Twenty degrees makes a world of difference. From 95 degrees to 75 degrees recently has perked up everything. It’s nice to have the weather match the calendar.
Also, we were blessed with six inches of rain.
Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus) is a winner. It was named a Texas Superstar by Texas A & M in 2011. And that it is.
Pictures of the garden really points out flaws. In this photo I noticed the Hackberry tree growing in the Salvia Greggi. I have since cut it down. Behind the salvia is hardy Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) and several different rose bushes.
In front is Double Delight rose, then Tropicana rose with tall Knock-Outs in the background.
Purple Aster didn’t perform very well this year because it needs to be divided. I’ve read that should be done in early spring.
The dead pods on the Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) are beginning to bug me. I was leaving them as food for birds this winter. But I decided to cut the heads off and leave them in the flowerbed. Then the stems can be eliminated. That way the birds can forage on the ground, and the dead plants are not an eyesore.
The Strawberry Gomphera (Gomphrena globosa) bloomed in the spring, hot summer, and now into autumn. Even though they are small, their bright color gives a great bang for the buck. They also reseed generously.
Mexican Petunias (Ruellia simplex) are still going strong.
They don’t bloom with a great mass, but the delicate tubular flowers on the ends of tall stalks are pretty.
Cannas have revived with some red flowers.
Blue Mist Flower (Conoclinium coelestinum) fuzzy puffs continue to draw butterflies.
A few flowers remain on Pink Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri), but leaves have dropped off.
Duranta (Duranta erecta) is a hot weather plant but has seemed to like the cooler weather. Love it.
What is prettier than these clusters of tiny purple flowers?
Several potted plants still look good:
Russian Sage, Turk’s Cap, and Kolanche in pots provide some color.
Finally, the Bougainvilla has a few blooms. Don’t know what the problem is, but thes are the first flowers this year. Probably didn’t fertilize it.
African Bulbine’s (Bulbine frutescens ‘Orange’) flowers wave in the wind. All of these potted plants will have to go into the shed for the winter.
Hibiscus is looking good. The wet weather is agreeing with it.
Love the color of the flowers.
This tropical Hibiscus has been in this pot for eight years. The beautiful flowers make it worth hauling into the shed each winter.
Ice Plant will die back during the winter. I used to always have a start inside, but it has come back from the last two winters, so that doesn’t seem necessary.
Purple Oxalis (Oxalis triangularis) or False Shamrock has been in this pot for years.
Last week I was working at the Brady Master Gardener’s Butterfly Garden. I thought that Monarchs had already passed through this area, but I was obviously wrong.
I love Maxamillan Sunflowers (Helianthus maximiliani) with lots of flowers on each stalk. They grow in the bar ditches around here.
The cooler weather is great, but it also means winter will be here soon and flowers will be gone. But winter is what makes spring so special.
“Holding a grudge is letting someone live rent free in your head.” unknown