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We are dedicated to plant conservation and love to demomstrate what can be done with the native plants that have been ignored by the nurseries in favor of the exotics. Many of the plants in our yards are native and we are always looking to improve. We are sure there are others out there doing the same thing and loving it as much as we do. Please let us talk about what you are doing and what you have accomplished.
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Mexican Hats are perennial, they will come back next year, but die to the ground in the fall.
They are supposed to bloom till fall if they are watered, although they usually get tall and fall over, you can cut them back in the summer and have fresh blooms till fall.
How did you know I was out taking photos today? It was windy so some of the photos end up blurred. Mexican Hat, Ratibida columnaris, are usually a dark reddish brown with a yellow edge. Many of the ones we have are solid yellow. The photo shows them growing side by side.
We have this in our stock ponds. The 5 petaled Water Primrose, Ludwigia peploides, is also called Primrose-willow. The 4 petaled Water Primrose, Ludwigia octovalvis, doesn't seem to have any other common name. I think the photo trois posted is an example of the latter.
That is correct. Each petal is heart shaped. I have been unable to get a closeup of one yet because as soon as they open the Bumble Bees mob them and knock off the petals. I haven't seen them do that before. Actually, they are wedging themselves in before the flower is completely open.
These Mexican Hats get much bigger than I thought! Two big plants are smothering a Hollyhock and covering my Porterweed. I was hoping they would be small and bloom, then go away. lol I will definitely have to cut them back because they are so big. I had no idea they would bloom that long either! That's a good thing tho!
John, if Josephine can't get any Antelope Horn seeds for you, I are have several seed pods that are just turning brown.
Last year, I saw some small milkweed plants, but didn't pay much attention to them. They are out again. I found this Hierba de Zizotes (That's how it's listed.), Asclepias oenotheroides, in my greenhouse.
That is one interesting Milkweed Veronica, it is amazing the great variety of them that we have.
Trois, that is a very nice picture of the Mexican willow Primrose.
Well, it seems I overlooked one of the Pictures from Pappy's. It is not a great picture becouse it was windy and it just wouldn't stay put, but I don't think this flower has been shown before, so here is Plains Fleabane, (Erigeron modestus) a sweet native little daisy with treadlike rays.
It is a perennial.
Trois, is that cypress vine from last year, or is it already blooming for you? Josephine, is cypress vine a TX native?
I have a backyard bed that is semi-wildflowers, but it seems like they take longer than anywhere else to actualy start blooming. It's pretty shady in the morning, but it gets solid sun from about noon (possibly a little earlier) to about 5:30. I've always heard that full afternoon TX sun is as good as full sun. These things do bloom, but... ?? I have purple coneflower coming up stronger than last year (at least the foliage looks great) but no hint of any flowers, yet Josephine's wildflower bed already has flowers. Some coral vine has a few little leaves, but doesn't really look like it's moving at all. I have some cypress vine coming back up, but it is just now sprouting (which is why I was wondering about yours, trois.)
Maggiemoo, I beleive that the Cypress vine is not a native. but an adapted species. It is very pretty and it attracts hummingbirds too.
My wildflower slope is in full sun facing south, so it gets the maximum, plus it is next to asphalt and it gets reflected heat, so there is a big difference.
Just be patient, when mine are roasting, yours will be fresh and green.
Don't forget too that you live in a wooded area, even if you have sun, trees do influence the environment.
How are your repairs coming along? I hope all is progressing well.
I found another endemic, Sand Brazoria (Brazoria pulcherrima). It's blooming period is almost over, but still eye catching. It grows in large patches in sandy soil. These were the flowers I was after yesterday when I took off with my camera. I'm glad I found them. I had thought they had been shredded. The upper right hand corner shows some Herbertia seed pods.
The Herbertia seed pods are beginning to ripen. I collected some today. I want to plant them in my garden. They must be easy to grow. We had thousands blooming every day for close to 2 months. Blooms stay open only until mid-afternoon, but they are lovely. The bulb, when mature, is tear shaped and between 1/2 and 3/4 inches long. Would anyone like some seed? It's getting late and my brain is getting more andmore addled. I read about the possibility of the seed having a growth inhibitor that needs to be washed off. I'll find more information on this tomottow.
Veronica! that Sand Brazoria is adorable, I am so glad you showed it to us, I had only seen book pictures before, yours are much better.
