I was encouraged by the blog, The Propagator at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/, to share “six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything – a flower, a plan, a favorite tool, a pest, a harvest, anything at all.” So here goes my six on July 27th.
- Blue Porterweed, Stachytarpheta cayennensis, S. indica, is putting off lots of blooms for the hummingbirds. The little birds visit this plant first in the garden each time proving it is a favorite.
2. It has been almost 2 years since the eye of Hurricane Harvey hit Rockport and I have introduced some new plants to test out their ability to tolerate the wind and salt to replace what I lost. Cestrum Orange Peel, is thriving nicely.
3. Salvia ‘Amistad’ is my go to plant in Austin, so I took some cuttings and transplanted one in Rockport. It immediately showed its displeasure with this harsh environment and I thought it was a goner. But after a couple of weeks it began to put on new leaves and now it seems perfectly happy in this semi shady spot that is protected a little from the winds.
4. Scaevola aemula ‘Blue Fan” is another experiment that seems to be successful, so far. It is a great filler plant providing lots of color. We’ll see if it can last in the August heat to come.
5. This Plumeria is one that did survive being buried under a pile of rubble that was once our garage made of cement blocks. I’m so happy it did because the pink and yellow blooms are lovely.
6. This orb weaving spider is just hanging out among the Mexican Honeysuckle. I often name my garden friends and so she is now called Harriet since it looks like she has an egg sack near by.
Well, those are my six. Happy gardening!