Today was my first chance to get back in the garden for 5 days. We had been busy giving our Canadian friends a taste of Texas life. We had an excellent tour of the State Capitol and the Bob Bullock State History Museum. We hiked around Lady Bird Lake, lunched at Whole Foods, sauntered down South Congress, took an evening cruise on the lake to watch the bats, took a picnic out to Westcave Preserve where Dave Barrett gave his wonderful tour of both the building and the grotto. On the way we hiked down to Hamilton Pool and later had dinner at Z Tejas.
Our friends really knew they were in Texas when this tarantula decided to join us for dinner on the patio. I must remember to wear my gloves in future.
I cut back the Salvia gregii a few weeks ago and the reward has been a flush of new flowers. Such a reliable and fuss free plant.
The blackfoot daisy, Melampodium leucanthum and the red ice plant were just waiting for the cooler weather to put on a show, although it really did feel more like summer today.
I had been wondering for a while what was going to show up at the end of this long stalk. I think it is a Maximillian sunflower, Helianthus maximiliani.
The rain has really brought on the plants but it has also caused the germination of thousands of seeds, many of them weeds. Today I boiled kettles of water and doused the weeds growing between the vegetable beds. It may save me having to use roundup. I also gave a few fire ant hills the same treatment.