Trial and error gardening with native plants and more in a semi-rural location on the Oak Savannah of Texas.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Peak of Fall
I know the peak of the Fall has come when my Sweetgum blazes with it`s reds , purples and yellows. The Elms, also, are really bright this year from the ,earlier than usual, freeze. We have recovered , to an extent, from the flood damage that occured on October 30-31. The road is repaired, the pool cleaned up, the fence dismantled, the sink hole filled with scores of wheelbarrows of soil and sakrete. The posts reset, the fence reassembled and more fill. Though I still have more planting soil to add, with winter approaching , I think I have an opportunity to create some plantings that I will like even more than what was lost. Today, the 19th ,is a beautiful 68 degree day and I`ve seen more butterflies on the place than I have all season. I have a huge Eleagnus that is now a screen resulting from the joining of three shrubs I planted years ago. It is in bloom and the sweet smell of its flowers fills the air everywhere and the pollinators of every type are swarming it. Here are a few photos and a video to illustrate what I`m talking about.
Back in one piece.
Grasses are maturing, in order, Brushy Bluestem, Splitbeard Bluestem, Little Bluestem, Pine Muhly.
Eleagnus under siege.
The Ajania pacifica are beginning to put on their flower buds. The butterflies will love them.