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stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 1, 2012
4:37 PM

Post #9292787

Fall provides some very unique and pretty blooms. What's blooming in your garden this month?

Drummond Aster

Autumn Joy Sedum is in full bloom now.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 2, 2012
2:17 PM

Post #9293848

Everblooming Texas Sage at Fielder house butterfly garden. This sage is amazing.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 2, 2012
4:09 PM

Post #9293971

So gorgeous, Josephine!

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 2, 2012
8:32 PM

Post #9294264

Thank you Stephanie.
perkoschilefarm
Ben Wheeler, TX

October 4, 2012
3:52 PM

Post #9296020

My phaseolus caracalla decided to flip out some blooms.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 4, 2012
6:46 PM

Post #9296181

Very interesting Michael.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 4, 2012
9:37 PM

Post #9296312

What very unique blooms!
sweetmommy
Fulshear, TX
(Zone 9b)

October 5, 2012
7:32 AM

Post #9296483

The Night Blooming Jasmine is not much to look at but the scent is intoxicating, all night and from a long distance.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 5, 2012
12:14 PM

Post #9296706

Eastern Mistflower--fall blooming

The rain lilies are blooming since we had a nice rain a few days ago.

Not a bloom, but I hear the acorns dropping from the tree in our front yard. They drop on the roof, roll down the roof, then fall on my truck (or the ground). It's a bit scary when I pull in the driveway and hear one hit the roof of my truck!

There is a patch of pigeonberry in my backyard close to the shared fence with the neighbor. It's like a wasteland back there so I'm always surprised when this springs up and starts blooming.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 5, 2012
12:28 PM

Post #9296716

Pigeonberry is so pretty, all lovely of course.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

October 6, 2012
3:13 PM

Post #9297677

A nice combo of rock rose, scabiosa and blackfoot daisy. I believe that is a single four nerve daisy flower at the bottom.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 6, 2012
3:23 PM

Post #9297682

Very nice, Cheryl! We missed you today.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

October 6, 2012
3:29 PM

Post #9297684

Glad you all had good weather. Hope it was fun.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 6, 2012
4:01 PM

Post #9297721

It was chilly, but we did have a great time!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 7, 2012
10:27 AM

Post #9298546

Yes we did, and it was nice to walk in the woods after feasting like I did. LOL!
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

October 7, 2012
12:30 PM

Post #9298657

Started my fall clean up early this year because I never got around to it last year! A little early to cut back still blooming plants but I have to do it while the spirit moves me and I have the time. Here is a little barbados cherry that Joe gave me last year. I forgot about it and left it out all winter but it survived and is covered with cheery pink blooms.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 7, 2012
12:34 PM

Post #9298659

That is really neat Cheryl, was it out in the ground all winter? Mine is still potted and it is also blooming very pretty, the blooms have a very good scent.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 7, 2012
1:00 PM

Post #9298701

Someone had one of these yesterday! I should've grabbed it!
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

October 7, 2012
1:01 PM

Post #9298702

It has been growing in ground since you gave it to me. I thought it was dead this spring but noticed a little green so I kept it and it is just fine.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

October 7, 2012
1:01 PM

Post #9298703

Its not supposed to be winter hardy here. It was good luck it survived outside.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 7, 2012
2:05 PM

Post #9298768

I can save one for you Stephanie, who had one yesterday?

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 7, 2012
2:23 PM

Post #9298790

I don't remember. I'll do some research and see if I really *need* one! LOL

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 7, 2012
2:57 PM

Post #9298811

O.K. let me know.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 7, 2012
3:44 PM

Post #9298861

I had a Cherry Laurel if that is the one you remembered...not the same tree. My barbados cherry hasn't bloomed..I am jealous. I had it out in the ground this winter but meant to bring it in...I will this year!

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 7, 2012
4:21 PM

Post #9298908

That might be the one, but I don't need any more trees! Mark wants to enlarge the veggie garden and to do that, we either have to get rid of the shed (which I wouldn't mind) or the oak tree.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 7, 2012
4:29 PM

Post #9298915

Sounds like Mark needs to work in a community garden or start one at a school if he needs more gardening space! LOL!

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 7, 2012
5:16 PM

Post #9298970

I'll recommend that! LOL Maybe I can hire him out and make some income, too!
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

October 8, 2012
3:41 PM

Post #9299907

These plants don't get watered more than a couple times a year. The zexmenia is so petite and full of flowers.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 8, 2012
7:26 PM

Post #9300128

I have Rotheca bluebutterflies, my 10 ft goldenrod,strawberry fields, firespike and parthenia with two mexican petunias. My Experanza and all my lantanas are still in bloom and my brugmansias just started to bloom. My asters and chysanthemum are full of buds.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 8, 2012
9:19 PM

Post #9300246

Is that a Heath Aster?

