brick wall.

Two years ago when we were in St. Martinville, we met a very charming lady that had recently bought this house and garden.  She was renovating every aspect of both.  I think she’s done a stellar job!

I loved her new hurricane shutters and oyster shell rain chain.
Purple Hyacinth bean?

Before coming to this race four or five years ago, I had never seen a red spider lily and was so intrigued.  An old woman told me that their bloom signaled Autumn, my favorite time of year!

I love this next house and its green walls. 😉

Poison ivy? Those leaves tho…
Don’t step on a crack
Racers coming in
Looking back towards the Evangeline Oak and the Old Castillo B&B
Handmade wooden kayak

And the most important thing to do while visiting Southern Louisiana: EAT.  And if you’re withing 20 miles of Breaux Bridge, you should be eating at Poche’s morning, noon, and night.

Up next Acadiana Part 2: Hot Sauce! (I also promise it won’t be so long)

September 2016 Foliage Follow-up


Walking around outside last weekend was AMAZING. High 80s to low 90s is Heaven for me.  The foliage agrees. 

Gulf Fritillary butterfly appears to be landing on Ginger the Corgi.  Note how the slender lobe passionvine (Passiflora tenuiloba) appears to be taking off in flight with the butterfly! Lerve. 😍

Purple Heart in a turquoise pot sparkles in the shade. (Still trying figure something else to add…any ideas??)

While Hairy Grama grass glows in the sun!

And our newest additions to the garden: An Agave ovatifolia ‘Vanzie’ and two Agave parryi var. truncata. Hill Country Water Gardens had a sale where you could buy any two plants and get the 3rd free! (We also scored a pup in the parryi pot)

These are right in time for Halloween. Don’t they look like a witch’s fingernails??

If I ever get the chance to name some hybrid agave, it’s going to have to be named Agave ‘Hocus Pocus’ or something to that effect. 🎃

In sadder news, my color guard yucca’s roots started to rot after that August rain bomb.  

Luckily it’s not those devilish little agave snout weevils. I let the roots kinda dry out and then replanted thanks to the suggestions of a fellow Austin gardener who blogs at Rock Rose. Drainage, drainage,drainage. 

Hopefully it returns! I’ll keep you updated. Thanks to Pam over at Digging for hosting this super fun gardening meme!

A Little of This…


And a little of that for September’s Bloom Day (hosted by May Dreams Gardens)

Tecoma stans ‘Bells of Fire’ is looking good and filling in nicely in the big blue pot. While the orange bulbine is still blooming its head off. Both have asked very little of me in terms of attention and water. #myfavorites

With our very weird weather (mild temps in the low 90s and frequent thunderstorms) even the spurge is looking nice!

Some deep shade bloomers: Wild petunia and Lantana. 

The white blooms of the Evergreen Sumac and the Kidneywood are winning all the bees…and scary tarantula hawks.

A cluster of dime sized NOID flowers growing happily in the limestone hillside. 

And some more unidentified yellow:Feel free to enlighten me as to what these plants are!This vine (edited: Rhynchosia latifolia Prairie Snoutbean. Thanks Delta Dawn Gardens!) is growing up a dead fig tree sucker. 

Now for something pink that I can identify, native Small Palafoxia is an eye catcher if you’re looking for wildflowers (with yellow Zexmenia in the background).

Not sure if I should be including this next one here or my foliage follow-up post, but I’m pretty sure this is Side Oats Grama grass. The state grass of Texas, y’all! Those little red seeds sure do look like flowers!

And some super tall butterfly food: Frostweed! Some plants are taller than 6 ft. I’ll try to get some pictures of it come winter, so you can see where it gets its common name…or you could google it. 

And some more white, or rather silver. Silver Puff (Chaptalia texana) is blooming again. 

The pond is still performing beautifully, although I think the Taro would prefer to be in less sun. 

It even attracts wildlife! I’ve been trying to capture this Pokemon for weeks now!

It’s Rowdy approved.

Is there something blooming in your neck of the woods?