Whoa. Last night was the lowest temperature we’ve ever had in the 16 years we’ve owned this property. Four degrees. That might look mild to you guys up north. But it’s unheard of here.
Even crazier, the forecast for this Saturday shows a high of 68. We are used to wild swings in the temperature, but this is nuts. So I choose to think on mild springtime with beautiful sunny days and bright flowers blooming.
All time best plant in Texas to attract butterflies: Blue Mist Flower (Conoclinium coelestinum). Nothing better, in my opinion. From late spring to late fall, those flowers will be covered with butterflies, especially the Queen Butterfly, seen here.
Another must have for butterflies is Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). Butterflies, like this Painted Lady, and other insects flock to them. And for us humans, they’re a gorgeous flower that blooms all summer and into the fall.
But these Drift Roses serve a different purpose. They are reliable re-bloomers and low growing. Like most Knockout Roses, they are covered with flowers during the warm season and provide consistent color to the yard.
To grow plants, wherever one lives, consideration has to be given for each plant’s needs. This can feel burdensome or challenging. I prefer the latter. Here’s to you and your plants surviving this frigid weather.
“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Martin Luther King, Jr.