I’m trying to get various low growing plants to crowd out the introduced and annoying sedges around the raised veggie beds. The lyre leaf sage is great because other than its once a spring flower stalks it stays low and tough! It’s starting its spread. Paula saw the first lyre leaf sage bloom on April 9. I may have already posted that picture.
All photos by Paula as she is the one at home! Thank you Paula!
Perennial blue flax blooming!A few peach flowers are turning into peaches in spite of the hard frost!Camassia angusta isn’t ready to bloom. But it looks like Camassia scilloides is thinking about blooming!! Mom says this is the species she sees at home in north central Texas. Last but not least the front yard lyre leaf sage is spreading nicely and has a bloom!
Wild tepary bean has a flower!Mystery seedling. I put a lot out here of many species so it gets to be a surprise unless someone recognizes it. I suspect this is an Illinois bundleflower as I distributed a lot of them. The big leafy seedling looks neat and is accompanied by a spotted euphorbia and maybe a blurry lyre leaf sage?An almost metallic little moth on the goldenrod from Abby (probably S. canadensis). Mom saw a similar one recently at home on frostweed.Possibly a Ceratina bee on the mistflowers.
I wasn’t sure at first if this was a bit of debris on a bird seed sunflower stem.But I saw it walk!! It’s a plant hopper!I think it’s Entylia sp, possibly carinata if I understand bugguide saying there’s only one species and it’s quite variable. That’s the species shown in the new Abbott and Abbott Texas insects book.Spittlebug adult!The most special flower.A beautiful white lined sphinx visiting the non native verbena.I love the different wing angles the camera catches.Side view.Slime mold very happy after 3.46″ rain in the past seven days.Blurry but you can see two seedlings: the winecup above with three leaves and the lyre leaf sage with two seed leaves. Working on my ground covers out front around the raised beds.
Lyre leaf sage sprouting where I have sprinkled it in front yard.Who’s this lurking in the buffalo grass?Shackleton of course! He persuaded the Chef to go outside.The Chef decided it was so nice out we walked to Braum’s for dinner.Then we walked to the duck pond and saw some geese and their baby goslings!Close up of the babies.There were a lot of winecups around the duck pond! Great to see.Possibly smells nice too? The end.
Blackberry has started blooming.Native currant continues blooming.Probably non native oxalis that was here already.Maybe baby Salvia coccinea by the oak.No idea.Lyre leaf sage has just started blooming.Giant ragweed baby (self seeded from last year’s volunteer).Not sure who this friend is on the other side of dividing fence.Frostweed is coming back.The extra Maximilian sunflower we planted seems to be thriving.A type of Solanaceae, I forget which one, but native. A volunteer.A pokeweed coming up! Always good for the birds.The right half of the clump is goldenrod that was already here. The left half is something non native but I forget what.The fancy something is going to bloom though I guess. I remember it’s not native anyways. So eventually it will probably go.New Clematis is surviving.New from yesterday Cleome (Rocky mountain bee plant) is still alive.Rattlebox from yesterday settling in fine. Wild onions from home in front.I’m becoming convinced this is the New Jersey tea I put out last year. Ironweed leaves around it.Showy evening primroses are starting!Frog fruit I transferred from prairie area to east of the patio appears to have taken root.A seedling that probably got transplanted from home. 🤷🤞🤞I seeded a native lawn mix in this area and I believe this is the buffalo grass.The other item in the mix was blue grama grass; hopefully this is it.The fragrant sumac was starting to wilt again so I gave it some water in a pot to leak out slightly slower.
Lyre leaf sage blooming. Hopefully mine will be blooming soon in Oklahoma.A Swiss Chard is coming up.Mystery seedling… Too early for oregano??Dogs!!Clouds like mountains.Native tiny bee on Callirhoe involucrata (winecup).Chickadee wasn’t on her nest yesterday, but she was today.More fun!!A solider beetle yesterday. Mom has the ID.Two of these moths in one day (yesterday).If you look just above the moth, you can see a tiny planthopper.
A single columbine seedling that was direct-seeded last fall. I have two others in sprouting trays also. Lyre leaf sage has been getting going nicely. Siberian wallflower is the orange in the background. The wallflower came in a “wildflower” mix. 🙄