Yes, I would like some seed of the Herbertia, it sure is precious, are they bigger than
My Coral Bean dies to the ground each year, and still blooms, but with you being so much farther south you might get lucky and have at least a shrub, that would be really nice.
Bless your heart, I see you were up last night till close to four, posting pictures for us, thank you
and please get your rest, you need your health to take care of your husband, your animals
and plants. Josephine.
My Elderberry Shrub, ( Sambucus canadensis) is in bloom right now, and looking so lush.
The berries make great jam, but the birds always get to them before we do. This is a native hardy shrub that will tolerate some shade. It does like water.
A close up of the flower cluster, every one should have one of these. Oh! I forgot, the flowers can be dipped in batter and served as fritters, I have never done it, but they say they are delecious. The plant itself is poisonous, but not the flowers or fruit when cooked.
TACKLED?!? ...so that Elderberry is poisonous? Hmmm...I have a small one planted that you gave me and it's growing. I'm not sure I have enough room for it to get big. I don't like to keep poisonous plants, but I do have several, and probably more that I'm not aware of. Oh well, my son barely eats food, let alone plants.
Paige, you can prune it to tree shape and that way it won't take up room at the lower level.
Don't worry about the poisonous part, we have never had any problems with it.
Trois why didn't you want to tell us the story? Barbara is quite a brave woman to come close to such a beast, thank God she was not injured. Was she out by herself when she killed it?
And what do you do with such an animal after it is dead?
Well, the gator had to go. He ate 10 large Muscovy ducks in one night. The first night he ate all the turtles in the pond, about 15. The good he did was to eliminate most of the Raccoons in the area, but he was laying in wait, in the ambush position for anything to go on the pond edge. Our grandsons play in that area sometimes, and a couple of dogs disappeared. He would have killed any of us once he had declared this to be his pond.
I called the local game people and they said that if it was over 6 feet long, to shoot it. If it looked to be over 12 feet long call them back. Of course, You can not tell by just looking at one eyeball how big the rest of him is.
Small print: I did the deed. She helped me get it out of the pond, and posed for the picture. All the women in the neighborhood think she did it by herself because of another neighbor told them so in jest. Now they all believe. When we go to a local eatery, I see people pointing and whispering. Kind of funny what a rumor, complete with a picture, can do.
Josephine, I met with the contractor yesterday. Because I have a very difficult schedule next week, we're waiting until the week after Memorial Day to do the work. It should be completed within about three days that week. Thanks for asking.
Thanks also for the encouragement. I do have to be reminded from time to time that I am still in a wooded area.The trees on the outside of my fence really do make a difference in when and where the sun shines. When I had the pines removed it turned out to be a good thing that I couldn't afford to do anything else for almost a year. I was able to observe the sun patterns over the year to figure out which beds would get full sun, afternoon shade, etc.
trois, that is quite a story. Your grandsons are definitely safer with the alligator out of the way.
Konkreteblond, elderberries can get quite large — between 8 and 12 feet tall. When we lived near Cincinnati, I had two bushes and each got at least 8 feet tall. Elderberries are only partly self-fruitful. To get the maximum number of elderberries, you should have at least two varieties. The canes produced the first year may produce a terminal cluster, but the canes' most productive period occurs the second year when they send out laterals. Any cane older than three years should be cut out to encourage the production of new canes.
You can grow plants nearby without any problems. I knew nothing about elderberries when I planted my first ones and planted them too close to my rose bushes. I had no idea they got so big, but with a regular fertilizer schedule, they all grew well together.
I forgot to add that elderberries make an excellent jelly when combined with another fruit. I found a recipe that added staghorn sumac berry juice to the elderberries. The end result was a sweet-tart tasty jelly.
These plants are not all blooming now. This is intended to show the ones that live on our place.
We have increased the numbers drastically by selective mowing, especially with the August blooming Purple Gerardia (agalinis purpurea)
The relatively rare Salt Marsh MG, (Ipomoea sagittata) are also late bloomers, late July through August. These have the largest flowers of any MG I have seen, about 4 inches across. They also have the smallest leaves.
Trois, the Gerardia is so beautiful and delicate, I have seen them before in pink, but not in purple.
I love the the Marsh Morning glory, I saw some of these on Galveston Iland, I wish we could grow them here, although I have never tried, didn't have the seed.
Another problem for me is space, only a quarter acre, but I do the best I can.
