Autumn White

We have been blessed by all the rain last week.  The ground is wet, plants are green (including abundant weeds), and the tanks (stock ponds) are gradually filling up.

The cultural ban on southern ladies wearing white after Labor Day has always been ridiculous.  It is totally ignored these days, except for a few older ladies in high society.

Anyway, the white flowers on this lovey lady are frilly and pretty.  I was told it is Society Garlic; but after some research, it could be chives or onions.

It’s really strange that this plant has been in the same pot about 7 years and this is the first time it has bloomed.  The individual flowers look a lot like Sweet Autumn Clematis.

Moon Flowers or Sacred Datura (Datura wrightii) have bloomed all through the summer and continues during the fall.  It is a poisonous night-bloomer found in hotter areas of the US and in northern Mexico

It has lots of common names:  moon flowers, thorn apple, moon lily, moon flower, Indian apple, angel’s trumpet, devil’s trumpet, tolguacha, locoweed and Jimson weed.

Texas Kidneywood Tree are slow growers but drought tolerant, which is an important trait here.

Texas Kidneywood (Eysenhardtia texana) is a native shrub that blooms intermittently from April to October.  The recent rains have increased the amount of flowers that grow in an upright cluster like the native Vitex.

It does well in rocky limestone soil, which is perfect here.  In the same family as acacias and mimosas, it lacks the thorns.  Another plus is that it attracts pollinators.

Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis paniculata) is in full bloom with its strong vanilla scent.

Talk about flaunting white.  This vine isn’t picky about soil.  It just needs good drainage and is a beautiful sight.

Several websites claim that it is invasive, but that has not been a problem for me.  Its mass of flowers probably does produce lots of seeds, but maybe the soil is too hard here.

Hope your weather is fall-like with cooler temperatures.

“You know you’re getting old when you barely do anything all day, but still need to take a nap to continue to barely do anything.” unknown author

2 thoughts on “Autumn White

  1. I enjoy seeing your beautiful flowers and learning about those that don’t bloom in my “garden”. My flower beds are extremely overgrown and need weeding, but it is hard to find a day & time when the temperature and humidity don’t make me wilt very quickly.

    Friends & neighbors from church have helped with mowing and weed-eating and, earlier, I had some help with weeding two flower beds.

    • Good to hear from you. I hear you about the challenges of working in the garden. The rain we’ve had has been wonderful; it did increase humility here, where we seldom have to deal with that. Some of the beautiful green we’re seeing in the yard are flourishing weeds.

      Still, I feel fortunate to have plants and flowers to care for. That’s my exercise and a passionate hobby.

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