11.01.2009

Last Blooms

We had our first frost this morning. It makes me so glad I took a walk through my garden the other day. I took a few pictures of the sights in my garden on a beautiful crisp autumn day. I thought I would share a bit of that day with you.
This little Red Fox Veronica was new to my garden this year and has done very well. I especially look forward to next year when it will fill out more.

My plumbago and bunny tail grass looked so pretty together this year.

I love how fluffy each seed head is and how reliable it has been.

Of course the Mexican petunia and lantana are Texas garden staples.

I love all colors and types of salvias. They do great in the Texas heat and light


This was started from some seed gathered from another garden. I had actually forgotten that I had sown some last fall and so it was such a nice surprise when I had these beautiful blooms pop up in some areas that tended to be trouble spots before. And my goats, Bert and Ernie did not seem to munch on them at all. Good news! Not sure what kind it is though. Could it be a tithonia?



This lantana grew to be as tall as me (5' 4 ") and about 4 foot wide. I finally trimmed it up and that helped it to look so pretty. I have been told you can create topiary with these. This one might be a good one to train each year.



This pretty Esperanza will probably perish in the cold this summer. I planted it in a pot that could probably be moved but it is such a heavy pot to move and I have already crowded my home with so many plants. Sometimes I have to make choices about which to save. I am hoping to make a greenhouse this next year so that I won't have to let this happen anymore.



This pretty red rose is just outside my front door. It has the prettiest blooms every year. I am not sure what rose it is because it was planted before we had the home.


I have lots of mums. I have been working on getting my garden to have a wonderful fall display. I have a ways to go yet but I work on it bit by bit.

Here is another shot of one of the velvety red roses just outside my front door.

Here is another salvia that I planted from seed. It was supposed to be a miniature variety but it gets pretty tall. this one reached 3 feet. I still really liked it.

Vinca is a great and reliable annual to plant in Texas. They are drought and heat tolerant. I love there bright color. They always look so pretty just when the season ends.

I hope you enjoyed this little bit of my garden.
Until next time.
Debbie
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16 comments:

janie said...

I love the salvias. I have not heard of nor seen that Foxy Red salvia. I will be on the lookout for it.

The yellow flower is not a tithonia, which is bright orange and a plant that gets very large. I think yours is a coreopsis, a Texas native, gone commercial. I like it.

Love all your pictures.

Darla said...

I really did enjoy seeing a bit of your gardens!

Susie said...

You have some nice blooms still going on in your yard Debbie. I think your yellow flower is either a coreopsis or a gaillardia.

Kanak Hagjer said...

Very cheerful colours in your garden, Debbie. I love the container with the vincas. And the Red Foxy salvia is new to me. The blooms are striking!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Debbie,

I loved seeing all your pretty flowers in your garden. I especially loved your rose.
I wouldn't have thought you would get any frosts in Texas.
Many thanks for visiting my blog.

Hugs
Carolyn

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

It looks like it's been very pretty there. It's so rewarding seeing how big things started from seed can get. I feel lucky we haven't had our first frost yet, I know it won't be too long though.

Grace Peterson said...

Hi Debbie~~ NICE. I'm wondering if the 'Red Foxy' isn't Veronica spicata 'Red Fox.' If you check Google Images I think you might agree. I have this plant too and adore it and found that it will bloom much longer if I don't let it die of thirst. Duh. Love the red roses. And I'm extremely jealous of your 5 foot tall Lantana. I need a heated greenhouse. Stat.

texasdaisey said...

Sorry everyone I did mess up. The plant I called a Red Foxy salvia is a Red Fox Veronica. I do apologize for any confusion.
Debbie

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

It's funny, but I have salvia that got about as tall as yours...and I planted it from seed as well. I thought it just might not be getting enough sun & that's why it kept 'reaching' for it...but maybe it was meant to do that. You have some springy/summery blooms still hanging on in your garden;-)

lynn'sgarden said...

Debbie, it's still summer-like in your garden with all these beautiful blooms! Yes, lantanas are easy to train into a standard...I've done many :) Love that velvety rose is right by the door to greet you!

Blossom said...

Oh I enjoyed that little bit of your garden very much!! That's a lot to see and admire. I didn't know lantana can grow so high. I guess the lantanas I have in my garden are midget ones.

Rosey Pollen said...

Hi Deb,
The more I see of Texas in gardening blogs, the more I love it! You have some intriguing blogs, and I am enjoying taking a look at the pretty blooms you post. Thanks for stopping by my blog to comment about why you blog about your garden. Nice to meet ya!
Rosey

Tootsie said...

I think I should just move to Texas...they seem to have some wonderful gardens there!!! (yours absolutely included) And...there are a lot of my favorite bloggers in that area too!

Susan said...

Sorry to hear that the frost is stealing your beautiful plants away from you. It seems kind of early for frost in Texas. Just lovely!

Msrobin said...

Oooh, so many pretty things are still blooming there in Texas! I especially like that pink veronica. Does it flop over like the veronica I used to grow?

prashant said...

. I will be on the lookout for it.



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