I observed many thousands of the young this morning. I instructed my son and DIL about them, hopefully preventing mowing. The first year we had a couple of plants. Last year where I didn't mow, several hundred. The colors vary from plant to plant, and as they age.
You'll have to post any new photos of Gerardia. They are lovely. We went to Matagorda Island last year and saw the Goat-foot Morning Glory, Ipomoea pes-caprae. Maybe it was my imagination, but the leaves and flowers seemed larger than those described in Wildflowers of Texas.
Here is a picture of Partridge Pea, ( Cassia fasciculata ) This is a lovely native legume.
It is an annual that produces very pretty flowers and lots of seed for game and song birds.
The adult sulfur butterfly lays its eggs on the leaves, and the larvae use it as a food source.
The seedpods burst open when ripe and disperse the seeds.
I have been carefully examining the "sensitive" plants. We have 4 distinct types here. 2 kinds of pinks, one with stickery stems and one without, just soft things. We have the yellow puffs, and this morning I found a patch of undistinguished ones with buff colored flowers, and they are less sensitave. I will post more soon.
This is a view of our backyard looking toward the vegetable garden.
There is Penstemon tenuis blooming, Frostweed, Ironweed, Turk's cap, Phlox carolina,
Flame Anisacanthus, Tall Goldenrod, Four O'clocks, and Texas Star hibiscus.
Elephant garlic in the vegetable garden, with some white Ginger.
This is the opposite corner, with Cherry Laurel, Texas Mountain Laurel, Mexican Buckeye,
Turk's cap, Frostweed, Lantana, Texas Star, and my gigantic Elderberry which is about 35 feet tall. The compost area which measures about 10 x 15 feet is behind the shrubs, and that Elderberry is feeding off of it, that is why it is so large, normally the dont get taller then 15 feet. The top of the Elderberry can not be seen in the picture.
Ohhhh ohhhh oohhhh, That is my blue mistflower! eupatorium something... I LOVE that stuff, although it takes over if not watched. I can say that it grows in my really crappy soil, no water, neglected!
The monarchs LOVE it! I have it in just s spots, but they are growing everywhere that there is bare dirt, and actually got aggressive with it and cut it back to the ground in february/march. hasn't phased it... it will be blooming in no time! I can't kill the stuff!
Mine did not come back. :( I bought it at the Heard Sale last year and it thrived all summer, but never came back this spring. I can say I rarely ever gave it any extra water and it was happy, but I guess not happy enough.
How interesting! we all have different experiences. I also bought this plant some time ago but it didn't do anything, died shortly after planting, may be it was sick when I got it.
I probably should try it again.
We had another interesting experience. We had a fig tree that was not doing well due to other large plants. It moved itself over about 4 feet during the winter leaving it's stake behind. It has several figs already. No trace of the old plant.. It's enough to creep you out.
There was a science fiction movie called Day of the Triffids. Alien plants, arriving in a meteor shower, move around on their own killing anything they can find. They were more active at night. Yours could be called Winter of the Figs. If the figs make a move toward you, RUN.
I have two dwarf figs I'm keeping in pots because I'm afraid to lose them during winter. Tuesday, my husband and I went to the Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham. There were two huge fig trees growing in the nursery. I think I'll put mine in the ground. I just need two holes dug.
I was out before it got so hot and took a photo of a pink wine cup. They have been increasing in numbera here. I recall seeinng only a few, 3 years ago. Earlier in the year, I saw a white one or two, but didn't have my camera with me. I love the viberant purple color of the normal purple wine cups, but they never photograph well.
Veronica, that is a lovely picture of a pink Winecup, I had never seen one.
Don't be afraid of planting your Fig trees in the ground, I have a Texas brown turkey, tha is about 30 years old. It has lived through very low temperatures, I beleive as low as five above 0.
It has died to the ground on those years when it went below 20, at least 3 times, but allways came back.
Here is a picture from two years ago, when we had a good snow fall, it didn't hurt it one bit.
It is about 20 feet tall with many trunks, we love the fruit, but the last two years the squirrels and the birds have eaten it before it ripens. We are considering trapping the squirrels and taking them to Veterans park, we shall see.
This shot shows the newly rebuilt retaining wall between my house and my neighbors. The understory trees are Eve's Necklace. The white flower is similar to Queen Anne's Lace and I'm told that swallowtail butterflies lay eggs on it. True?
I saw this at Green Mama's - think it was identified as inland sea oats. It grows wild on the banks of the Brazos behind our house. It's leaves remind me of some types of bamboo - think it's quite pretty. Have lots if anyone wants a start.
