Winter arrives in Central Texas. Just when I was enjoying the response of the garden to our recent rainfall, following a droughty summer, old Jack Frost points his icy finger at my garden and zaps my most vulnerable plants. Last night the temperature dropped to 27°
Just two days ago I was planning to show you how the Philadelphus virginalis 'Natchez', was back in flower again.
and how pretty the Gomphrena globosa 'little grapes' looked against the sweet potato vine. Now all these vulnerable plants have wilted and burnt. Only the hardiest are still in flower and those that are in warmer places in the garden.
It is a great time to discover microclimates in the garden. We all have them. I have one big microclimate in my garden. Most of the garden will be colder than the surrounding area as a result of our being low down on a hill. But within the garden I have one or two pockets which are more forgiving. So this morning the plumbago was still blooming.
And the Philippine violet, Barleria cristata, which seeded at the edge of the pathway, close by, was unscathed. Unlike its parent around the corner.
The Copper Canyon daisy, Tagetes lemonnii, is always the last of the natives to flower in my garden. Brush past the foliage and you can smell why the deer avoid this plant.
Mexican mint marigold, Tagetes lucida, Survived the cold night.
And of course alyssum. Present throughout every season.
Surprisingly Gaura sp. also continues to bloom.
And it a few places the gomphrena 'fireworks' he narrow foliage seems to make this more hardy than the other gomphrenas.
Texas enjoys wild swings in temperature. This weekend we will have a high of 85° Now I need to protect the plants int he greenhouse, not from frost, but from sunscald!
I hope you will join Carol of Maydreams gardens, this November Bloom Day, to share your bloom day photographs. I shall be checking them out. Thanks Carol.
End of the month views: Tea House Garden 4.30.2016
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