Thursday, October 17, 2013

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - October

Happy fall from Central Texas.  My severely drought-stricken garden's been rain-shocked!  Following one of the driest Augusts on record (including the historic 1950's drought), the area's been deluged with rain in September and October. A cold front moved in this week causing flooding and dropping evening temps into the 50s.  Official rain count for my neighborhood totals seven inches over the past six weeks, but my rain gauges claim twice that.

A sure sign of fall is the appearance of the Sternbergia lutea, a crocus-like flower in the Amaryllis family, also called 'fall daffodil.'  A small Queen Victoria and zexmenia lie directly behind.
Sternbergia lutea

'Velvet Violet' salvia, gray globemallow, blackfoot daisies, damianita.
garden in October

Scarlet sage.
Scarlet sage

Caesalphinia mexicana, gray globemallow, and Texas lantana in the foreground; in the back, yellow bells esperanza, and some waterlogged blue plumbago.
fall garden

Mexican bush sage and yellow Knock-Out roses.
mexican bush salvia & yellow knock-out roses

This little patch of oregano dries up to brown sticks every summer and rebounds with the first wet cold spell every fall.

Rosemary in bloom.
rosemary in bloom

Bearss or Tahitian lime in bloom.
bearss lime

'Hot Lips' salvia.
hot lips salvia

In the veggie garden, the snap peas are coming up amongst the Egyptian walking white multiplying onions, and the artichoke that never budded last year has come back from the roots.
veggie garden

Horseherb is popping up everywhere.  EVERYWHERE.

'Sapphire Showers' duranta.

Dayflower or 'Widow's Tears'.  A wildflower.
widows tears

'Buff Beauty' rose.  Its leaves are yellowed from the drought.
buff beauty rose

The 'Old Blush' is budding.
old blush buds

'La Marne' is just starting to bloom.
la marne rose

Dwarf Barbados cherry.
dwarf barbados cherry

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.  Visit her blog for photos of fall blooms from all over the world.

Words and photos © 2009-2013 Caroline Homer for "The Shovel-Ready Garden". Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Fall clean-up and seed planting

I've been out in the garden, turning beds, pulling weeds and scattering fall seeds.
yucca and salvias

I always seem to plant my fall seeds too late.  Anytime between August and November is OK, but the sooner the seeds hit the soil, the more fall rain they'll enjoy.  Central Texas got a couple of solid rains in September, and the clay soil seems to be holding on to it.

In addition to the seeds pictured, I also planted bluebonnet seeds I collected from the few that came up last year, larkspur by way of MSS at Zanthan Gardens, red poppies from Bonnie at Kiss of Sun, and lemon mint from Meredith at Great Stems.

Lots of stuff blooming now, including the mealy blue sage, yellow bells esperanza, and - hey, what's that?
esperanza and sage

It's my red spider lily (Lycoris radiata), blooming for the first time.  Related to the "naked lady" lily, the foliage doesn't appear until after the bloom is spent.
spider lily

'Indigo Spires' salvia and cherry sage (S. greggii) are in bloom,

as are the blackfoot daisies and 'Velvet Violet' salvia.
salvia and daisies

Love these daisies!
blackfoot daisy

It's a little tricky weeding around this bad boy - Agave ovatifolia (Whale's Tongue agave).
whale's tongue agave

Happy fall, y'all.  What seeds are you planting in hopes of spring blooms?  

Words and photos © 2009-2013 Caroline Homer for "The Shovel-Ready Garden". Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.