Signs of Fall

Today the temperatures are more bearable at 90.  This morning was in the 60’s and gave me hope for a possible change in the weather.  The rain last week gave new life to the flowers in the yard.  The squirrels and birds are enjoying the flowers, berries and seeds.  The bees, both the small agile and heavy bodied ones are also active in the yard. The slow moving fall butterflies are some of my favorite, hesitantly fluttering and resting on updrafts, dancing and tumbling from bloom to bloom.


plumbagoIn the Reece yard the Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata) and Shrimp Plant (Beloperone guttata) bloom from spring on into winter.  The Plumbago peters out after the first frost but one year our Shrimp Plant bloomed all the way through winter and kept going until the next winter when everything froze.  It looked sad for a few months and then perked up again.  Both plants are drought tolerant perennials. pink turks capAlso making a colorful comeback are the Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus drummondii) both the red that is common and the random pink one that came from a mysterious 4 inch pot and has spread to take up 4 square feet. 


American Beautyberry

Signs of fall in our yard are the American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) and the Inland Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) who are both putting on a nice show.  American Beautyberry berries are colorful clusters of vivid magenta that birds seem to enjoy in late summer.  If you would like yours to be more full, trim by at least half in winter.  Ours has not been attended and is spindly and happily sprawls out over the Inland sea oats.  The Inland sea oats are a  two foot tall grass that grows in clumps.  The seeds hang green in the spring and in the fall turn first creamy and then brown. They dangle like feathers from a dream catcher and catch the sun. If you are a tidy gardener, you may consider clipping the seeds off, rather than enjoying random outcroppings showing up all over the yard as we do.


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