Friday, August 15, 2008

Was That a Weed I Pulled?

I tucked seeds of Tithonia here and there around the garden amongst things like Saliva leucantha, for fall bloom.

Now that some have managed to escape my notice and grow up to recognizable size, I realize that I've pulled up some of them thinking they were cockleburs or some other weed!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Wattle Fence with Cypress Vine

Cypress Vine is a hummingbird fav. The wattle fence is temporary, four iron rebar posts with redbud limb weavers tied with bits of twine.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Without Blossoms

Alternanthera does have blooms, but they're insignificant and usually in the off season.

The Chartreuse, not as vigorous a grower as the darker green has not filled in completely. The darker green will turn red as the days shorten into fall.

Friday, August 8, 2008


Esperanza, or Tecoma stans, and Pride of Barbados, Caesalpinia pulcherrima
Both seed grown, both in their second summer.
Cold kills them back to the ground in this climate,
but they come back readily.

The up side of awful August weather is that tropical plants thrive in heat and humidity.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Dog Day Morning

Red Porterweed and Red Ruellia

Laura Bush petunias, white Datura and melampodium

'Brocaded Gown' daylily and melampodium

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Tropical Fever

It's hot, it's humid and the tropicals are blooming.

Caesalpinia pulcherrima


Saturday, August 2, 2008

Naked Ladies

Naked, in the sense that their stems are not clothed with leaves. The leaves are a spring occurance; the blooms come mid-summer.

Lycoris squamigera

Yet to bloom: Lycoris radiata (red), and yellow Lycoris lutea.