Wow, Shugarfoot, you sure are doing great. I am so proud of you! Thank you for posting your pictures, they look great, especially the Cowpen Daisy and the White Prickly Poppy.
I don't think the poppy would get that big in one season from seed, so it probably was there all along, waiting to spring up.
Of the unidentified wildflowers the yellow one is Common Yellow Primrose, but the pink one I don't know, may be someone else can identifie it.
The sea ooats is very pretty. I am sure someone has a need fot it.
The flower that looks like Queen Anne's lace is Mock Bishop's- Weed it is an annual but self seeds heavily and it is a larval food source for swallowtail butterflies.
Keep up the good work.
The gourd is called Buffalo Gourd, Cucurbita foetidissima, is a perennial vine whose branches can get over 18' long and very invasive. Supposedly, the natives boiled the gourd and ate it. and the roots were used as soap. It stinks if crushed. Could you isolate the pink flower and take a close-up?
I also have thousands of the unidentified Pink flowers. They look like minature Texas stars. People have tried to convince me it is a pink variety of Blue Eyed grass. I don't think so.
In the foreground, under the Marsh Pinks, are the tiny pinks. They are about 1/4 the size of a Scarlet Pimpernel.
Your little stars are very pretty, Trois, but I think they have different leaves than the ones in my yard. Mine remind me of a geranium that I had in Colorado, only this is a much smaller scale. Here's a closer pic.
It looked more like sneezeweed or bitterweed, Helenium, so I went on a hunt. Found it on this link. Taken from a different angle it's the same plant. The stem shape provided the clue. Purpleheaded Sneezeweed, Helenium flexuosum.
Only problem is TAMU's website is the only one to provide a photo of H. flexuosum with red petals. A google turned up only yellow-petaled H. flexuosum. It's possible that there are color variations of this wildflower.
Hooray for Veronica! I knew we could count on you and your excellent research skills.
Trois' flower was prettier than their picture, I think because it was fresher and had all the pollen on it. Thank you very much.
Trois, The Hinckley Columbine is the only one I can get to grow here. It stays on the the shady side of the birdbath and gets lots of water (and fertilizer from the birds). You might be able to grow it in a similiar situation. It will only grow for me in this one spot in the yard.
I have been lurking and looking at all the beautiful photos of the plants we can grow in our state. This is a great thread (s).
I think I just found another I haven't seen before. I think it's a bland looking Horse Mint. Rubbing the leaves smells like a freshly sharpened pencil with a dab of toothpaste on it. I have a picture somewhere.
Josephine - I just finished ready 1,2,3, and now 4 - wow I went on a check in the field I told you about and found a few - I will bring some photos on the 8th to show ya (my camera is on the out again, one day works three does not). If I can get it going again I will get them on here - wow some great plants! Mitch
No, veronica, I don't think that i did plant them. Now I'm really upset. My hubby pulled them up yesterday. hates weeds, and imagined that we'd have zillions of them if they went to seed. NOW I see that those seeds were worth a fortune! Have you SEEN the price of safflower...? $$$
Hello Mitch, since you are looking for some good shade trees that are native, I thought I would post the list here. I hope it helps you, and whoever needs trees. I will start with the large, deciduous shade trees.
Bur Oak, ( Quercus macrocarpa ) Fast growing, deciduous, 50 to 75 feet shade tree.
Bald Cypress, ( Taxodium distichum ) Fast growing, deciduous, 50 to 100 feet shade tree.
White Ash, ( Fraxinus americana ) Fast growing, 30 to 80 feet, deciduous shade tree.
Green Ash, ( Fraxinus pensylvanica ) Fast growing, 30 to 80 feet, decduous shade tree.
Cedar Elm ( Ulmus crassifolia ) Medium fast, deciduous, 30 to 60 feet shade tree.
Sweetgum, ( Liquidumbar styraciflua ) Medium fast, beautiful color, 30 to 90 feet, deciduous.
Texas or Spanish Oak, ( Quercus Texana ) Slow growth, beautiful color, 15 to 50 feet.
Pecan, ( Carya illinoiensis ) Slow but worth it, 50 to 90 feet, deciduous nut bearing shade tree.
Red Maple, ( Acer rubrum ) Slow, beautiful color, 30 to 90 feet, deciduous tree.
Southern Sugar Maple, ( Acer barbatum ) Slow, great color 30 to 90 feet.
