I have always had a weakness for the more delicate of our wildflowers so I was happy to see that for the first time the violet wood sorrel, Oxalis violacea, has appeared in my garden. I'm sure readers are saying they have this plant growing everywhere but for me it is a joy to see this one plant has found a home in my garden. I would be happy to see it growing as a carpet.
It is growing beneath the unnamed clematis which I purchased from the Wildflower Center. It is of the group of clematis that share the name leather flower, possibly Clematis viorna.
My entry courtyard is full of yellow blooms, Engelmann's daisy, Engelmannia peristenia, being one flower of the more boisterous.
I always try to gather up seeds before they fall but some always escape. They will grow out of rock crevices and in the gravel.
My gravel garden is a perfect place for Zexmenia, Wedelia texana. Another plant whose seeds need controlling.
The square but primrose, Calylophus berlandieri, is one flower I would be happy to see seed out but it never does.
The purple skull cap, Scutellaria wrightii, and Blackfoot daisy, Melampodium leucanthum, mass together along the edge of the dry creek.
This same skullcap can be trimmed to form a low mounding plant.
|Scutellaria wrightii in the sunken garden|
They are quite distinct from the trailing wine cup, Callirhoe involucrata, with its heavy foliage.
Another member of the mallow family, rock rose Pavonia lasiopetala,
I am always on the lookout for plants that form tidy mounds. A chance seedling of gray vervain,Verbena canescens, pruned to form a mound.
You have to get close up to appreciate its tiny flowers. It seeded in a few places and I have moved the seedlings into other areas.
I took a walk in my meadow today and discovered several delicate blooms. The first the Colorado Venus' Looking-Glass, Triodanis coloradoensis.
and Prairie brazoria, Warnockia scutellarioides.
Now that the bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush have set seed it is the time for the yellow flowers to carpet the meadow.
Antelope horn, Asclepias asperula, in the meadow.
HAPPY NATIONAL WILDLFOWER WEEK TO ALL MY READERS.