Sorry, forgot the name...that's Flor de San Juan, grows wild on the property. Let's see if I can remember its newer name...Macrosiphonia langinosa var. macrosiphon, Apocyanaceae family. I looked on a site lately called Chihuahuan Desert Plants...already knew what it was, but wanted to see where it grows (besides around here). The site says Texas Rio Grande, western Edwards Plateau and Trans-Pecos Texas. Apparently, it's pretty cold-hardy, since it survived last winter. We could use some more rain around here. Rain tends to be spotty this summer...and we're just not getting much of it The Plateau Agalinis...you should see it. Can't remember when this area has had so much come up...in spite of us being shortchanged a bit on rain! Already found one Common Buckeye caterpillar on it.
Name: josephine Arlington, Texas Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
That is so neat Linda, thank you for the scientific name.
The Texas hill country has such a variety of flowers, sometimes I wish I lived there to enjoy them.
As it is we very rarely come down that way which is a shame.
Maybe when Frank retires we will be able to get around more.
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It's been summer for a while now...hot and dry, not a drop of rain. Yesterday I went to Boerne to hear Dr. Diggs talk about ferns and lycophytes. Really good meeting! Now, I have no ferns on my place. There IS a few on two properties next to mine, however. Oh, and don't remember if I mentioned before that I earlier found a species of Amsonia not too far away from us along a road. It had white flowers in the spring. I told two nursery owners in Medina about them and they eventually went to check those out. When I saw one of the nursery guys last night, he said they also spotted other Amsonia also, a bit further from us. The others they believe to be the bluish species, A. ciliata, a species they had already been starting to propagate, having gotten some from another area.
I'm thinking the white ones were Amsonia longiflora.
Thanks! The seeds are starting to be ready on the plants, so I collected a few. Will try to get some started this winter. I talked to the owner of the property back behind the fence there, who happened to come by to see if I needed help. He seemed kind of disinterested in hearing much about the plants, but was fine with me collecting there along the road. Have heard that Amsonia isn't hard to germinate!
Still hot and dry. I hope I'm wrong, but I suspect it's going to be one of those really long summers that's just unpleasant the whole time.
I believe your suspicions will prove to be valid & true, Linda....ugh! I went to work last night and at 8:30 pm,....it was still 92 degrees
Weatherman sad recently that we're about 10 degrees average...above normal temp,...these past few weeks.....but looks as though we may be blessed with some rain this coming week!
100° today. Monday will be Stage 3 water restrictions locally, I hear. Even though we don't get water from SAWS, we follow S.A. restrictions. Okay, I looked at their site today, since it's the first time they had that...because S.A. had changed last year to the new really hard-knuckles nazi-type water restrictions. Automatic sprinkler system or regular sprinklers are only allowed every other week, 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. or 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., according to assigned days. Drip irrigation or 5-gallon bucket is 3 times a week. Hand-held hose is any time. Guess they figure that if you're standing out there in the afternoon watering with a hose, you probably won't last very long anyway in that heat. Aren't you glad you don't live in an area under those rules? And don't ask me if I am going to follow those rules! I just wonder...just what percent of people are going to pay someone else to water their yard for them? And what percent aren't going to follow the rules at all.
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