Discouraged by Summer?

Weary of summer?  I certainly am.  Every year the crispy plants and hot, hot temperatures make me question why I live in upper central Texas.  But then in winter, it all feels worth it.

Reliable perennials make gardening easier.

Purple Heart (Tradescantia pallida) doesn’t mind the heat as much as I do.  Being in the shade helps.

It just keeps on blooming and stretching out with stems growing longer and longer. It is a good ground cover and so easy to root in water.  So, I just share it with anyone who wants it.

I’ve heard the flowers called Moses in a basket.  This picture doesn’t show it, but it does look like the flower is nestled in a small little boat.

Year after year, Asparagus Fern (Asparagus densiflorus) has come back in the same pot.  The plant has been in this pot for about 20 years.  Even though it’s called a fern, it is not a true fern.  It’s in the family of lilies and tulips.

Semi-shade or just morning sun makes this a happy camper.

And every year, tiny little flowers bloom.  These flowers turn into red berries that contain the seeds.

Obedience Plant or False Dragonhead (Physostegia virginiana) doesn’t even begin to bloom until August.  This year it looks sparse.  I think a vine growing in it has hindered its success.

Greggii Blue Mist Flower (Conoclinium greggii)  just keeps on giving.  The butterflies continue to land there and feed away.  A must-have plant for gardeners desiring butterflies.

I’ll end with this reminder for us all:

“When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.” Count Your Many Blessings hymn