On the Wild Side

With our dry, hot summer keeping us mostly inside, the yard is definitely in need of some TLC.  As the mornings are becoming cooler, we must tackle the weeds and trim bushes, etc.

A volunteer plant in this pot is American Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana).  I pulled this plant out of this pot a couple of years ago.  Must not have gotten all the tap root or a bird likes this perch to deposit seeds.

Poke salad, which is not a salad at all, has been eaten by Native Americans, African Americans and Southern people for decades.  But.  That’s a big but.  The plant is  poisonous and can only be consumed after taking precautions.  First, in the spring, only the young leaves and stems without any red in them are safe.  They must be boiled in at least two changes of water.  The big, juicy roots are extremely toxic and not to be eaten at all.

With this information, I wouldn’t even try them.

Chile tepin or Pequin pepper was named the official state native pepper in 1997.  They are  5–8 times hotter than jalapeños on the Scoville scale.  I just grow them for their looks and give the peppers to our son who likes the fire in the mouth taste.

Another volunteer in a pot is this big leafed plant. Just ignore the small weeds.

This is the flower at the top of its long stem.  I have no idea what it is, although I do remember planting some seeds in this pot.  Anyone know what it is?

A Texas native, Texas Kidneywood has grown amok.  It used to be a erect bush and not leaning in all directions.  I don’t know if I should trim it up or not.

Bees and other pollinators don’t seem to care how it looks.

Clammy Weed (Polanisia dodecandra) seeds were given to me by a friend years ago.  It’s the gift that keeps on giving.  Each year the seed pods break open and the wind scatters them.  It’s a North American native that loves our dry, hot summers.

Repeat blooming Irises behave a lot like natives because they’re hardy and can endure whatever weather comes along.  They are tough as nails rhizomes that multiply and have beautiful flowers.

Another gorgeous iris.  Their stems aren’t as tall this time of the year, but they still put on a great show.

A change of scenery.  Last Saturday we attended the annual Fall Landscaping Symposium in San Angelo.  Since this is an AgriLife building, they had to join the San Angelo tradition of displaying painted rams.

A little A & M humor.

The pictures show some of our state symbols, like Bluebonnets, Mocking Birds, Side Oats grass, and cotton.  Prickly pear cactus are the bottom of the legs in the previous picture.

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them is dirt.”  John Muir

2 thoughts on “On the Wild Side

    • Now I would not have thought of that. Don’t you wish we had pictures of some of those childhood events? Kids nowadays will have pictures of everything. Maybe too many.

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