September 08, 2020
It’s oxblood lily time, child! That pleasure you hear is my delight over the early and sudden
finish to break from Texas’s interminable summer season. Late final week, two inches of rain and a welcome drop in temperatures made it really feel like early October moderately than early September. As quickly because the rain ended, up popped the crimson trumpets of oxblood lily (Rhodophiala bifida).
I consider that is the same old time of 12 months for oxbloods to placed on a present all through Austin, however wanting again by my weblog posts from final 12 months, I discovered nothing — not until early October. After all September 2019 was dreadfully scorching and dry. This September is extra to their liking, and mine!
I’ll have extra oxblood lilies to indicate you in my upcoming publish about Tom Ellison’s backyard, so stayed tuned.
Sweet-pink rain lilies additionally popped up proper after the rain.
Nicely, why cease with simply the bulbs? Let’s go on a walkabout once more to see what else is occurring. Tecoma ‘Orange Jubilee’ has been flowering and attracting native bees.
Talking of bee attraction, evergreen sumac (Rhus virens) has completely erupted with flowers, and the bees are in heaven. It’s the white-flowering tree between two reside oak trunks.
That is the most effective it has ever flowered, I feel, within the 12 years we’ve lived right here. In one other month, white mistflower, one of many rambling woody perennials in that mattress, will take over with white, pollinator-attracting flowers that proceed into early November.
Hopefully the brand new white ‘Icecap’ roses (at left) will nonetheless be blooming then. Silver ponyfoot within the Orbit planters is starting to path downward, including extra frostiness.
Beneath the ‘Traveller’ weeping redbud and a chlorotic loropetalum, ‘Katie’ dwarf ruellia has been placing on a present for weeks. I like the best way it’s grown right into a winding river of slender leaves with crapey, purple flowers.
‘Katie’ ruellia does unfold by seed, however to not any diploma of annoyance in my backyard.
Out entrance within the island mattress, reliable native Turk’s cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii) raises the pink lantern — tons of of them — to the delight of bees and hummingbirds.
You need hummers too? That is the principle plant I’d suggest for anybody in central Texas who needs hummingbirds darting about of their backyard. It grows effectively in shade, half shade, or morning solar, and it’s drought tolerant and deer resistant. All it wants is an enormous cutback in mid-February and possibly one other one-third trim in July or August.
Firebush (Hamelia patens) and firecracker fern (Russelia rotundifolia) add extra reds to the squid agave mattress within the yard.
As we head into our second spring, aka autumn, it’s thrilling to see vegetation begin flowering once more, particularly since we bought such a very good rain and the Dying Star has relented. Is something new blooming in your backyard as summer season involves an in depth?
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