Cool temps in autumn don’t bring the orange and yellow of fall foliage here, but they do bring the bright colors of flowers. Roses rebloom, other flowers increase in number, and some newcomers shine this time of the year.
Intricate flowers of the Purple Passion Vine or Maypop (Passiflora incarnata) deserve a close inspection to see their uniqueness and beauty. Zebra Longwing caterpillars and Gulf Fritillary caterpillars feed on passion vines.
Notice the other little flower intruding in this space. It’s the native Morning Glory vine, which pops up everywhere and covers any surface where it’s tendrils can cling. This vine is an aggravating, aggressive irritant in the yard. Okay, it’s quaint growing on barbed wire out in the field, but mostly it grows in cultivated areas.
Cooler weather brings flowers galore on Turk’s Cap (malvaviscus-arboreus-var-drummondii). What a wonderful Texas native perennial with its bright red unusual flowers and hardy in clay, rocky soil. Glorious.
After other sunflowers have shriveled up, Swamp Sunflowers (Helianthus angustifolius) wave their bright yellow faces in the air. I don’t know if this actually grows in swampy areas, but it’s very drought tolerant here in our clay soil.
Jackmanii Clematis (Clematis x jackmani) is named after an English nurseryman who introduced this cultivar in 1862. Great performer here in dry upper Central Texas.
That little bush grew up into this Gayfeather. This is not the type of Gayfeather seen in the fields in this area. The local Gayfeather is one stem standing in a group of other single stems. So I’m not sure of its variety or how it got here.
Bees are enjoying it.
A migrating Monarch stopped by for a snack.
Thanks for taking time out of your day to read this blog. Hope you’re having a wonderful fall.
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