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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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?)
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)
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.
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
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.