Loonie1

Loonie1
Rowlett, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 10, 2012
12:05 PM

Post #9301623

Salvias are loving the cooler, wetter weather here.

Carla

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 11, 2012
5:26 AM

Post #9302182

Pretty Carla. I think this is my favorite time of year to enjoy the blooms and butterflies.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 11, 2012
5:40 AM

Post #9302190

Stephanie, there is no heath aster in my photos. fall comes a little later here so all I have on asters right now are buds. I'll post photos when they do bloom.

Carla, love those salvias. Mine are just cranking up. Sheila, the black and blue that you gave me lived this time and Ive seldom seen anything so pretty. I have them next to my zexmenia that I got from Cheryl and as soon as the Salvia puts on a few more blooms I'll post a photo. The fall aster you gave me is just loaded with buds. I can hardly wait. It will be my first time to grow an aster. The heath aster that Jo gave me is budding also.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 11, 2012
6:05 AM

Post #9302206

You know, that is what is so special about the swaps, all those neat plants we take home remind us of generous people and bring us together through the years.

I have so many plants that i have received from friends that my place is full of good memories wherever i look.
Right now I have a gorgeous dwarf Barbados cherry in a large pot that is really amazing and the scent is beautiful too.
I can't remember who gave it to me, but it sure is great, I think it may have been LindaTx8.

I will post a picture later on.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 11, 2012
6:14 AM

Post #9302210

Jo, I really love that about the swaps too. My garden is beautiful because of the plants I got at the RUs but in addition to that, I like remembering the person who gave it to me. My garden is that much more meaningful. By the way my caterpillar is still alive and growing!

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 11, 2012
7:03 AM

Post #9302255

Great! I hope it makes it, it will probably roll itself up on a leaf to pupate when it is ready.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 11, 2012
9:50 AM

Post #9302383

I think the vast majority of the flowers in my beds have come from trades made at RUs. It really does make my garden so much more special.

The Willow Leaf asters (from Josephine) are beginning to bloom. I look forward to these every fall.

My red shrimp plant (from Smock) is the largest it's ever been this year and finally blooming like crazy.

The salvia greggii has really started blooming with the rain and the cooler temps. I don't remember who I got this from, but it's also a RU plant.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

October 11, 2012
12:23 PM

Post #9302494

Random garden pics from today.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 11, 2012
12:34 PM

Post #9302499

Very nice Cheryl, I am wondering what is the bright blue flower behind the Cowpen daisy.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

October 11, 2012
12:46 PM

Post #9302506

Um do you mean the kiddie wading pool for my grandson?

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 11, 2012
1:11 PM

Post #9302525

Oh, Sorry, I couldn't make out what it was and it seemed like a very bright color for a flower.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 11, 2012
1:17 PM

Post #9302529

O.K. I remembered who gave me the Dwarf Barbados Cherry, it was a guy from College Station by the name of Throneofyord, it was a very small cutting.
But here it is now, the flowers are very small but the scent is large, it is perfuming my front door.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 11, 2012
1:40 PM

Post #9302538

That's lovely, Josephine!

Cheryl, I always enjoy the pics of your cacti. Your toad lilies are looking great, too!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 12, 2012
5:42 AM

Post #9302972

Pretty scene Cheryl, you have a great display of blooms.

Josephine...Love the BC! I need to dig and pot mine this week. I don't think it gets enough sun and growing time where it is.
bananna18
Colleyville, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 12, 2012
7:02 PM

Post #9303578

Your dwarf BC is gorgeous. The one you gave me at a RU is blooming but much smaller. I have it in the ground. My toad lilies never came back...oh well, that is 4 x I have tried.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 12, 2012
8:27 PM

Post #9303630

Thank you very much, I just can't make myself set out in the ground, I am afraid some of the top would die back and it wouldn't reach a good size. I need to take more cuttings so everyone can have it, it is so neat.
My toad lilies are blooming, they are also in a pot, although this year the leaves have not been very good, but they are blooming.
bananna18
Colleyville, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 13, 2012
1:56 PM

Post #9304096

I think it looks great in that pot...I wouldn't touch it! I have a little unknown white blooming flower. Any ideas?

