Although most things are not in full bloom in the yard, there are some flowers. Enough time has elapsed since our last freeze to access the losses from the winter. Dead trees and bushes have been pulled up, so it’s time to enjoy some the freshness of spring.
Beside the larger Mexican Feather Grass are some green new clumps that came up in several places. I transplanted them close to the parents so there will be an even fuller display swaying in the wind.
It blooms from spring until the first freeze in the full sun. And that’s Texas sun! This one deserves the Texas Superstar status it has and is for anyone who needs a drought tolerant, hardy bit of color.
These Gopher Plants were planted a month ago. There are several different botanical names for plants that look like this. The only thing I know for sure is that it is an euphoriba. I had heard that it was a good plant for this area and is from the Mediterranean region, which usually means drought tolerant.
The Gopher Plant name comes from the fact that they are poisonous to gophers. Wouldn’t they also be poisonous to other animals?
Note the single grass like green shoots behind it. These only grow in this area and plague me. I’ve pulled and sprayed. Nothing seems to work. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
The Balloon Flowers are starting to open. For eight years, they have done very well, but they don’t spread. I’ve read that they also do not survive dividing. So I finally bought a few more to fill in the space. It seems that no nursery in our area carries Balloon Flowers, so these were bought at Lowe’s in the metroplex.
The other stems with lacy leaves are some Larkspur that came up in this bed.
This Standing Cypress (Ipomopsis rubra) is my prize for the year. This is a gorgeous wildflower that grows in bar ditches. It is also called Texas plume, Red Texas Star, or Red Gilia. Two years ago I bought a few at the Lady Bird Johnson Center plant sale. This is the first time any have bloomed.
“Do one thing today for someone. It may not mean much to you, but it might mean the world to them.” Unknown