The Caryopteris is a new plant for me this year and I expect it will be better every year.
You know that fall is near when the Leavenworth eryngo begins to change to a deep purple. This plant is a volunteer from a plant I had in the front of the house last year. None of the seed I saved and planted came up, but I suppose the birds or the wind planted this one out back. I hope I can keep it going year to year in this alien,( for this particular plant), oak savannah. The first picture is the first flower to form.
The later flowers are following the change.
The shady area on the creek side of the house is a pleasant place in August. One walks down from the deck to the pool area and passes some shade loving plants, Hostas, Coleus, various grasses and sages, and Blue mistflower taken from the wild. This is the time it begins to bloom and it also signals late summer.
Coleus, Aztec grass, Maiden grass, Papyrus, Potato vine, Bamboo muhly. Dwarf Mexican petunia, and Passion vine. Cherry laurels in the foreground. They are prolific along the creek.
A view from the shade out to the sunny front.
Inland sea oats in full seed.
Soft leaf yucca , doubled in size in a year !
Another sign that the days are getting shorter is the budding Fall obedient plant.
Wild bergamot gone to seed, need some anyone? Let me know!
Along with playing in my plots, I`ve been busy gathering seeds in the wild. Lemon mint, American basket flower, Silver bluestem, Prairie parsley, Illinois bundle flower and whatever else I can lay my hands on. I`ve killed about 600 square feet of bahia grass out in the back prairie patch and am going to experiment with seeding without the competition of the s,mfdglkuy5o7i8yr,ekjh bahia ! I`m also going to stay on top of the winter rosettes and transplant more species during winter.
Happy August ! September and planting time will be here soon.