This week I'm joining Gail at Clay and Limestone for Wildflower Wednesday. Wildflower Wednesday is a special opportunity to track the progress of the wildflowers I am establishing in my yard.
It's amazing what happens when you put out the welcome mat for native plants and flowers. For example, these Indian Blanket flowers (Gaillardia pulchella) or Firewheel surprised me by blooming this week.
It has taken several years of encouragement, but now the wildflowers are gaining foothold. This week adds the Indian Blankets as one more wildflower on the list of those successfully blooming in the lawn. Only a few appeared this year but this is just a beginning. Indian blankets grow easily in the San Antonio area and I love looking at thick plantings of them along the local roadsides each year. The purple flowers on the right are Prairie Verbena (Glandularia bipinnatifida) going to seed and a few bluebonnets are still holding on due to our cool weather this spring. Prairie Verbena started the wildflower idea going by appearing in the native buffalo grass lawn each spring until I finally got the message and started seeking out other local wildflowers to join them.
The Texas bluebonnet seeds are beginning to dry on the plants. The
seed crop is a bit disappointing due to the lack of bees this year.
Look closely at the stems and there should be a row of three seed pods
at every node. The existence of blank nodes means those flowers were
We'll collect and treat the bluebonnet seeds again to ensure maximum germination.
These Stiff Greenthread (Thelesperma filifolium) flowers are new in the backyard this year having seeded themselves.
The bright yellow flowers appear as the bluebonnets begin to fade.
Greenthread flowers pop up everywhere around the neighborhood when left alone, like along the curb in our front yard.
To learn more about wildflowers be sure to check out the links at Clay and Limestone. A big thank you to Gail for hosting Wildflower Wednesday.