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 13, 2012
5:35 PM

Post #9304250

I am not sure, but the leaves look like they are serrated and thick so it could be a Sedum.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 13, 2012
5:43 PM

Post #9304257

It's aster season!

This purple aster (not sure the name??) I received from Sheila at the spring RU this past spring.

Willowleaf asters, cowpen daisies, red shrimp plant

Even this little heath aster I picked up last week at the RU from Josephine is getting in on the action!
bananna18
Colleyville, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 13, 2012
5:46 PM

Post #9304261

That cowpen bed is a beautiful combo. Is it in full sun?

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 13, 2012
6:03 PM

Post #9304279

This something honeysuckle is also starting to bloom. Such bright deep orange blooms. I really probably should pass this along to someone who lives in a warmer climate so that it can really flourish.

Backside view of my driveway bed.

The creeping rosemary that I have in a pot is blooming like crazy again.

The jungle.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 13, 2012
6:06 PM

Post #9304283

Anna, the asters and cowpen daisies that I posted is in mostly full sun. That bed gets shade from our big oak tree until about 11AM, then it's full, blazing hot sun. I also don't water that area but maybe once or twice a week.
bananna18
Colleyville, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 14, 2012
9:01 AM

Post #9304725

I didn't realize shrimp plant could take such harsh conditions. Good to know.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 14, 2012
12:50 PM

Post #9304888

I've had this plant for several years and this is the tallest it's gotten. It's about 4' tall this year.

LynneH_Tx

LynneH_Tx
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9b)

October 14, 2012
6:42 PM

Post #9305276

This is part of my parking strip. Prairie aster and gulf coast muhly.

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 15, 2012
5:13 AM

Post #9305602

I have enjoyed everyone's pics this month, really sad because my hard drive died and I can't upload pics very well with my iPad, it refuses to shrink them to a manageable size. I agree that an RU is the best for memorable plants. My one little Cowpen daisy from the spring has morphed into a show stopping mound. I need to get some pics of a vine someone gave me that has monster seed pods and lovely pale pink flowers, of course the tag is gone.
But Careyana convinced me to pick up this native vine, Dutchmans Pipe. Se said it would wow me and was she ever right. A scraggly little vine and it has giant blooms. Now to figure out just where to plant it.

Joy

This message was edited Oct 15, 2012 12:43 PM
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 15, 2012
9:04 AM

Post #9305855

Lynne, how did you get the aster to bloom like that? Mine has beautiful blooms but they are more sparse.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 15, 2012
9:54 AM

Post #9305940

Here is what my aster looks like. second photo is of my heath aster, also with sparse blooms. Then somefruits of fall, golden dewdrop berries and last hyacinth bean pods.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 16, 2012
7:49 AM

Post #9306927

Stephanie...The aster I shared this past spring was Symphyotrichum oblongifolium, native fall aster.

Joy, I hate to be a spoiler, but that pipevine is deadly to our native pipevine swallowtail in this area. The butterflies will lay eggs on it but as soon as they hatch and begin eating, they die. I had one and tested it out myself also. They are used in Florida and deep south TX for the Polydamas without issue, but we don't get those this far north. It is your choice, but I dug my plant and tossed it to protect these georgeous butterfly's larva in my yard.
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/56130/

This message was edited Oct 16, 2012 9:01 AM

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 16, 2012
12:49 PM

Post #9307213

Beautiful pictures Sheila, I have raised a few of them this year and had never had any luck getting a picture of the top of their wings, but this time i got really lucky, she sat there that way when I released her for a long time.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 17, 2012
6:19 AM

Post #9307794

Beautiful picture Josephine!

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 17, 2012
12:21 PM

Post #9308089

Thank you Sheila, it is such a rare treat.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

October 17, 2012
4:13 PM

Post #9308265

Salvia regla is putting on a nice show.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 17, 2012
4:32 PM

Post #9308283

That is neat Cheryl, mine is not blooming yet, probably because of shade.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

October 17, 2012
4:45 PM

Post #9308298

I have never planted wax begonias in my yard but this one showed up near the turtle tub about 3 years ago and keeps coming back.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

October 17, 2012
4:48 PM

Post #9308301

Salvia azurea is blooming for a second time even though I cut it to the ground once.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 17, 2012
8:07 PM

Post #9308490

Beautiful, Cheryl!

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 18, 2012
5:20 AM

Post #9308658

We are getting the last butterflies coming through, many are ragtag but every so often one will show up that is in great shape.have I said before that I love my Cowpen daisies?

