A brief shower does wonders for the land and for our morale. We had two quick rains within a week. Both of them together did not add up to an inch. But as a result of a little rain, the temperatures are cooler and water from the sky perks everything up.
Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus) is drooping a little from the heat and isn’t blooming as much as earlier. It’s native to southeastern US and to Texas. One of it’s other names is Texas Mallow. It’s a hardy perennial, even in our clay soil.
It looks like it would be difficult to get nectar from the tight blooms, but bees manage very well.
The plant dies down to the ground in the winter. In the spring, it’s a beauty.
This Prairie Sage was planted 6 years ago, and I don’t remember where I got it. It may be Artemisia ludoviciana, but it doesn’t look like the pictures I found on the internet.
It does spread by rhizomes but not aggressively. Its lacy look provides a nice silvery accent in the yard.
After being in full sun all summer, these Purple Fountain Grasses (Pennisetum setaceum “Rubrum”) have lost their purple color in the plumes and foliage.
I don’t buy many annuals but consider these worth the cost. These came in small pots. It’s interesting that the far one did not grow as tall or full as they usually do.
This metal Roadrunner is stuck into the ground in front of a concrete planner. Metalbird company started in New Zealand, but has an American branch.
Ixora is a tropical plant from Asia. I’ve had one in a pot for about 18 years, which has become pretty root bound. So I purchased another small plant.
The flowers are so pretty. In Asia it’s grown in full sun, but here in Texas, my pots receive some sun, but not all day. Our Death Star tends to burn leaves.
Purple Shamrock Plant or Oxalis (Oxalis regnellii) is also called Wood Sorrel. It’s looking pretty sad at the end of the season. The flowers are pale pink. This one has been in this pot for many, many years and should probably be repotted into a larger pot.
Mine gets filtered light and is taken inside during the winter. The green leafed Oxalis is considered a weed by some people, especially in the lawn. I don’t think I would mind that.
Cape Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata) is another plant that needs an upgrade in pot size. Native to South Africa, it can grow to be a large 10 ft. tall shrub there. I’ve tried it in full sun but seems to do better in filtered or morning light.
Hope you are getting some relief from the summer heat.
“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” E. B. White