While the Gulf coast of Texas experienced horrendous flooding, the western and central part of the state were dry and dusty. Here we’ve had 13 inches of rainfall this year, less than half of the average 27 inches. We’re drier than even surrounding areas. I suspect that’s due to the fact than our property is in a valley between two ridges.
Desert Bird of Paradise or Yellow Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia gilliesii) is so hardy that some consider it invasive. This has been here for about 11 years, and only two years ago did another one come up in the same flower bed about three feet from the parent plant.
The thin, narrow leaflets on the compound leaves that resemble Mesquite leaves means that there is little water evaporation, so it’s a great plant for our area.
A desert plant from South Africa, African Bulbine (Bulbine frutescens ‘Orange African Bulbine’), doesn’t mind the heat. It cannot take cold, so we’ve been lugging two pots of these into a shed each year for more years than I care to remember – probably 11 years.
This year the vine has suffered from chlorosis. It’s one of those things I think of when I pass by it and forget later. Just recently I read that the iron should be applied with Sulfur Soil Acidifier. I bought some today, so there’s no excuse to postpone this task.
And, oddly, I still like them. They look great behind a bed of Blue Mist Greggii.
Extremes of weather plays havoc in gardens, but plant lovers just keep propagating, planting, watering, and weeding. It’s can be frustrating but satisfying and rewarding.
“There is a lot that happens around the world we cannot control. We cannot stop earthquakes, we cannot prevent droughts, and we cannot prevent all conflict, but when we know where the hungry, the homeless and the sick exist, then we can help.”