Thanks, Sally, for your enjoyable article. I appreciate all the time and effort put into it.
When I got married 35 yrs ago, my brother brought a prickly pear to my mom from OK. to NJ. zone 6. When mom moved in with us we dug up what we could and moved it to south jersey (z7) where it is doing well. She likes to go out and count the flowers. My poor nephew didn't have enough protection and he was amazed at the prickles. lol
The fruits of the prickly pear are also great to eat-
though it has many seeds. They are great treats. I have
watched a recipe made for a cooling summer treat,
a glace', and it looked yummy.
I really enjoyed the article, and with our 100* heat
in south Texas this year, I can vouch for All of the
flowers in the article- they really do thrive!
Great article! I spent about 30 years in the San Antonio area (all 3 children born there)but u am now in Central Texas, near Waco. Just as hot (the bank thermometer 3 blocks from my house registered 109 last Sunday!) I have several of the plants you mentioned, including a beautiful Esparanza! and a lantana.
One thing about prickly pear...they have a beautiful flowers, the young leaves are good for food, and the fruit makes a wonderful, clear red jelly. In fact, I won a blue ribbon at the county fair for my prickly pear jelly...but that was many, many years ago.
I enjoyed your tour, it brought back many fond memories. Thank you.
Thank you all for your great feedback and for adding more flower ideas!!
It was fun to read up on these things that I've never grown. (except one- the prickly pear, but I still read about that because I just planted it without any detailed info) If I can add one of these plants to my yard or house, it will always remind me of San Antonio.
Great article. I've been watching what's been blooming in this month of 100+ weather with no rain -- until today whoohoo! The Mexican Petunias (white, blue and pink) seem to love it. The pentas are gorgeous. The surprise for me though is a crinum called Ellen Bosanquet. She's sending up her fourth bloom stalk right now. She's sent one up every month for the last four months. It's a joy to have a big colorful bulb flower in the middle of all this heat and drought.
Elphaba~ thanks for more bloom information. I just bought my first penras this week, I have been seeing it in commercial landscapes, like in Atlanta Georgia, another "warm" place. Glad you enjoyed the article!