What?!

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There’s a white version of Cenizo (Leucophyllum frutescens)?? I must have eet. 

These were found in the hell strip area of a shopping center of all places. And there were only a few of the white variety surrounded by the more commonly found purple. 

Here’s the traditional purple in the background. 
**These pics were taken about two weeks ago…before we were water bombed with over 13 inches of rain. 

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Thank goodness it’s Friday and that it’s not raining anymore. Our 8 in rain gauge was spilling over when we returned home on Tuesday, and it continued to rain up until yesterday. glass rain gauge

The Rain Lilies approved. white rain lilies

During a break in the rain a Turks Cap berry appeared!turks cap berry

And now the flowers have come back!turks cap bloom

Two purple signs that fall is near: 

1. American Beauty Berries are ripeamerican beauty berry

2. Liatris is starting to bloom right on schedule!texas purple liatris flower

And some garden goodness: 

A big a** spider. Seriously he/she is huge. He caught a dragonfly right after I took this. 

The purple leaf pepper profiled in my July Foliage Follow-up is blooming with tiny purple flowers. purple flash pepper

Cloud drama. hill country sky

Live Oak drama. Surrounded by a giant Evergreen Sumac (not of the poisonous variety). ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’šlive oak and evergreen sumac

July 2016 Foliage Follow-up

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Uhhhh…just a few days late…but here’s my foliage follow-up for July 2016!

We’ll start with the meeting of great minds on the Golden Barrel cactus. Two things thriving in my garden right now: cactus and beetle skeletons. Budge is currently collecting them.
golden barrel beetles

golden barrel cactus in blue pot

Have you ever wondered where a dragonfly sleeps? On Passionvine of course. At least this giant one does.
dragonfly on passionvine

texas dragonfly

The following is the Budger’s creation. He chose this pepper plant from The Natural Gardener a couple of weeks ago, and wanted to plant it in a pot we’ve had for a while. Pretty good color combo for a toddler, if I do say so myself.
black pepper foliage

The turquoise and gold thing is actually a wine stopper that, after buying, I realized doesn’t actually fit any wine bottle. Guess that’s why it was on sale. Shout out to the MIL who suggested sticking it in a potted plant.
black and chartreuse foliage

Here the peppers have turned (and are turning) bright red. A very nice contrast with the sweet potato vine in the background.
black foliage pepper

Paper wasp checking things out.
pepper paper wasp

Speaking of sweet potato vine, here’s a close up. (Thanks to my sister-in-law for a lovely Mother’s Day gift) I killed the zinnias that accompanied it, so much for the thriller, but the spiller is hanging in like a champ.
sweet potato vine

I put this little plant (I don’t remember the ID) that I received from one of the garden blogger GoGos. Love the spots!
foliage plants

Recently I did something pretty dumb for a Texas gardener: I bought plants at the end of June, AND then put them straight in the ground. Why you ask? To stress them out unduly? No! Because they were ON SALE!! Less than a buck for 4-inch pots of inland sea oats?? Yes, please, and thank you Barton Springs Nursery. (FYI October is generally the best time to plant most things in Central Texas…just a few months off…)

Below you can see a Firecracker Fern dipping its bloom ย into the above mentioned Sea Oats. “Howdy Neighbor.”
firecracker fern and inland sea oats

They’re even starting to get little oats! Can’t wait to see these guys in the fall.
inland sea oats

One drawback: while they may be deer-proof, they are not Rowdy Cat proof. See the evidence below. ๐Ÿ˜ผ
cat grass inland sea oats

Returning back to the silvery blue and purple color combo (this is one of my favorites just FYI), I potted up this Blue Dune Lyme grass, initially with Purple Flash Pepper and what was supposed to be Black Pearl pepper (after admiring it in the garden of Pam Penick earlier this spring who also hosts Foliage Follow-up each month). However, I don’t know if that’s what I got…it developed peppers but they were never “pearly.”
purple and blue foliage

Purple Flash Pepper with purple foliage…drool…
Blue Dune Lyme Grass and Purple Flash Pepper

Blue Dune Lyme Grass and Purple Flash Pepper

I asked some local gardeners whether to pot the Dune grass or put it in the ground (due to spreading by Rhizomes). The overwhelming response was to pot it up!
Blue Dune Lyme Grass and Purple Flash Pepper

Blue Dune Lyme Grass

The heat just burned the peppers up though, so I added some Purple Heart, which does well in part shade and the full Texas heat.
Blue Dune Lyme Grass and Purple Heart

Another June addition to the garden, but still looking good is the variegated sedge: Carex oshimensis ‘Gold Strike.’ They may be getting a little too much sun, but I looooove them.
variegated sedge

Creekside Nursery Goldstrike Sedge

Also not Rowdy proof.
Carex Oshimensis goldstrike

Goldstrike Sedge

These were an impulse purchase after seeing them on display at Hill Country Water Gardens in Cedar Park.ย 

Better luck avoiding the sales and new beauties that I couldn’t. Although, I don’t regret it just yet.