Monday, May 20, 2013

New friends and new plants

Last Friday, we spent the afternoon, exploring the native gardens around the home of Ron and Linda Chang. WOW! Their collection is AMAZING! They started 19 years ago when they bought their land and built a home. We saw so many species! Not to mention both Ron and Linda know each by their BOTANICAL name. We have to go back because we didn't get to see everything. 

To my delight, they sent us home with six new friends:
Goldeneye (Viguiera dentata)
Lindheimer's crownbeard (Verbesina lindheimeri)
Bracted passionflower (Passiflora affinis)  
Pearl milkweed (Matelea reticulata
Wafer ash (Ptelea trifoliata)
Mexican orchid (Bauhinia mexicana) [Note: Not native to Texas but great butterfly nectar host]

I'm VERY excited to get a pearl milkweed. I've wanted one of those for a long time. And another native passionflower vine, too. Wonderful!

THANK YOU, Ron and Linda! 
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UPDATE JULY 20, 2018 Our Mexican orchid is blooming....

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