Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Posted by ChrisU at 3:37 PM
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I love the Aloe saponaria that's flowering in the top picture. So do hummingbirds and we saw hordes of them and lots of butterflies too. The aloe came with the house but I've been propagating and moving it along almost from our first visit. The clump in the picture has all grown from one large rosette that I moved across the garden to that space by the driveway. I've established about half a dozen more potential colonies, and though none are this large yet, all of them had at least one flower spike with active flowers. It's cool to watch the hummingbirds serially visiting.
The Pinus palustris, Longleaf pine, in the middle picture has grown, in six years, from about a three foot plant to just bout 20 feet tall. I love the species and this individual plant. It's an iconic pine of the Coastal Plain, growing from Texas north to, or almost to, Maryland.
The silvery plant in the front of the bottom picture is Leucophyllum frutescens, Texas sage; the groundcover beneath it is a scrub native, Dyschoriste oblongifolia or twinflower. It's spreading nicely and with luck, will cover the entire bed in another year or so. Leucophyllum is one of the toughest plants I've encountered. Once established, easily, it can live cheerfully through months of 90+ temperatures without any significant precipitation. I love the twinflower; it would be nice if it were evergreen, but it takes all kinds.
Posted by ChrisU at 3:13 PM