If you have questions let me know. Tomorrow I will post a list of medium decidous trees.
Josephine, I must have missed that Partridge Pea post. I have that stuff - or at least something that looks just like that seedling - coming up all over the place! I've been pulling it, guess I'll let a few grow. I was looking around in the back yard, and noticed this seed pod, apparently from one of the cross vines. It's the first time I've ever seen one, and I have LOTS of cross vines, have I just been blind before? Maybe I was always pulling the vines down before they got a chance to form the pods. Should I just wait until it turns brown or something, to harvest the seed?
You know... it makes sense now! I bought Safflower seeds for my Cardinals a few months back! I enjoyed watching them feed on it alot. It never dawned on me to see what the flowers or plants looked like! That has to be it!
I wish I had not let him pull them up, but BOY the points were very sharp on them!
Yes Maggiemoo, the pod should be brown and dry before you pick it.
Actually the reason you haven't seen seed pods before is because they hardly make any.
I hardly ever see pods on mine, and I have never tried to grow them from seed, although I suppose it is possible. May be you can try it and see if you have any luck, you never know.
Remember how lush my Tangerine Crossvine was in early spring...? Well, she gets LOTS of pods on her! I pull them off, cause they are not attractive. I would be glad to save pods for anyone that wants to give them a try!
Last fall we thought it was so "cute" that the squirrel was gathering the native pecans in our back yard and burying them. Never did we dream that the germination rate would be so high. Counted 24 in my flowerbeds yesterday. I'll try to pot them up if anyone is interested.
Anyone want oaks? Each year the squirells here are so generous as to plant them all over the place - walkways, lawn, flowerbeds, containers - about two or three inches apart, so there are plenty more even after all the pulling I've been doing.
Want ash trees? The trees themselves are very generous to drop thousands of seeds every Spring, they must have about a 99.9% germination rate!
lots of water - well not for me then :-) looked them up stunning trees . . . everything pointed to water. I bet ya if you posted a few on the trading area you could get rid of a bunch (got rid of a few of nextdoors baby elms that way)
This is the list of small to medium deciduous native trees, including flowering trees.
Of course this is by no means a comprehensive list, just the ones I think will do well, are very attractive and easy to grow.
Redbud, ( Cersis canadensis ) Fast growing, deciduous flowering tree, 15 to 30 feet.
Prairie Flameleaf Sumac, ( Rhus lanceolata ) Fast grwoing deciduous, 15 to 30 feet, Beautiful fall color.
Goldenball Leadtree, ( Luceana retusa ) Fast growing deciduous tree, 15 to 25 feet. Lovely golden, scented, fuzzy balls.
Deser Willow, ( Chilopsis linearis ) Fast growing deciduous tree, 10 to 25 feet. Lovely orchid like flowers all summer, delicate honey like scent.
Mexican Plum, ( Prunus mexicana ) Fast growing deciduous tree, 15 to 25 feet. Lovely white flowers in early Spring, followed by fruits much loved by birds.
Red Buckeye, ( Aesculus pavia ) Slow growing understory tree, deciduous, 10 to 25 feet.
Beautiful clusters of red flwers in Spring, unusual foliage.
Flowering Dogwood, ( Cornus florida ) Slow growing understory tree, 15 to 25 feet. Beautiful flowers in Spring red fruits in the Fall.
Possom Haw, ( Ilex decidua ) Medium fast, deciduous tree, 15 to 25 feet, red berries in the Fall that remain on the tree through the Winter, good for the birds.
Desert Bird of Paradise, ( Caesalpinia gillesii ) Adapted native, 5 to 10 feet tall. Beautiful exotic looking flowers Spring and Summer.
Eve's Necklace, ( Sophora affinis ) deciduous tree 10 to 20 feet. Lovely cascade of flowers in Spring, followed by interesting seed pods.
I have some seeds of the Mexican Bird of Paradise, AKA Pride of Barbados. They get about 6 to 8 feet tall, bloom with red and orange flowers.
Last summer a truck driver delivered something to us and he said" those are the prettiest flowers I have ever seen. Do you have some seeds I could give to my wife" So I gave him a bunch. Never heard from him again.
Well I sure would like to have someTrois, and I promise, You will hear from me again, even more than once. I know what you mean though, I have gone out of my way to send seeds to people who asked out of the blue, and the same thing happened, but you never know, you may have given a lot of joy to someone, good deeds are never wasted.
