Last week an inch and three quarters of rain brought some cooler temperatures. It was a greatly needed relief for humans, animals, and plants.
This Golden-Ball Lead Tree (Leucana retusa) has struggled again, its second year, because some creatures (I suspect jackrabbits) strip and break its lower limbs.
But it recovered nicely the latter part of August. It is a shrub or spindly tree that grows well in rock or caliche. So it should feel right at home here.
The globe like flower is yellow but looks more golden with this early morning back light.
I like photographing back-light plants, so here’s another shot. The books say Lead Ball blooms in April and May. But here it is performing in September. Maybe it will prove to be a spring and fall bloomer.
This vulture seems to be relaxing and enjoying the cool morning.
Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii) tend to bloom year round since they are considered house plants. But they do well outside during the warm months with filtered light and slightly dry soil. Just beware of the thorns.
The Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) is slowly covering the new arbor. I can’t wait to see the full coverage – maybe next year.
It blooms in spring and fall.
This two year old Vitex Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) has grown quite fast. Vitexs are also called Hemp and Sage trees. I need to cut off more lower limbs this winter.
Vitexs are native to India and China but have been adapted to this area for a long time. Another common name is Monk’s Pepper, which comes from the old wives tale that in medieval times, monks made a potion from the berries that helped them maintain their vows of chastity.
Vitex attract many pollinators. The berries are still used in herbal remedies.
Vitex can grow up to 20 ft. tall with snarly trunks and branches.
For a long time, I assumed that Moon Flower (Ipomoea alba) would not survive our heat because the leaves are large and thin. Then I saw one in garden an hour away from here.
So I grabbed one this year at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center spring sale. It has bloomed way more than I expected.
It is in a pot in mostly shade. It’s looking a little tired right now, but has provided many large flowers with a morning glory shape.
Because it has grown larger than I expected, it will need to be upgraded to a larger pot next spring.
A garden presents wonderful surprises and joys.
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