A few cooler mornings herald the coming of autumn in reality, not just on the calendar.
Just look at the that Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus) and all the bright red blooms. It doesn’t look stressed because it’s in the shade. This was taken a couple of weeks ago at the AgriLife center in San Angelo.
Turk’s Cap in my yard is in full sun, so the leaves are lighter in color and there aren’t as many flowers.
Back home where the front porch is shady part of the day, but still has bright light, is a tropical hibiscus.
In the shade part of the day, this Dianthus still has pretty flowers.
This protected corner next to the house is a good spot for Kolanchoe. It gets very little direct, harsh sunlight.
The original plant came from my mother about 20 years ago. The flowers grow on the ends of stems and can become so heavy, the branch breaks off.
Irises require full sun but each new flower looks fresh. But the foliage, which lasts for months looks bedraggled. Grasshoppers have taken chunks out of it.
Roses have started to bloom after taking a hiatus during summer’s hottest days. This flower is on Belinda’s Dream, an Earthkind rose.
This reblooming ‘Prickly Sensations’ Daylily was a bright surprise. It didn’t bloom in the spring, so I was happy to see it.
Datura or Moon Flower or Jimsomweed must have some shade. The leaves get ragged, but the flower which only lasts one morning, is bright and cheery.
After trying to get a picture of this tiny butterfly with its wings open, I decided that this was the best shot I could get. It might be a Northern Cloudywing butterfly.
The plant is Caryopteris, which has definitely seen better days. After the deep freeze, the foliage never totally filled out. It probably needs to be cut back.
Shade makes it easier to endure the summer, both for humans and plants. Nothing like sitting in the shade and enjoying a glass of iced tea on a hot summer day.
“It’s amazing how little you can know about a new place. I look back on some of my most naive, or or most ignorant mistakes, and wonder what I could have been thinking. But the truth is I just didn’t know. In the world of gardening, you often learn by messing it up royally.” Mary Irish