I was not upset with the man. I hope they did bring joy to someone. I never expected any feedback.
I will be happe to send you some. They should be root hardy where you live, especially if you do about 6 or 8 inches of mulch around the base for winter.
Is your mailing address listed?
I'm not sure if that is a snail vine or not. My daughter that professes to know nothing about plants took one look and said "
Snail Vine" I hope for a verdict soon.
If you drop by to of from your cruise at Galveston, you can dig one up for your self.
Google "Goldenrod Gall Flies" There is a very interesting article about the Gall Fly, and the Wasps that eat them, as well as the Downey Woodpeckers also eat them. They stay in the plant for a year, and the adults never eat.
OOOohhhh. I just might do that! We come down there on the 26th, and ship leaves 27th. I will see what the timing is like. We are meeting another family at the port, so my kids will be anxious to get there. If you could email me an address and phone, I will return my phone # too.
Right - everygreen for the birds, does it need to be a tree (they are going to be small to start) or are some larges bushes ok? I just saw a Wax Myrtle today and wondered if it was a native. Fosters I20 and Hamoton clained to have Texas Sage 6 for 15 but nada once I got over there so I will keep looking. Do you have a fav place to get trees at Josephine in the area? You just thought it was one easy question right? Mitch
I checked the Goldenrod Gall Fly articles and they are very interesting, you learn something everyday. I have lots of Goldenrod, but have never seen the galls on it, however I do get a lot of what they call spittle bugs. These bugs put a foamy substance on the goldenrod stems, which slows it down but doesn't kill it.
Do you get those too?
Hello Mitch, you can get the Wax Myrtle when it is small and let it develop into a tree.
I have some Laurel Cherry that I can give you, so you don't have to get that one.
I normally get my native trees at Redentas Garden, but they are on the pricey side, however sometimes it is worth it. You shoudn't have trouble finding Yaupon Holly either, but be sure it is not the dwarf kind, also if you start with a small plant it is a lot more reasonable.
Thanks Josephine - Redentas Garden will check it out. I found a few at HD but have not gotten them yet. My F.I.L. bought me two silk trees? Are these something I want in Texas or is this one of those gifts you say thanks and then pass on? I wish Texas gave native trees away - back in the day my grandfather got 100 or so trees from OK for his farm to reforest part of it for free just had to ask... guess they dont do that here.
I just got back from the Glenn Heights Wetlands area - really a joke. I am kinda upset seeing the cost they spent and there is just a man made pond and mixed up plants sitting between tons of tall hay grass. Not a wetland and I got chiggers from the trip to boot! LOL I thought about asking about helping them out but there is way to much to do so I will just stay away for now.
I suppose you are talking about a Mimosa, those are pretty trees when they are healthy, but they are short lived and fast growing.
It is up to you if you want to plant one, since it is a gift.
It also depends on the ammount of space you have and how much of it you want to dedicate to that tree.
I have never heard of the state giving trees away, but may be there is such a program.
May be Trois or Veronica know something about that.
Check with the County Agent. They gave away trees here a couple of years ago. We got our Fuyu Persimmon that way about 4 years ago. Great tree, but small.
In Southwest Oklahoma Mimosas live a long time, some more than 60 years. It depends on the area. In houston, we planted on that is still going strong after 25 years. It is about 25 feet tall and 35 feet wide. We brought offspring here and Twig Girdlers killed one and the other is not growing. It just depends on conditions and so forth.
County Agent - I will check out and let you all know. I think a Silk Tree is a Mimosas - I am still not sure. So I might plant them in that side field I told ya about. never hurts to ask for free trees - right? Let Yall Know Mitch
Had to take my cat to A & M today for a check-up. Mimosas were blooming everywhere. It's a tree that really stands out. Believe me, I wish I had them on the ranch instead of yaupon. Beats me why anyone would deliberately plant that stuff.
I haven't heard of any tree giveaways by the state, but Austin does. Maybe other large cities do too. Check with the Texas Forestry Service. You can buy trees from them at a very reasonable price. The selection is not very extensive and the trees have to be ordered late summer/early fall. I believe there are some application for ms that have to be filled out.
Emailed both C.A. and TFS and will let you know what they say. TFS on line said you have to order 50 of any one tree - 50! So I asked about only one or two of a couple will let you know if not I may share the wealth they are cheap - two years old but low cost. All right I have to ask what is ms??? bettydee - need an app for ms?
