Although our autumns are iffy and interspersed with many summer days, the somewhat cooler days give plants a chance to recover and bloom.
These are two small Texas Asters (Aster oblongifolius) that I bought in the spring at Barton Springs Nursery in Austin. Now they’re two big ones. This is my first experience with asters. The fact that they have spread so fast and are blooming so profusely makes me a great fan.
The Blue Mist has continued strong all through the summer. It’s an amazing plant not only because it’s a butterfly magnet, but because it blooms so long. It’s like the turtle in the Tortoise and the Hare. It just keeps on going.
The light is giving the flowers on this Butterfly Bush a burgundy color, but it actually is purple. It has also bloomed all summer in spite of the fact that an armadillo dug a deep hole down into its roots. We filled in the dirt numerous times. Finally, we sprinkled Ortho Fire Ant Killer on the filler dirt and put more big rocks at the top. The fire ant killer stinks, so we thought it might discourage pests. So far, so good.
Rosemary has pale purple or lavender flowers. This plant has spread like wildfire. It’s about 4 feet in diameter and 3-4 feet tall. I trimmed it quite a bit a couple of months ago. I need to get back at it.
A Reblooming Iris has an early bloom. It needs to be a little cooler for them to rebloom. These were ordered from one of those mailings that gardeners get. It’s really not a good idea for those of us who live in an extreme southwestern climate to order from companies in the north. But those catalogs are so tempting. However, this one turned out to be a good purchase. These irises bloom in the spring and again in the fall.
They need a little more water than the old farmhouse natives in this area. My native irises are not even in the yard but in a field close to the house. So they don’t get watered at all. Of course, they haven’t fared too well the last couple of years, but should be okay in a year with more rain.
There are a few more purple plants still looking good. These are some I really like.
Purple, red, and yellow are my favorite flower colors. It’s dangerous for me to say favorite when I talk about plants because it seems many are favorites at different times. That kinda negates the proper use of the word.
“When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.” Jenny Joseph