Fall Aster-Symphyotrichum oblongifolium
Every time I go to a favorite , out of the way nursery in Waco, Bonnie`s Greenhouse, the owner usually gives me a small plant as a freebie. I ask what a particular, small 4 inch pot was and she told me it was African Blue basil. She said I would love it, so I took it home and popped it into an out of the way small nook near the pool. It has rewarded me with rapid growth and constant blooms since April. The bees love it. Here are a couple of shots with the pollinators busy.
The cacti are even putting on color.
Nipple Cactus-Coryphantha sulcata
Scarlet sage is scattered all around my landscape but most of it is past it`s prime ,as I have failed to cut it back for it`s third round of bloom. There is one volunteer clump that arose in one of the places the chicken tractor was parked and it`s growth is large and lush as one might expect, given the extra nitrogen.
Dorothy Borders of Gardening With Nature turned me on to Chili Pequin in one of her posts. I planted it in the worst of the heat wave and gave a it a little extra shade for few weeks. It has settled in quickly and is a fun plant to grow and to look at. I haven`t seen the birds on it yet, but Dorothy says they love it.
Another all summer long-into -the-Fall performer has been the Narrowleaf Zinnia that I got from two packages of seed I bought at Great Outdoors in Austin, It can`t be found up here in local nurseries and I`m hoping that the seed heads will work for next year. I`ve really enjoyed it. I think Shirley`s Rock-Oak-Deer is the first place I saw it. Thanks ,Shirley !
There are a lot more great plants showing well in the gardens now, these are only a few of my favorites now. I`ll be back soon for a look at the grasses in the wild patches and in the gardens. They are beginning to make their own show. It`s easy to smile now that the weather has cooled and the rains have come in abundance. Let`s keep praying that nature is finally going to end this years long drought .