Yellow in the Yard

Whenever I look at photos from the yard, sometimes color jumps out at me.  That’s why I’m doing several posts focusing on a specific flower color.

orangeyellowbKindly Light Daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Kindly Light’) is another great bulb flower.  Its spider like blooms last all day.  I usually avoid plant catalogs from northern climates because we simply can’t grow so many of their plants here.  But I have found one I really like.  Old House Gardens is a family owned bulb company in Michigan.  But many of their bulbs are grown in the south.  They provide specific information about growing conditions for each type of bulb.  Their newsletter advertising specials also has interesting information.

orangeyellow7Square-Bud Primrose (Calylophus berlandieri Spach) is a Texas native and has been a good performing perennial for me.  It tends to flop down in the middle of the summer, but don’t we all.

orangeyellow6Not really sure what this is, but I think it’s Parralena (Dyssodia pentachaeta) or Common Dogweed.  Please correct me if I’m wrong.

orangeyellow1New Gold Lantana, Lantana Hybrid, is faithful to return when the weather gets warm, along with the weeds and grass growing in it.

orangeyelloweThis Golden Showers Thryallis (Galphimia glauca) blooms all summer long and is a show stopper.

orangeyellowfAs it stops flowering, seed pods hang from its branches.

orangeyellowgThis Senna (I don’t know which variety) from a friend doesn’t flower all that much, but there are plenty of new plants each spring.  They’re easy to pull when small.

dragonflyOne of the bonuses of working in the yard are the creatures that fly around.  But to be clear, I only like the non-stinging and non-biting kind.  For some reason, mosquitoes love me.  Even when I spray with a Deet product, I come in covered with bites.

dragonfly2The strong wind was blowing this stem around, but the dragonfly hung on.

dragonfly3The outer part of the wings are transparent, so the grass can be seen beneath them.

Isn’t it amazing how many different varieties of plants and insects there are.

“Temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.” Washington Irving

Singing in the Rain

Praise God.  Manna from heaven in the form of rain.  On Tuesday and Wednesday this week it rained a total of 2 inches.  In the broad scheme for many places, that isn’t much.  But for this location, it’s a wonderful blessing.

Some places nearby received an additional inch or more a few days earlier.  So we’re seeing bright green grasses and chartreuse-colored new leaves on trees.

yellowflowersEven before the rain, I noticed these clumps along the highway.  There are so many varieties of small yellow flowers that one has to be more knowledgeable than I am to differentiate between them.

yellowflowers4This could be a Dwarf Dandelion, also called Jimmyweed or Rayless Goldenrod of the aster family.

yellowflowers3This looks like Parralena or Common Dogweed in the aster family.

yellowpoppy2Some kind of yellow poppy, I think.  Notice the common factor in all these pictures is that the flowers grow in a thin layer of rocky soil.  They also favor soil that has been disturbed, like along the edge of a road.

white2This is probably a Fleabane Daisy.

bluebonnetsFinally, the Texas Bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis) are coming out in our area.  They are so distintive that there’s no problem identifying them.  They were adopted as the state flower in 1901.

Rain and warm weather will turn the whole state into a wildflower lover’s dream.  So far, we just haven’t had enough moisture for a widespread production of all the old favorites.

“My heart found its home long ago in the beauty, mystery, order and disorder of the flowering earth. I wanted future generations to be able to savor what I had all my life.”  Ladybird Johnson