Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wildflower Wednesday July 2014: Matelea reticulata

So pretty and delicate it could be a lacy dress trim--if any of us still wear such things.

Matelea reticulata or Green Milkweed Vine is my choice for Wildflower Wednesday July 2014.  Wildflower Wednesday on the fourth Wednesday of each month is when Gail of Clay and Limestone invites garden bloggers to post about native flowering plants in their garden.

The delicate netted flowers with the iridescent pearl centers make it easy to see why Pearl Milkweed is also one of its common names.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Foliage Follow-up July 2014: Cannas and Caladiums add summer color

Foliage Follow-up hosted by Pam at Digging invites posts about foliage in the garden so today I'm showing my recent update of the face planter in the front garden.  Just over two years ago for Foliage Follow-Up in April of 2012 I posted about planting the face planter.  The deer developed a taste for the original planting of Cordyline so I replaced them with burgundy Cannas.   Everything looked great for a couple of years but by spring 2014 it needed a rework, especially since the Yucca 'Color Guard' plants were not getting enough sun.

I decided to leave the Cannas in place since they were doing so well.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day July 2014

It's been a surprising year in my gardens with a record cold winter slowing down the spring blooms to the point that we have a Bluebonnet in July.  No kidding, this early March bloomer has surprised with a bloom as we near the hottest time of year.  I'm joining Carol at May Dreams Gardens for Garden Blogger's Bloom Day and sharing blooms in my garden for July.

Monday, July 7, 2014

U is for Ungnadia speciosa

Continuing my series on Plant ABCs with the Ungnadia speciosa or Mexican Buckeye.  The ABCs of plants in my garden is a series featuring a plant in my garden for each letter of the alphabet.  Once the alphabet is completed I will continue to add plant profiles with the goal of an alphabetized plant list for reference.

The letter "U" is somewhat rare in plant naming and often skipped on plant lists.  As rare as it is there are two plants native to my region of Texas with botanical names beginning with the letter "U" and one of them is the Ungnadia speciosa or Mexican Buckeye.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Dynamite Red, Vinca White, and Plumbago Blue for the Fourth!

Red, White, and Blue posts for the Fourth of July have been a tradition at Rock-Oak-Deer--if three years can be considered a tradition.  A year ago this week I published my favorite posts about the gardens at The Warrior Family Support Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio and I've been volunteering each week since then to help maintain the gardens.

The Red, White, and Blue garden has reached its peak bloom just in time for Fourth of July celebrations.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wildlife Wednesday July 2014

Over the nearly three years I've been blogging I've enjoyed sharing some of the wildlife visitors to my garden under the heading "Garden Visitors" and now I have even more reason to post these photos.  Tina at "My Gardener Says.." has started a new meme as a way of sharing the wildlife we encounter in the garden and she's invited garden bloggers to participate on the first Wednesday of each month.  I'll join in as often as I can starting off with a few of our wildlife visitors this year.

We have to watch our step in the gardens lately since these little toads, barely an inch long, are running rampant for the first time in years.  I think that's due to several weeks of regular rainfall which has left small pools of water in the creek.  They are probably Texas Toads and will provide a natural pest control service the rest of the summer by eating the mosquitoes which are resulting from all this rain.  With the local bat population decimated, this is a positive development.

Monday, June 30, 2014

End of Month View June 2014

June has been great for growing here in San Antonio, with cloudy days, relatively cool temperatures, and almost daily predictions of rain that ensure new plants and transplants have a fighting chance.  That's unusual for here, and has allowed continued planting and transplanting later than normal.  It's been good to have plenty of rain for a change after almost none all winter.  In this post I'm joining Helen at The Patient Gardener for the End of Month View of my garden for June 2014 to look at the progress.

Summer begins in the front garden with most of the blooms taking a rest while the silvery agaves and yuccas take center stage.  The Bismarck Palm which took a big hit this past winter is recovering and producing new fronds again.