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?  

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1 comment:

  1. I'm not much of a seed planter. I use too much wood mulch to make seeds happy, plus I'm never willing to save room for them. Actually, I did start zinnias and castor bean from seed last spring, but the deer ate all my seedlings. Sigh. Hey, your garden is looking gorgeous in fall bloom!