Sunday, September 9, 2012

Joys of a late summer cool front

A dry cool front came through this weekend, and knocked our 100+ degree temps down about 10 degrees. It actually feels pleasant outside, and the mosquito population appears to have dropped, too. Since oak wilt beetle activity is past its peak, I pruned the little red oak tree in the back yard, and finally decided on a spot to plant the American beautyberry bush I won at the Trowel and Error gardening seminar two springs ago.

Here's what caught my eye as I puttered around in the garden, this weekend and last.

blackfoot daisies

Blackfoot daisies

blackfoot daisies

horseherb and oxalis
Horseherb and oxalis

texas sage
Cenizo (Texas sage)

Dwarf ruellia (Mexican petunia)
Dwarf ruellia

salvia coccinea "coral nymph"
'Coral Nymph' 'Teresa' salvia greggii

mealy blue sage
Mealy blue sage


flame acanthus
Flame acanthus

'Bright Edge' yucca and 'Pot o' Gold' lantana
'Bright Edge' yucca and 'Pot o' Gold' lantana

What's catching your eye in your late summer garden? I'd love to hear about it!

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  1. You've got a lot of flowers! I can't believe this weather, I'm in heaven!

  2. That's a great collection of lovely flowers. The Salvias and the Cenizo caught my eye. Loved the Daisies too!