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 18, 2012
7:17 AM

Post #9308765

Joy, you and me both!! I will always have cowpen daisies in my garden. They're such bright, cheery flowers and they attract bees and butterflies!

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 18, 2012
9:13 AM

Post #9308861

I think we all love them except Sybil, but I am sure she will come around.

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 18, 2012
9:44 AM

Post #9308892

Cheryl, I have never seen a blue salvia, and that one is stunning! I need to hunt for that one!

Here is my new blue Clitoria. It was another acquisition from ARE this fall.

And I have a request for identity. I feel sure that this was something from the spring RU in Burleson but I haven't found anyone with a good ID. It is an aggressive vine that had sporadic pale pink blooms reminiscent of snapdragons. But the most striking thing about it is the gigantic seed pods, they are upwards of a foot long and several inches wide. Of course the tag is long gone.

Joy

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 18, 2012
11:02 AM

Post #9308942

I think this might be the vine you have, I know Smockette has it so maybe she gave it to you.
http://www.backyardnature.net/q/trmpvine.htm
sybram
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 22, 2012
3:28 PM

Post #9312476

OK, you guys...enough about those cow pen weeds. Each year, by the time it starts cooling down a little so I can do some training in my round pen, there they are and in my way big time. By the time I get through pulling the CPDs and the other obnoxious weeds in there, I'm too pooped to work with the horses, anyway. (Do I sound pitiful enough?)

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 22, 2012
4:07 PM

Post #9312490

LOL Sybil!!

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 22, 2012
6:49 PM

Post #9312641

I think you should pull plants on a different day than the one you want to ride the horses.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 22, 2012
8:11 PM

Post #9312696

Some people like yellow, chuckl, but syb has a point- those plants can hurt her horses- they have allergies and NO Claritin, and they can get conjunctivitis from the 'weeds', if not downright sick because they decided to munch on something not good for them. Sometimes it's a good thing to have a place for everything in its own place! (and Not floating around in your boots with you)
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

October 23, 2012
2:21 AM

Post #9312792

I don't have horses and I agree with her! I pull literally 1000's of CPD seedlings out each year and mine get huge and over grow their neighbors. They bloom late which is nice but its also the time I want to start cleaning up the beds so the giant monsters are a bother. I only let a couple grow and usually take them out long before they finish blooming.
C

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 23, 2012
6:10 AM

Post #9312895

Well, all I can say is, there is a time and a place for everything, and we all make our choices according to our taste and circumstances, and that is O.K.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 24, 2012
9:48 AM

Post #9314044

Here in my zone I get NO volunteers since the weather does not get cold enough to stratify the seeds. Last year I saved seed so Im going to put them in the fridge and see if I can get some that way. Otherwise, I'll come begging at the RU for some more seedlings. chuckl
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

October 24, 2012
11:55 AM

Post #9314152

I can send you some now if you like.
C

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 24, 2012
2:24 PM

Post #9314284

Thanks for letting me know that they won't reseed, I will try chilling them as well, maybe some in the fridge, some in freezer. Else I'll be right beside you begging plants. Wonder if I am far enough north and west to get them to reseed?

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 24, 2012
3:32 PM

Post #9314350

If I were you ladies, I would scatter some seed outside and see what happens, but save some in case it doesn't work.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 24, 2012
5:52 PM

Post #9314458

Wow, it doesn't get all that cold at my dau home either, but we do have cowpen daisies that found their way to the woods edges.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

October 24, 2012
5:53 PM

Post #9314459

They are pretty tough and widespread, I think they might do ok with a little chill and dampness. It's worth a try.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 25, 2012
6:50 AM

Post #9314864

You can put them in your fridge to get them cold for a few weeks and then plant them. Or, you can put them in the fridge, then do winter sowing in some milk jugs. Just keep them watered if it gets dry over the winter. I usually start my winter sowing in late Jan or very early Feb.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 25, 2012
10:43 AM

Post #9315098

For those of us who like the CPDs, here is a georgeous way to display them with other Texas natives. I took this at the Molly Hollar Wildscape on our last visit there this last Saturday. We had a very special tour guide too!

