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Name: Betsy
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piksihk
Apr 13, 2019 11:39 AM CST
Went with friends to Brenham and Burton to see the bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes yesterday. I was so glad to tag along with them:

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Apr 13, 2019 3:05 PM CST

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Beautiful! We live off of Loop 360 and the bluebonnets are almost gone, the other wildflowers have taken.over the medians and the hillsides. We have had lots of rain!
Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
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piksihk
Apr 13, 2019 6:36 PM CST
You're right; the Indian paintbrushes are really beautiful now. My own bluebonnets are starting to fade.

We went toward Independence from Burton and found a field of them near old Baylor.


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Name: Kristi
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Apr 14, 2019 6:24 AM CST
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the photos.
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Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Apr 14, 2019 10:13 AM CST
Those trees! Wow! Where'd you take that picture?
Name: Betsy
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piksihk
May 27, 2019 11:31 AM CST
@tx_flower_child, the tree is at site of Old Baylor college, where BU started. My friend and tree.

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What's left old Baylor.

A few of my bluebonnets still in bloom and the wine cups have been blooming. Started collecting bluebonnets seeds.
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Name: tfc
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tx_flower_child
May 27, 2019 12:19 PM CST
Thanks! I'm guessing the old Baylor is in Waco. Or was it relocated?

Now you've got me remembering that Waco has many wonderful old trees.

When I was very young we lived in Illinois and would periodically visit my mom's sister in Waco. A brother and I used to stuff ourselves with apricots from my aunt's tree. Didn't pay attention to other vegetation.

Decades later my mom had moved to Waco* and that was when I started to see many of those great old trees.

*I've never lived in Waco, so unlike a good friend from college, I can't claim to be a wacko from Waco.
Name: Peggy
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Peggy8b
Aug 9, 2019 6:19 PM CST
We have lots of wildflowers on our 42 acre cabin getaway property in Gause. Lots of pink oxalis (wood sorel):
. There are also lots of dayflowers, a few short (granite) and giant purple spiderworts, Mexican Blanket Flowers, larkspur, Mexican fleabane, wild daisies, yellow lantana and Red Mesa Blanket flowers. Lots more I haven't been able to ID yet. We have some mulien, but none have bolted their flower/seed stalks (yet).

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Name: Peggy
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Peggy8b
Aug 13, 2019 3:58 PM CST
Earlier in the Spring, driving on the C.R. leading to our cabin, I saw these gorgeous tall spikes of orange on the roadside. I picked one to photograph when I got home, but as usual, it was pretty dead by the time I got home (1 hr. drive). But I searched the web and learned they are "Standing Cypress" , Ipomopsis rubra. I like them so much I plan to propagate by seed if I can. The literature says hummers love them! Here's a stock photo of the bloom spire:
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Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
Aug 13, 2019 4:11 PM CST
Peggy the seed heads will have tons of tiny seeds in them. Just toss them in the area you want them to grow and you will be successful. The young sprouts look like delicate fern like plants before they shoot up to bloom. They are one of my favorites wild flowers. I need to go look and see how mine are doing this year. They are in more wild type areas on our property than in my actual garden.
Name: Donald
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needrain
Aug 13, 2019 4:18 PM CST
I grow Ipomopsis rubra here. It wont grow in the pasture, though. I think the cattle must graze it off because it reseeds all over the place inside the yard fence. Beautiful when in bloom. It's officially a biennial, but some seeds will bloom the first year. The majority of them will wait until the second year.
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teacup754
Aug 13, 2019 5:51 PM CST
Esperanza said:Peggy the seed heads will have tons of tiny seeds in them. Just toss them in the area you want them to grow and you will be successful. The young sprouts look like delicate fern like plants before they shoot up to bloom. They are one of my favorites wild flowers. I need to go look and see how mine are doing this year. They are in more wild type areas on our property than in my actual garden.


