In an attempt to beat the harsh sunlight, I went out early to get some pictures. Only when I looked at them on the computer did I notice the eerie gold cast from the rising sun.
By the gate a couple of young rabbits were hopping around. At first, they looked like cottontails.
But some of the pictures show characteristics of jackrabbits – tall ears, long front legs, and coloring. So it seems that the jackrabbit population in the yard is growing.
In the backyard flowerbed everything is waning. Flame Acanthus (Wright Anisacanth) or hummingbird bush on the left with slender red blossoms provides a perfect tube for hummingbirds to feed.
The flaky bark on the branches, along with its shape, makes a nice winter accent. Acanthus does well in sunny, well-drained soil. It is hardy throughout zone 8, and root hardy to zone 7.
The Thryallis (Galphimia glauca) with the yellow flowers had a burst of reblooming after a few cooler days a couple of weeks ago. It’s a gorgeous bush when covered with bright yellow flowers.
In the background of the previous picture is this new arbor structure. The plan is for this Cross Vine (Bignonia capreolata) to cover the sides and top to make a shady nook.
The stats say that the vines grow 50 feet, so I think it will happen. It also seems to be evergreen here. Another vine in the same family, Trumpet, is greatly maligned as being too aggressive. They both have pretty orange tubular flowers. So far, I’m happy with the look.
The root system of this Mexican or Desert Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia mexicana) still concerns me because it’s so close to the house, and the tree itself is larger than I expected it to grow.
Bees were extremely busy in the early morning.
So active that getting a pix required some patience.
For some reason, the Duranta (Duranta erecta) has not bloomed very much this year. I suspect it’s because I did not do a good job of fertilizing everything or applying mulch this year. The bees were enjoying the few flowers on it.
Also, the Morning Glory only has a few blossoms.
Clammyweed (Polanisia dodecandra),a small native bush was given to me by a friend years ago. It’s one of those plants that comes up in different spots every year. Insect holes in the leaves appear every year. Otherwise, it’s a pretty little bush.
A couple of wildflowers, Snow on the Mountain (Euphorbiaceae), came up in a flowerbed. At first, I kept planning to dig them up. Then, I decided to leave them because they brighten up the area.
The actual flowers are yellow and tiny set in white and green bracts.
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“Chocolate comes from cocoa which comes from a tree. That makes it a plant. Therefore, chocolate counts as salad. The end.” unknown