Dermatophyllum secundiflorum, the Texas mountain laurel has flowered again this spring. I do hope it doesn't attract the caterpillars that devastate it.
The Echinopsis bought from Lowes last year look set to give us another spectacular display this year.
Petunias have done well - I just love these cheery plants and it still seems strange that we plant them here for winter color.
|Grevillea 'Ned Kelly'|
My Bougainvillea 'Purple Queen' sulked the whole winter after fall pruning and I thought I had lost it but finally its sprung back into life.
The firecracker plant will probably have to go - its straggly and doesn't flower well. I think there is an improved form that has a better habit and I'd like to find one.
Senna artemesioides flowers well at this time of the year but sadly does not repeat its performance.
Euphorbia millii has flowered almost continuously since I bought it a couple of years ago. Its been transplanted twice but seems to like it here.
Tagetes lemmonii is a pretty little plant with wonderful aromatic foliage, apparently used in the perfume industry.
In a simple attempt to grow our own, we planted herbs in the fall and this is the result. Plenty of parsley and mint (but there are no new potatoes or green peas here and lamb costs a fortune). Chives and thyme are smothered and the basil shriveled over the cooler months.
The biggest annoyance in recent weeks has been the front yard. Readers might remember that we changed over the small ribbon of grass that bordered the road to desert planting. In the process I removed the pop-up sprinklers and retro-fitted small manifolds leading to micro bore piping and drippers. Despite several efforts, I have been unable to get this to operate leak free. An ongoing frustration!