Thursday, July 31, 2014

Finally a First Bloom on new Pride of Barbados Plants

Plants that are taken for granted in more tropical gardens are sometimes a real trick here. We're plenty hot in the summer but our winters tend to get too cold for Plants that stay green all year in say, South Texas and South Florida. Root hardy, they lose all above-ground growth.

This is a third-year seedling. I'm hopeful of the 2nd year seedlings blooming this year too before cold weather. They rarely show new growth from the roots until mid May just as I'm giving up.

In the same bed, there's a new bud on Agapanthus (the bright bud at upper right) and a spent bloom on the far bottom left has seeds turning yellow. I have seedling Agapanthus that I think will remain in a pot until next spring.  When these seeds are ripe, they need planting too. 

White Shrimp Plant bracts finally are showing tiny pink

Plants are getting crispy. We are hoping for rain the next day or two. Farmer Danny is watering peanuts now. While I was putting a soaker in the bed above, I found a snake skin about 2 feet long. Startling. I hope he finds rats to eat.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Not Quite Muhly Grass

Yesterday I wrote about Muhlenbergia capillaris, commonly called Gulf Muhly Grass. Alison mentioned that it did poorly in her PNW garden. Today Peter showed us a rough pink grass he saw in Alaska not quite suitable because of issues with the seed heads. I offer Eragrostis spp. as a substitute where pink blooms are wanted.


This is Eragrostis, Love Grass 2011, half the size of Muhly.

This is Gulf Muhly, 2012

Eragrostis is native to much of the eastern half of the U S. As best as I can determine, Muhly and Love Grass are related but do not come from a common ancestor. 

I had Eragostis in my garden before I knew its name. I dug it off the roadside. It finally died out because it was not in an ideal location. I may try again. 

It has not been easy for me to stop considering grasses as forage, hay or weeds and start to think of them as other than either lawn or weedy in the garden.

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