Early summer time backyard scenes in Austin

June 17, 2024

On my walks across the neighborhood, I’m admiring Delight of Barbados (Caesalpinia pulcherrima), the star of Austin’s summer time gardens.

It’s so lovely, each leaves and flowers. For no matter purpose, I haven’t been capable of get it established in my very own backyard, darn it.

It loves warmth and solar, and deer don’t hassle it within the least. It simply wants room to get huge.

My favourite pale-pink crape myrtle can be flowering at a neighbor’s home. They’ve a row of those beautiful crapes, which you’ll see extra of on this Instagram video I took. I’d love so that you can observe me there, by the best way, when you take pleasure in pics of Texas vegetation and gardens!

In my very own backyard, dwarf palmetto (Sabal minor) is flowering. The tiny, ivory flowers seem on 10-foot-long stems bent like fishing poles.

After the flowers fade, black berry-like fruits seem on the stems.

Bees discover the fragile flowers to their style.

Within the again backyard, success! The bronze fennel I planted within the spring has attracted swallowtail caterpillars. You’ll be able to see two on this picture. Somebody requested me if I do something to guard them from hungry birds, and the reply is not any. It’s just about stay and let stay (or get eaten) in my backyard. Birds gotta eat, like snakes and armadillos and every part else. However I do hope among the caterpillars make it to the butterfly stage.

The circle backyard has moved into its serene, silver-green/silver-blue part, a cooling coloration scheme for a scorching Texas summer time.

Within the central stock-tank planter, whale’s tongue agave (Agave ovatifolia) presides over woolly stemodia (Stemodia lanata), which is dominating the yellow four-nerve daisies (Tetraneuris scaposa) that have been so outstanding final yr. Purple coneflower provides a touch of pink on one aspect.

Considered from above, the large whale’s tongue — I’ve named her Ursula — exhibits off her moonlight-yellow variegation.

Mixed with the bottle tree, blue shed doorways, and silver mirror, it’s a cool view to get me by means of summer time till fall.

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