Saturday, June 13, 2009

Blooms, wild and otherwise

Texas thistle
Cirsium texanum

Most folks, including my dear mother, curse Texas thistle and consider it an extreme weed. Last week, this one bloomed in our back yard. I think they're really lovely, despite the prickles.

Coreopsis lanceolata

We planted improved varieties of coreopsis (two plants), and one finally bloomed this week. Pretty!

Echinacea purpurea

And my poor coneflower finally managed to bloom. The neighborhood deer have been nibbling on it. This morning, I think they found my yellow squash, darn it. And with no rains in sight, we've decided no more new additions this season. It may be tough keeping what we have alive this summer.

Hope not!


Blossom said...

Most weeds are pretty. i love them when properly tended to. Hey, what is the name of the plant in your header. I have them but I don't know the name. Thanks.

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

Butterfly bush!!

cat said...

great photos. i too love the thistles!

we are in the same position with no more planting. i believe i just planted the last of my new ones and will just work on keeping everything alive if possible. the heat has set in and it's hot!

here's to surviving the central texas summer!

vuejardin said...

Your Texas thistle looks like fireworks, very unique!

mkircus said...

I love the thistles also. And they look even better with a lesser goldfinch on them, gathering the fluffy seeds for their nests. I've already collected seed to add to my new garden so the goldfinches will be welcomed there next year.

Bangchik and Kakdah said...

Beautiful... when flowers are viewed as singles, providing space and time to scrutinize further.

~ bangchik

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