Wild Thing, You Make My Heart Sing

It’s true.  My love of wildflowers really does make me happy.  Why??? Because I don’t have to water them, and they come back year after year and bloom, it seems like forever! Granted almost 4 inches of rain the other day probably doesn’t hurt either…

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In honor of National Wildflower Week, I have decided to showcase some of the wildflowers currently blooming around the house.  I’ll try to list the common and scientific, but some I was unable to come to a conclusion on their identification.

First, I’ll start with this beautiful Two-Leaf Senna (Senna roemeriana).

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This is currently my only one blooming, but holy cow isn’t she the belle of the ball?! Also note how the daisy is subtly fighting for some real estate…nice camo.

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Next, we have the pretty in pink, Texas Bedstraw (Galium texense A. Gray)Texas Bedstraw-Galium texense A. Gray

The Indian Blankets (Gaillardia pulchella) are going crazy right now… Gaillardia Pulchella 2

These seem to be the last of my Prairie Fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)IMG_2403

I love how they can brighten up a shady bed.IMG_2404

Some more gold for the garden with Zexmenia (Wedelia texana).IMG_2399

These grow like weeds in my garden and self seed like crazy.  We can mow over them, never supplement their water, and they’ll still bloom like crazy.  This is a must-have perennial for your xeric garden that has crappy/no soil.

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Some critters hanging out in the shade of a Square bud primrose (Calylophus berlandieri)…growing happily in the ditch for the past three years!

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The Indian Paintbrushes (Castilleja indivisa) are still going strong while the Bluebonnets are starting to fade…

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Some Blue Sage (Salvia texana)…I think…Blue Sage--Salvia Texana

Some Blue Gilia (Gilia capitata) makes for a bright and happy little ground cover.

Blue Giia

Got no idea what this little yellow jewel is.  Help a sister out??IMG_2373 IMG_2372

A perennial favorite, Four-Nerve Daisy (Tetraneuris scaposa)

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I can’t decide what these are…Four-Nerves or some other kind of flower in the Aster family??

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Prickly Pear (Opuntia) about to bloom, so it counts right?

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The Bluebonnets are starting to dwindle but the Blackfoot Daisies  are just starting to put on their show.

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These cute little Mexican Hats (Ratibida columnifera) looked more like ballerinas dancing in time with the wind.

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or maybe space ships taking off!IMG_2395IMG_2394

And last but not least, and also not a wildflower, but a wild critter…IMG_2410

Can you see hims?? A green (or rather brown) anole…again, I think.IMG_2408

?He? (and I) wish you a very happy Friday and Mother’s Day weekend!

Update: I thought I would add some sites and apps that I found useful in identifying the wildflowers found on the property.

Gary Regner Photography: Wildflower Index

Wildflowers of Central Texas

Special Collections: Central Texas Wildflowers

Wildflowers of Central Texas by Sutro Media iPhone App

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