This summer hasn’t been as hot as most, but it’s definitely dry here. It feels like we’re the only spot in Texas that hasn’t received much rain. So things are beginning to look bedraggled.
But some things just keep on going. Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis terniflora) has performed for many years in this spot.
And the aroma. It just perfumes the whole area.
Only drawback to this vine is that it must be cut down to the ground in late fall or winter. Otherwise it will fall over, trellis and all.
Duranta (Duranta erecta) doesn’t even begin to flower until mid or late August. Makes for strong anticipation.
The tiny flowers remind me of a nosegay.
Good old pink and white Gauras (Gaura lindheimeri) just keeps on blooming from spring to freeze.
I was watching all the bees zooming from one flower to another, only stopping a second on each one. You can see one in motion in the picture.
Old fashioned Geraniums bloom all summer. These came from a friend years ago. I usually propagate some in late fall when everything goes in the green house.
Sorry, I should have pulled off the spent blooms before taking the picture.
An absolute must for gardeners who want butterflies in their yards. Blue Mist Flower (Conoclinium coelestinum) guarantees Queen butterflies.
According to the Texas Butterfly Ranch, “The bloom of the mistflower contains a special alkaloid that male Queens ingest, sequester, and later release as an aphrodisiac to attract females.”
Mexican Petunia (Ruellia simplex) has been in this spot at least 15 years. It spreads by underground rhizomes, so I have to watch carefully to keep it within bounds.
I don’t think it’s even possible to kill this stuff.
There is a hybrid that grows low to the ground and is well behaved. It doesn’t spread like crazy.
Passion Vine is surprisingly hardy. If you look closely, you’ll see my nemesis – a native Morning Glory vine that takes over. It has heart shaped leaves. I don’t know how fast it grows, but I can’t keep ahead of it, especially when it gets hot.
A few flowers still appear on the Crinums. Their star time is in late spring.
There’s that vine again. Bah, humbug.
Every year Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus) spreads out a little more. Now the invasive morning glories are trying to cover it all. I doubt if I could even find where the vine is growing in the ground. So I pull it off, trying not to yank out the bushes under it.
Love this hardy bush and the bright red turban-shaped flowers.
“Gardening will break your heart, but each time you fail, you learn something about yourself and the plants you’re trying to nurture. Gardening will break your heart, but don’t give up. Also, try not to make the same mistakes. Learn from them instead.” Dee Nash