Thursday, October 16, 2014

Native wildflowers around me

 I am surrounded by nature's beauty. 
Early Fall is just as vibrant as spring here in my part of Texas. 
I swoon over the goldenrod which as you can see grows taller than me.
Partridge Pea
 And the partridge pea captivates me. 
Though you cannot see the little yellow flower so good because of the focus, do note the seed pods. 
I planned all summer to collect seeds pods as the partridge pea is an annual and I want to incorporate some in the gardens nearer to the house. 
I was successful but as the pod ripens, it twists open and flings the seeds. 
Don't you love natures secrets.  
Rough-leaf Dogwood
 Rough-leaf dogwood is an understory tree that has beautiful creamy-white flowers and then white berry fruit in the spring and I am so tempted to plant some in my yard gardens but I know from watching it grow wild here on my acreage that it can take over and I fear I might regret its rampant spreading from underground shoots.  
Ladies' Tresses
 Ladies Tresses is a small erect orchid that is supposedly rare here in my county but I have recorded its presence as far back as May 1999. 
The white flowers are spirally arranged and according to, Wildflowers of Texas Hill Country by Marshall Enquist, "they are next to impossible to transplant". I would love to try but may not bother them. 
The problem is they grow in a mowed area. 
 I am unsure what this plant is but I do love it. I think it may be a type of Amaranth but haven't been able to identify it. 
I love the rust color on the stems and the way the flower head hangs. It grows taller than me.
White Boneset
 Another beautiful tall plant that is used in native gardens. 
Low Wild Petunia
 How can you not love this? 
Well, all I can tell you, it is a self-seeding perennial that you can not just pull up to remove. The root system is such that you must dig to get rid of it.
 The fox-glove were beautiful this year.
Western Ironweed

American Beautyberry
 The birds devour these seeds and you'll miss seeing them if they find them first. 
Wild Violet
The violets aren't in bloom now but I do have a nice stand of them down near the creek.

I have been trying to photo and document the native plants growing right here because there are so many. 
Most of the photos are from mid September.
I can enjoy them where they are but I do have plans to bring some closer to me.

Hope you are enjoying your fall gardens as I am.


  1. BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL wild walk with you, Sharon. and yes, I am enjoying the fall differences this year in Northern California. it can be so different from year to year, as well as seasons. for instance this summer the crape myrtles have bloomed for a long time with in between stops and starts, very unusual and most welcome! ishwing you an NOT EXTREME any kind of winter!

  2. Be careful where you put the wild violets. They were growing in the woods so I put some around my goldfish pond and another little bed and they are everywhere now. I wish I'd have left them where I found them. They do get a pretty purple violet in the spring, but no scent. I've been trying to pull them up, but they are still there.


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