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Autumn meadows and monarchs at Wildflower Heart


February 07, 2022

The Heart’s iconic lookout tower, which doubles as a water-collecting cistern

When Loree of Hazard Backyard got here to Austin final October, we visited the Woman Fowl Johnson Wildflower Heart on her final day. I used to be blissful she received to see it a second time, significantly since her first go to in the course of the Austin Fling featured a torrential thunderstorm.

The meadows of native grasses have been glowing.

Darkish wands of liatris gone to seed added to the autumnal scene.

Tiny yellow daisies sprinkled sunny shade all through.

Pinks made exhibiting too with pyramid bush (Melochia tomentosa) and Gulf muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris) in bloom.

Within the household backyard, the Gulf muhly was spectacular in pink bloom, with fall aster including a froth of purple. Dwarf Texas palmetto (Sabal minor) confirmed off fan-shaped evergreen leaves underneath a feathery bald cypress.

As seen from the other facet, wanting towards the shade pavilion

Gulf muhly, maybe the signature plant of fall in Central Texas. Little question my fellow Texans may title others.

Huge agaves that aren’t whale’s tongues (A. ovatifolia) nonetheless shock me after final yr’s Texas Freezepocalypse turned most to mush. Which is that this — A. americana? And the way did it survive, I’m wondering?

Big coneflower foliage within the rain backyard with blue mistflower and dwarf Texas palmetto. The silver silo-looking factor is a rainwater cistern that collects water off the shade pavilion and restroom constructing.

Sunbeams have been streaming over the waterfall and play tunnels within the household backyard.

A monochromatic planting of ‘Blue Ice’ Arizona cypress, wheeler’s sotol, and blue mistflower in opposition to an excellent bluer sky

In late October, monarch butterflies have been passing via and fueling up for his or her lengthy migration to Mexico.

They have been everywhere in the blue mistflower.

It’s good to be reminded of a greener season, isn’t it? After the sleet, ice, and exhausting freezes of the previous few days, I’m hopeful that we’ve seen the top of winter this yr. Valentine’s Day is sort of right here, which suggests cut-back time for Central Texas gardeners. After that, spring is nigh.

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