Sunday, September 21, 2014

Wild Things in my Garden

Rain Lilies (Zephyranthes Citrina)
 We had rain this week!
One and six tenths inches to be exact. 
Everything is perking up and greening up and popping up.
I never remember that we have rain lilies until they pop up. 



I'm going into a new direction with my gardens and landscaping. 
Well, I'm deep into the research and mostly day dreaming about a new direction. 
More on all that later.
For now, suffice it to say that I am embracing all the native plants that grow right here and now on my property. 

Rain lily ( Cooperia Drummondii)

Each day I go out with camera (iphone) in hand and select plants to research and identify and basically learn more about.
I want to learn their formal or botanical names even if I can't pronounce them.
Sometimes it is not easy to identify one from the other.
Consider this white rain lilie for example.
The only way I could differentiate Cooperia drummondii from Cooperia pedunculata was by the length of the floral tube, and their primary bloom period.
This one, the Cooperia drummondii has a floral tube 3-7" long and blooms most frequently in September and October.
Where as the Cooperia pedunculata has a floral tube 1-1.5" long and blooms primarily in the spring.



Yesterday the yellow rain lilies were blooming.
I didn't remember until I saw the blooms that I planned to dig some to plant in a garden rather than depend on seeing them in the lawn that gets mowed.


I stopped after potting 15 or 20.
And then I discovered a white one.
Only one. 
I didn't disturb it.
I was surprised this morning to discover all the yellow lilies closed and a large area of white lilies opened.
Why would one color bloom one day and the other color bloom the next day?
A curious thing until I dug the first white one and discovered the white lilie bulb was deeper than the yellow lilies.
I remembered from my research yesterday that the bulbs will suck themselves down to the correct depth.
I know this is more than you may be interested in but here is one more observance from by bulb digging.
The yellow lilie has no fragrance at all. 
The white lilies surprised me this morning with a sweet fragrance.

Creature of the Week 

Isn't he beautiful. 
I did a quick google search but could not identify him. 
He is just a Lizard.

 Old Business

I finally did get photos of the Four O'clocks. 
I think they are stunning.

8 comments:

  1. I absolutely love reading about your research of the lilies in your yard and garden. I am ever so thankful for google as now I'm able to know so much more about what is around me too. I'd love to see you make a collage of your garden shadow pictures. I can just imagine how creative it would be, especially seeing that hat in the shadow for each picture of the collage. One of the reasons I am drawn to your blog is that you are always creating excitement, even from small things. I can never wait to see, "what's next?" Thanks you.

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    1. Thank you. I have a book, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist which is my first place to start looking to identify. I'm not in the Texas hill country region but close enough that many of the flowers are in my region too. Then I go to the web and look some more. I love Google. How did we ever learn before. I appreciate your coments about my shadow pics.

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  2. I love the four o'clocks-they look like they have spatters of paint on them. Very interesting about the lilies adjusting their depth in the ground.

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    1. Thanks and I agree the four o'clocks look like they are spattered with red. I was wishing I had other colors and I do have a pale yellow but when I took the white pic I just swooned over the pure white.

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  3. I've never heard of rain lilies. They are certainly pretty though. Our four o'clocks re-seed themselves every year. That's my kind of plant.

    Darla

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  4. I have lots of those blue tailed lizards at my house. They are sweet. They just lay around in the sun and soak it up.

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  5. Lovely post! I love the rain lilies! The little lizard is a blue tailed skink! They look so lazy in the sub, but they are fast.

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    1. *sun, I would never put one on a sub. ;)

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