Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Crinums

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CRinum bulbispermum

This is a variety originally from South Africa. The Sangria hybrid is sought for it's 2' maroon, strap shaped leaves and pink spring flower.







































































This hybrid is also a Crinum bulbispermum but it is Crinum x powellii 'Roseum'





CRINUM americanum



American crinum lily, Crinum lily

Swamp lily, Southern swamp lily, String lily, Seven sister





Imagine early explorer's delight finding this cluster of unusual strappy leaves growing  in boggy and swampy areas, the mystery in wondering what type of flowers they produced, if any, and then finding the beautiful, enthusiastic white clusters coming forth with what seems like hardly any effort.

 AMERICAN CRINUM LILY
Moninckx atlas, vol. 6: t. 29 (1682-1709)
 CRINUM AMERICANUM
 Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, t. 1014-1059, vol. 26
(1807), Sydenham Teast Edwards (1768 – 1819)
Source: Plant Illustrations



Explore Further

Amaryllidaceae Family 
Resources
Pacific Bulb Society
Ogden, Scott. Garden Bulbs for the South. Portland, Or: Timber Press, 2007. Print.
Manning, John, Peter Goldblatt, and D A. Snijman.;The Color Encyclopedia of Cape Bulbs. Portland: Timber Press, 2002. Print.
Knight, Anthony.; A Guide to Poisonous House and Garden Plants. Hoboken: Teton NewMedia, Inc, 2014. Internet resource.












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Monday, July 24, 2017

Summer Orange in My Garden

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I believe this is a Mexican sunflower  (Tithonia rotundifolia) from a Botanical Interest package for pollinators.




Hummingbird bush
















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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Walking Stick Cholla

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Cactus Gardening

CREATING drought tolerant gardens


Cholla, Opuntia imbricata or Cylindropuntia imbricata


Landscape Plan + Cholla + rock + spiny lizard + .......





Black and white detail





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Desert Willow

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Landscape Gardening 

Adding Summer interest


Desert willow is considered a shrub or small tree native to parts of the southwestern United States. 









































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Friday, July 21, 2017

Crested Fasciation

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Gardening Mysteries

Fasciation on Texas Mountain Laurel Tree


Texas Mountain Laurel is a small tree known for it's grape scented purple pea-shaped flowers that bloom in the spring. Occasionally it will develop an unusual growth called a fasciation. The fasciation appears as though parts of the growth have "melted" together. There are several possible reasons for this, (stress, bacteria).  This symptom can be seen in other plants, as well, and can be a desirable trait. Celosia is another plant that comes to mind.










                                                                               
Texas Mountain Laurel (Sephora  secundiflorum or Dermatophyllum secundiflorum)




Fasciation exhibited in Celosia

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Buttonbush

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Gardening for wildlife


CREATING wildlife habitats

Common buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalisgrows well in a sandy, wet environment. The seeds of the buttonbush are eaten by ducks.
















































The buttonbush is a member of the Madder family (Rubiaceae). Other family members include Pentas, Gardenias, Coffea (coffee), Cinchona (the source of quinine), and dyer's madder (used to make red dye).



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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Milkweed Seed Pods

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Butterfly Gardening Botanical Identification

CREATING wildlife Habitats



Green Milkweed, Antelope horn milkweed  (Asclepias viridis)
Green milkweed pods are usually erect, 2 ½ -5 in (6-13 cm) long and ½ – ¾ in (1-2 cm) wide. 
Milkweed is a host plant to the Monarch butterfly larvae.



























A silky, hair-like structure assists in dispersing the seeds
 when the pods break open.  





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