Yaupon hollies are taking over the land where my cousin lives east of Seguin. Every few feet you will see a yaupon holly. You can't walk through them. I was amazed when I saw this. They must like the sandyish soil there and a lot of the seeds must sprout. He is having to dig them up with a backhoe. I told him that he ought to give them to a nursery or have a nursery come dig them up. They are pretty expensive here.
Yaupon become small trees here. They spread by sending lateral underground roots in all directions and form thickets. If you ever pass by, drop by and take all you want. Sexes are on different plants. Until they get to blooming size you can't tell them apart. Males don't produce berries, but you need at least one male to provide the pollen. You need to find an isolated clump of each. Chances are the small plants around the larger one are connected to it. If you know the sex of the large yaupon, you'll know what you take home.
During fall of 2003, the berries on several of our yaupons were an TAMU maroon instead of the usual red. I thought I had mutants (sports) and began to envision $$$. This past winter, they were all red. Must have had something to do with the weather.
Hello Everyone, this is what the Texas Parks and Wildlife plants database has to say about
I must say that mine is about 25 feet tall, has made no runners, and does fruit without a companion for polination, although I think that the other shrubs in the neighborhood do the job for me. I have nothing but good things to say about it. Here is the link.
Trois, is this the other creamy fluffy flower that you talked about a while back?
This is a native called Illinois Bundleflower, ( Desmanthus illinoensis ) also known as Twistpod, because of the shape of the seed pods, not much of a flower but the pods are very interesting and the foliage is very pretty. It is much sought after by birds.
We all need to discover more of this large "back yard" (TX) anyway. I envision some day (if gas money allows) just travelling around the state visiting DG'ers and their gardens. It would be a lot of fun!
Here is a lovely little blue native flower, Erect Dayflower or Widows Tears, ( Comelina erecta )
This is a very prevalent plant, some might call it a pest, but can be very pretty early in the morning, usually closes by early afternoon. I once saw a field covered with these flowers and it was beautiful. The name, widows tears, refers to the fact that they last a short time.
That is really pretty Trois, do you think it would grow here?
I have a feeling that it will need special conditions, my book says it grows along river and creek banks, beaches, dunes, and along edges of coastal marshes, so it doen't look like it.
Oh well, I guess we can't have everything.
This one is growing on the edge of a driveway, high and dry. I have never been able to find seeds for this plant. When the flower goes, the whole plant seems to go. This one was at the same place last year, but it was wet and 2 feet tall.
Mexican Hat, Ratibida columnaris, is not endemic to Texas although they are found almost everywhere. They are best planted in the fall in zones 7 - 11. Just barely cover the seed. I looked up blue dick. I can see why you were surprised. They are beautiful.
Trois, how high is your water table? If Salt Marsh Morning Glory is like all the other morning glories, the roots can go down to 6 feet and spread out even more. It could have its feet in water. It is a pretty flower.
I love blue flowers, too. The Erect Dayflower here are usually growing up through other plants under tree canopies. I love the way the royal blue petals contrast with the gold stamen.
Have been spend much of this past week watching one of our old cows and her newborn calf. I wanted to make sure the calf was getting enough milk. I did make time to take photos of some McCartney Roses growing nearby. The McCartney Rose, Rosa bracteata, is a plant I like to admire, but in someone else's backyard. It can grow 12 X 12. I multiplies rapidly and becomes a pest. Its beautiful white flowers are identical to those of the Cherokee Rose. The only difference is the number of leaflets on the flowering stems — 7 to 9 for the McCartney Rose and 3 to 5 for the Cherokee Rose.
I found this in my yard this afternoon. This is the only Purple Horsemint, Monarda citriodora, on the ranch with purple flowers in addtion to the purple bracts. All the others have pink flowers and the purple bracts. I flagged it to make sure my husband doesn't mow it down. He's been pulling up Brown-Eyed Susans left and right.
I had assumed they were the same rose going by different names. In the extension classes I have to take to keep my Applicator's License, the McCartney Rose is the pest that is difficult to control. One neighbor has huge clumps all over one of his pastures.
I saw a home and field slated for development, got permission and went looking. All I found was Iris (had to get some), native daylily (once agian) and red yucca. My question is the red yucca is this a native? it is out in the field so I wondered before I spent hours to dig it out if this is something I want here in the yard... such a sharp plant not something I want if it is not from here . . . LOL Mitch