Still hot, but it’s August.
Now to the topic: figuring out mysteries in the garden.
Looking through all my resources and the internet, this one is still an unsolved identification. It came up in a flowerbed this year. It’s spindly, about two feet tall but leaning over, sparse leaves with white and pink somewhat aster flowers.
A couple of these plants came up in the Wood Fern bed. I dug them up and potted them before they bloomed. Then I searched for what they are. The closest match is Wild Cowpea (Vigna luteola) in the bean family.
According to Wildflowers of Texas, Wild Cowpeas bloom most profusely in the fall months. Many insects are attracted to its pollen and nectar.
Several flowers on tall stalks have appeared in all three flowerbeds where these daylilies are planted.
There is no real mystery about this Foxtail Fern except that I never expected it to get so big. Have just kept upgrading it to larger pots. Guess it can be divided when it outgrows the largest pot we can manage to carry to the shed for winter.
This Bamboo Muhly (Muhlenbergia dumosa) has a long fox looking tail. The decision here is whether to cut it off or not. Sometimes, this Muhly looks like grass that should be mowed. It is a warm season grass native to Southern Arizona and northern Mexico.
Unlike Bamboo, it is not invasive because it is a clumper and does not seed well. It is hardy zones 8 – 11.
Most instructions for Crocosmia states that these bulbs should be in full sun. However, directions for planting in full sun should be questioned here. As we natives say, Texas sun and full sun are not the same thing.
When you garden, there’s always a question or two about where, how, and what to plant. Then nature presents other complications and mysteries.
“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Prov. 16:24