A little rain and cooler weather does wonders for us all.
Blue Porterweed (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis) is a zone 9a – 11 plant; therefore it’s a pot plant for me. Even though it loves heat, it does much better here in a shady area. Our blazing hot sun burns tender leaves.
Everything I’ve read indicates that it is a pollinator magnet, but I’ve never seen one on or near it. It’s a conundrum.
It has been outside all summer and only got berries on it a few weeks ago. Those berries turned into these pretty clusters of miniature flowers. Anyone know? Please comment if you know.
After some harsh cold spells last winter, this large shrub was dead as a doornail. Then, two little stems came up. We cut the large branches and main trunk off. The stump is in the lower right corner.
One of my all time favorite flowering bushes, Texas Flowering Senna (Senna corynbosa) is hopefully going to survive. These are difficult to find since most nurseries don’t carry them.
American Beautyberry (Callicarpa Americana), is also known as French Mulberry, American Mulberry, Spanish Mulberry, Bermuda Mulberry, Sour, and Sow-berry. I much prefer Beautyberry because the vibrant neon color of the berries is astounding.
Of course, they don’t survive our winters but do well in a protected shed.
The flowers of this African Orange Bulbine (Bulbine frutescens) bounce playfully when there is a breeze.
Ixora (Ixora coccinea) blooms from the time we bring it outside each spring and even retains some blossoms in the shed through the winter in the shed. But near the end of summer, most flowers drop off. Then magically, it blooms again.
A tropical shrub native to India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, it is also the national flower of Suriname.
Hope you are enjoying autumn weather where you are.
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” L. M. Montgomery in Anne of Green Gables