We have had yet another week of hot temperatures in central Texas in tandem with some ridiculous humidity. My belt buckle (in reaction to the latest install I am executing) retracted one notch by Friday and my already full laundry basket is now officially out of control, yes best keep pulling that face Ron, I do every time I have to shimmy by it. It seems like the recent humidity has also triggered the Texas “barometer plant” to flush out its purple blooms all over town. Texas sage or…
also called purple sage, texas ranger, silverleaf, white sage, ash bush and sensia. Purple sage comes from shrublands on limestone slopes in the Chihuahuan Desert of Texas, New Mexico, and northern Mexico. This is one tough plant, it can face droughts, freezes, high winds, salt spray, hungry deer, and blazing heat and keep right on performing beautifully. It can also apparently make for a good container plant, though I have no personal experience with it in this capacity…do you?
The plant does have a tendency to get very large and leggy. I keep both of mine trimmed extremely tight to promote a denser habit and I remove their lower branches for better form.
I grow other plants like Mexican bush sage and rosemary to obscure and detract from this plants lower ‘bare’ areas.
And when they do bloom their soft purple blooms…
Some major events happened this week in the Patch:
Like me he has an infinity for Mexican feather grasses,
Compositae Chrysactinia mexicana
seems to thrive in the current furnace, as you can see it is already on its second wave of blooms. This is a great native evergreen plant with a low mounding growth, the plants aromatic foliage is also a deer and rabbit deterrent.
Interesting visitor considering I have no milkweed. Does anyone have any experience with swamp milkweed here in Austin? This beetle comes in a quite a few color variations and looks like a really large ladybug. If you are interested in insects, bugs, snakes etc you should most certainly check out the great photography in this fine Missouri blog: http://mobugs.blogspot.com/
Life in my swamps and ponds has gone berserk of late. I thinned these water lilies out only a week ago and now look at them! They do make for fantastically nutritionally-rich compost bin fodder though, I am not complaining.
Inspirational Image of the week:
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