Fantastic weather. Our mornings have turned cool: 50’s and 60’s greet us early. With highs in the 80’s, this is really autumn. Not only are we enjoying it, but plants are rejuvenating with a sigh of relief.
Since the Bulbine is native to South Africa, it is an annual here. Mine stay in pots that must be brought inside during the winter. They survive well in our shed kept just a few degrees above freezing. In the spring when we bring the pots out, I pull out a few clumps of the succulent leaves and plant them in a bed.
Texas Yellow Bells (Tecoma stans ‘Gold Star’) are such a delight. This one is hardy to Zone 9. An important note for those in lower number zones. Buy the Gold Star and not a tecoma grown from seed. Otherwise, it will be an annual.
The Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii) bushes have spread this year and the flowers have been brilliant. They have become established and just make themselves at home. The bushes spread out like a queen draping her skirt out beyond her throne.
Turk’s Cap can be grown in the sun or shade. In the sun, they flower more, but their leaves do better in the shade.
On the right is an Autumn Sage.
And now from Art Master’s Gallery is a picture that speaks to our drought situation.
“Every test in our life makes us bitter or better.
Every problem comes to break us or make us.
The choice is ours whether we become victim or victor.”