This is how the ground looks outside my garden walls.
Other parts of Texas may have been fortunate to receive rainfall in the last month or so but here none has fallen. It seems we are to have another droughty year.
And yet, even in this inhospitable environment of thin, dry soils and rock plants manage to survive. I have not identified this ground hugging, silvery foliaged plant but en masse it makes for an attractive ground cover. I think it might like a place in my own rock gardens.
A few stands of prickly pear, Opuntia ( unknown species)
and a newly identified wildflower which I believe to be Colorado Venus's Looking Glass, Triodanis coloradoensis. If I am correct then this flower, of the bluebell family, is endemic to the Hill Country.
I have many wine-cups of the trailing variety, Calliroe involucrata, so it was exciting to find the standing wine-cup, Callirhoe digitata, also enjoying this harsh environment.
I find great reward in finding new plants in the wild.
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