The unrelenting sun is taking its toll. Some things, like the Cone Flowers, are wilting faster than usual. This is my fault because I haven’t done a good job of watering flowerbeds this year.
I read that the heavy rains in the spring work as a detriment when the inferno of summer comes because our plants are not accustomed to going from wet soil to dry.
Orange Marmalade Crossandra (Crossandra ‘Orange Marmalade’) or Firecracker Flower has done surprisingly well in mostly shade. It, too, likes the heat and humidity, but not the sun. No humidity here, so it must not be absolutely necessary for this plant.
This Desert Rose (Adenium obesumlso) needs winter protection. Mine only seems to bloom right after it comes out of the shed in early spring. They are known more for their trunks that are bulbous at the bottom than their flowers.More pot plants: pepper plant and Boston Fern to the back left. The Woodland Fern on the right is in the ground.
An Orange Bulbine (Bulbine frutescens) from South Africa in a large pot with Purple Heart behind it. In its native land, it grows in grasslands with well drained soil. Further south in Texas, it does well directly in the ground. Here it is an annual that must be protected in the winter.
It was purchased at the nursery at Biltmore. Really, I should never be allowed to walk through a nursery just to look.
Now that you’ve seen some of my plants in pots, is it any wonder that my husband dreads the end of fall and the beginning of spring?
I was rather late coming to the fad of grasses as yard plants. But I do like Mexican Feather Grass (Nassella or Stipa tenuissima). I’ve read that it can be invasive, but so far, that hasn’t been the case here.
“Misers are not fun to live with, but they are great ancestors.” Tom Snyder