Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Red Salvia coccinea and Indigo Spires

What would Central Texas gardeners do without the many salvias we have?  They're a mainstay in my garden.  Blues and purples, coral and reds.....they're all welcome here.  And....the always important asset....the DEER DON'T LIKE THEM!

The Salvia 'indigo spires' above, came with us from our old garden.  It's about ten years old, and still going strong.  It should have been cut back hard at the end of July.  I'd cut it back in June, and that was too early. 

It's a bit too leggy...needs more sun that it gets where it is.  It'll be moving soon.

I've been pleased with the Salvia coccinea I planted this year.  Sometimes called Scarlet Sage, it's a texas native.  It reseeds itself.  That's fine with me.  I spread them around.

I also have Salvia coccinea coral.  It hasn't reseeded like the red....unfortunately.

Mealy Blue Sage, Salvia farinacea, is another blue...

....and white.

Salvia greggii, also known as Atumn sage or Cherry sage, is a great performer.
Evergreen and very drought tolerant. 

This red came with us from the old garden.

The pink came with the house.

For fall blooms, Pineapple Sage, Salvia elegans, is a good one.

I really like the spikey red blooms.  It makes a nice bush all summer....even though, this is another one I should have pruned back midsummer.

View from master bath window.

Another great fall bloomer, is Mexican Bush Sage, Salvia leucantha.

I like the fuzzy purple spikes.

I have the solid purple, and the purple with white tips.  I think I like the all purple best. 

It should have been pruned back, too.  I think I need to do a better job, next summer.
There will be more of this one planted.

There are many more salvias, and I plan to add more to my garden. 

Salvias are dependable bloomers.  The bees and hummingbirds love them.  And, again...


What more could you ask.

Happy Gardening...



Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fall in the Grove...

We've had some wonderful weather, for the last week.  Fall is finally here.

The grasses in the grove are glowing in the late afternoon sun.

With the extra rain this year, we've had a lot more growing in the Deer Grove....that's the wooded area behind our house.  The sun sends shafts of light, between the trees.

The fountain type grass, is still making a show.  It's been joined by a couple others.

I did some research and think I know what kind they are.  If anyone knows something different, please let me know.

I think this might be Lindheimer muhly, Muhlenbergia lindheimeri.  It's not as tall as the description, but looks a lot like the pictures.

This is either Ear Muhly, Mulenbergia arenacea, or Gulf Muhly, Muhlenbergia capillaris.  Since it's not very pink, I'm thinking it's the Ear Muhly.

And, this must be Big Bluestem, Andropogon gerardii. 

We're really enjoying this show of grasses.  Coming from an urban setting, where grasses were mostly mowed down, it's good to see them left alone.

And, we're enjoying the weather.  It makes it so pleasant to get out there and work in the garden.  I hope you're having the same fun.

Happy Gardening...