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I love Rain Lilies!
Posted on Sep 1, 2016 7:34 PM

I like all kinds of bulbs, but some of my favorites are the rain lilies. I just think they are so cute!😀

The ones I have now are:
Zephyranthes - Prairie Sunset (apricot), Candida (white), Grandiflora (dark pink), Cookie Cutter (white), Cintrina (yellow), La Buffarosa Group (light pinks & pinkish whites).

Habranthus: Robustus (pink) and Brachyandrus (pink)

Cooperia Pedunculata- Giant Prairie Rain Lily (white)

Since they were moved from my old garden in 2015, they haven't really established themselves yet, but I am getting some blooms.
Here are some old and new photos. They are all from one of my gardens though.

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Another pretty begonia
Posted on Aug 16, 2016 6:39 PM

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I really like Begonias. I know some people refer to them as old lady plants, but I don't care. I like what I like! I purchased this one at the Stephen F Austin Arboretum spring plant sale this year. It is a species Begonia labeled Dottie's Eye Lash. I couldn't find it in the plant database, so I can't make a link.

It had several sprays of small pinkish white flowers for several months. They seem to have stopped for now, but the foliage has stayed beautiful all summer. It gets no direct sun and I water it at least every other day. I will cut down on the water as the weather cools and I know I will have to protect it from freezing this winter.

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Lantana - Where are the blooms?
Posted on Aug 11, 2016 6:48 AM

Lantana (Lantana camara 'Carlos')

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I've never had good luck with Lantana. Despite much research and reading on the subject, I just can't seem to give them what they need to bloom well. When I purchased this 'Carlos' variety in the spring of 2015, it was full of those gorgeous purple/red blooms. It has grown quite a bit and the leaves are a nice dark green, but it has had very few blooms. If anyone knows the trick to make them bloom, could you please share? Thanks!

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Pretty daylily
Posted on Aug 2, 2016 7:19 PM

Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Silver Butterfly')

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In May, Hubby and I took a trip down to Pearland, TX to Paine's Daylily Farm. It had rained 3 inches the night before, so things were a little muddy, but I really enjoyed walking around looking at all the daylilies in bloom. I just should have been as smart as some people who wore their rain boots!

I was very pleased with the blooms. They came after the plant was dug from the ground and then planted in my garden. These are very tough plants. Of course they will really be pretty next year. I'll have lots of 'Silver Butterflies' dancing in my garden. Anticipation is half the fun of gardening!

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Purple Heart
Posted on Jul 31, 2016 8:08 AM

Purple Heart (Tradescantia pallida 'Purple Heart')

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I bought a medium sized pot of this at half price last year. I've always liked this plant in its various forms. I think it's old fashioned stereotype appeals to me. Reminds me of my grandmothers' gardens. This form is Purple Queen. If planted in the sun, it will stay this beautiful purple. There's no green in it. It also has lovely little medium pink blooms in the mornings. I sometimes go out just to look at them. The garden in the morning hours has a peaceful quality that I like.

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