The woolly butterflybush (Buddleja
marrubiifolia) is a Texas native, according to the
Wildflower Research Center. This cool plant
survived the summer in my hottest bed
without supplemental water. It grows 3 to
6 feet tall (mine is about 3) and
attracts butterflies, as its name implies.
We are having a beautiful fall in central Texas. The temperatures have been mostly in the upper 70s during the day, 50s and 60s at night, with a few quick cool spells. This moderate weather is probably drought related, but I'll take it. Monday evening, I was out in shorts and t-shirt. I'm so happy to live in Texas right now! (I might not have been so happy at the end of this past summer.)
Also, we have not had a freeze yet here on the hill, though some of our neighbors have. Our lowest temp so far has been 37 F.
|Above: Moses' boat, bedraggled, |
but hanging in there!
Left: Tropical sage (Salvia coccinea)
is a southern U.S. native. It suffers in
drought here, but perks up nicely with rain.
|Fleabane! This stuff volunteers - I love it!|
|Still blooming - new gold lantana . . .|
|These blackfoot daisies (Melampodium leucanthum) reappeared after our fall rains.|
|Last, but not least, flame acanthus (Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii) |
is still blooming and nourishing lots of bees. I tried to get a picture of a bee dining,
but the darn things would not pose.