How tall they get the first year before the bloom the second?
Name: Donald
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needrain
Aug 13, 2019 6:09 PM CST
For me, they stay in attractive little rosettes until they shoot up and bloom. When they do that, they range from about 4-8' with the majority in the middle of that range.
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Name: Peggy
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Peggy8b
Aug 13, 2019 6:26 PM CST
Esperanza said:Peggy the seed heads will have tons of tiny seeds in them. Just toss them in the area you want them to grow and you will be successful. The young sprouts look like delicate fern like plants before they shoot up to bloom. They are one of my favorites wild flowers. I need to go look and see how mine are doing this year. They are in more wild type areas on our property than in my actual garden.


Yes, these I saw were just along the road. I made DH stop so I could pick one and take it home. I'll remember to plant them INSIDE our fenced yard then. Thanks for the tip!
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Name: Peggy
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Peggy8b
Aug 13, 2019 6:31 PM CST
@needrain, Thank you, Donald. These I saw were about 3', not in full bloom yet.

@Esperanza, I didn't see anything that looked like seed pods on the one I picked. Perhaps they had not yet formed? There were tiny Indian bead-like bulbs along the stem at the base of the flowerettes. Are those the seed pods? If so, I could just run my hand down the stem when it dries out and they would fall off where I want them. I thought some of these along the chain-link fence would look very nice. Smiling
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Name: Donald
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needrain
Aug 13, 2019 7:44 PM CST
@Peggy8b "There were tiny Indian bead-like bulbs along the stem at the base of the flowerettes. Are those the seed pods?"

Yes, and each one of those beads is chock-full of tiny black seeds. If they are ready to come out, they might not scatter as widely as you'd like. You might shake them out into a pan of sand and scatter them where you'd like them to grow. Here's a photo of the two areas where I scattered the seeds I also collected off the side of a road. This is their second year just as they were beginning to bloom. The area is two limestone outcropping where the mower won't go over the rocks.
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In subsequent years, the plants have shown up over a wide area beyond the two spots in the photo. Just not outside the barbwire fence.
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Esperanza
Aug 13, 2019 8:16 PM CST
Nice stand of those Donald!

Peggy and Teacup, Donald is right on the money with those answers. I don't think the seeds are mature yet this time of year. It is obvious when they are. The roundish pods turn brown and begin opening. Even after the seed pods open there usually is still some that are in the pod months later. I pick the whole stem and shake them into a bag or box to collect all of them. Or just shake 'em where you want them.
Name: tfc
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tx_flower_child
Aug 13, 2019 10:39 PM CST
Donald, you got some nice Standing Cypress there!

Good luck with yours, Peggy. You've got some good advisers.
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Aug 14, 2019 7:35 AM CST
Speaking of wildflowers, this plant is growing and blooming on the boggy margins and very shallow water in one of the stock ponds which are drying up due to the lack of rain. I think it may be Ludwigia peploides 'Creeping Water Primrose'. I've tried to get a confirmation on the Plant ID forum, but no responses. The 5 petaled bloom just over an inch is nice and very bright with the green star in the center. I thought it would be easy to ID until I saw the huge number of Ludwigias in the database, so I may never know for sure. If the plant were more compact with denser blooms, I might attempt growing it in a container. It appears to sprawl too much for that, though.
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Name: Peggy
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Peggy8b
Aug 14, 2019 11:04 AM CST
needrain said:@Peggy8b "There were tiny Indian bead-like bulbs along the stem at the base of the flowerettes. Are those the seed pods?"

Yes, and each one of those beads is chock-full of tiny black seeds. If they are ready to come out, they might not scatter as widely as you'd like. You might shake them out into a pan of sand and scatter them where you'd like them to grow. Here's a photo of the two areas where I scattered the seeds I also collected off the side of a road. This is their second year just as they were beginning to bloom. The area is two limestone outcropping where the mower won't go over the rocks.
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In subsequent years, the plants have shown up over a wide area beyond the two spots in the photo. Just not outside the barbwire fence.


Thank you for the photo and a very helpful reply, Donald. I'll do that to extract those tiny black seeds. I can only hope my clump will one day look as nice as your two. :)

And thank you, too, @Esperanza. You have both been very helpful. :)
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