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 25, 2012
11:15 AM

Post #9315120

Oh Sheila, those are great pictures, I have a great time giving the tour also.
Thank you for posting and for joining the Master Naturalists you guys will have a lot of fun with this group.
Josephine.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 25, 2012
11:54 AM

Post #9315159

Beautiful pictures and what a very special tour guide indeed!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 25, 2012
2:29 PM

Post #9315289

Yes, we hated to see the classes end, but have made sure to keep in contact with some of the group.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 25, 2012
3:43 PM

Post #9315320

That is great, I hope you guys will come and work at the wildscape when you can, I know you are already working at the library garden.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

October 26, 2012
2:33 PM

Post #9316283

Ok so they aren't all bad, just badly behaved as far as covering up other plants.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 26, 2012
2:36 PM

Post #9316289

Very nice Cheryl.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

October 26, 2012
3:37 PM

Post #9316332


Random and fast fading blooms. Will it really frost tonight?
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

October 26, 2012
3:42 PM

Post #9316337

My last roses.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 26, 2012
10:22 PM

Post #9316626

It has been so windy here the last few days, that it blew a lot of my fall aster blooms away. My chrysanthemums are cranking up as my strawberry fields is beginning to produce some dried puffs. My zexmenia still looks good and my vinca and angelonia. My various lantanas are still going strong and my esperanza too. Mexican petunias, four oclocks, gingers still look good. Queen's Wreath appears to be seeding. Firespike still going strong and some parthenia still looks good. Ive pulled some of the parthenia already as it was going to seed. all my begonias and coleus are still looking good. My frost weed went to seed very quickly. It seemed to take forever to bloom and then it went to seed in two weeks. I'll put up pix tomorrow. Nights in the 40's last night and for the next 4 nights. I had to bring my caterpillar inside. I was afraid he would get too cold.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 27, 2012
5:44 AM

Post #9316738

Marty did your caterpillar pupate?

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 27, 2012
1:51 PM

Post #9317177

Here is a beautiful shot at the Wildscape butterfly garden.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 27, 2012
6:01 PM

Post #9317367

What are those two plants on the left, Josephine?
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 27, 2012
6:22 PM

Post #9317386

Jo, my cat has made a little "house" out of leaves but he is still making frass and eating leaves. I guess he does it at night. When I check for him, he is in the little house.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 27, 2012
6:25 PM

Post #9317390

They are Texas Lantana, Lantana urticoides and salvia coccinea.
Here is a different shot.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 27, 2012
6:27 PM

Post #9317395

Wow Marty, he sure is taking his time about pupating.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 27, 2012
7:22 PM

Post #9317453

Jo I chose a tiny cat in the hopes that he had not been parasitized. I dont even know if that made sense. The frass is getting bigger. Here is a couple shots of his leaf house. It appears to be about 3 leaves glued together. One leaf has dried. I know you can tell much from the photo but I have a tiny vase holding bean leaves on stems in water.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 27, 2012
8:22 PM

Post #9317487

That makes sense, I thought you kept the one you showed earlier. I guess we just wait and see.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 27, 2012
9:26 PM

Post #9317527

Here are a few bloomers right now. angelonia, Pink autumn sage, the last of the morning glories, Ageratum, and chrysanthemums.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 28, 2012
6:42 AM

Post #9317787

Marty, I saw a caterpillar on your morning glory, can you tell what it is?

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 28, 2012
6:45 AM

Post #9317792

Wow Josephine! You're good! I had to take a second look at the pic to find it.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 28, 2012
8:03 AM

Post #9317845

Unfortunately, it is a fall webworm. My neighbor has a mulberry sapling nearby that is full of webs.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 28, 2012
9:25 AM

Post #9317910

Oh well, you can't win them all, or have every caterpillar be a butterfly.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 28, 2012
10:33 AM

Post #9317964

Red Shrimp Plant, Cow Pen Daisies, Mealy Blue Sage, and Strawberry Fields Gomphrena.

Mexican Milkweed has started blooming again.

Texas Betony is also starting to bloom again.

West Texas Mistflower, also blooming again.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 28, 2012
12:35 PM

Post #9318088

Very nice Stephanie.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 28, 2012
9:47 PM

Post #9318598

Stephanie, would you save me some seeds for the Texas Betony? If so would ;you please save them in the fridge? Ive looked it up and its even evergreen. It sounds like a great plant and it looks so pretty in your pix. Im really enjoying the Strawberry Fields you gave me in the Spring RU. Im just now starting to see some of the puffs go to seed. If I save the seed, will they come true next year?

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 29, 2012
3:54 PM

Post #9319467

Not sure I can save seeds on the Betony, but I'll try! I might have babies in the spring to share, too. The Strawberry Fields are very good at self-seeding and coming back true in my garden. I've never tried to grow directly from seed.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 29, 2012
4:09 PM

Post #9319481

Thanks, Stephanie. Baby plants would be OK too. Whatever is easiest for you.

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