It’s amazing what an occasional rain will do for plants – especially in West Texas. These pictures are from a Thanksgiving Day visit to a relative in northwest Texas, but not as far north as the panhandle. They had a five inch rain two months ago. This year has been way below their average rainfall of 25″. So that much rain at one time is a strong gully washer.
This Lil Miss Lantana is easily 10 feet wide and deep. This backyard belongs to elderly relative who can’t do yard work anymore, but has a guy who helps her. He will cut this lantana down to the ground in the near future.
This pepper plant is 4′ tall and 3′ wide. I thought the peppers had not developed fully yet, but was told this size of the pepper (about 1″) is mature. When they turn red, they’re ripe for picking and are extremely hot.
This backyard is small and protected somewhat by a solid wooden fence. This has allowed these flowers to still be blooming in spite of some cold weather. Plus, they are all container plants, which can be watered during the summer water rationing.
I was raised in West Texas, so this speaks volumes to me. An empty pot in the sand with a man carved from agate taking a siesta brings back memories of how sun and sand dominate the landscape. Also, the Mexican influence is important to the culture of the Southwest.
This foxtail fern is protected on a porch.
It’s great to see so much color and life in a small garden in a harsh environment. It brings much joy to the owner and others.
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than one seeks.” John Muir