Thursday, October 2, 2008

A few little things...

Okay - the mystery is solved.  Colleen at Barton Springs Nursery looked it up for me, because they had it mis-labled.  My mystery plant is ... drumroll, please ... Thunbergia Battiscombei -- also known as Scrambling Skyflower.  She says it is not the vine, also known as Clock Vine -- but rather a small shrubby perennial in the same family.  Thanks for all the guesses!
Some little ground covers that will soon join the back rock path and some Lace Irises that came yesterday  (like Christmas in October) from an order I placed several months ago!
These are Ocelot Irises that came in the same surprise package.
I'm finally accepting that my driveway bed is much more a shade bed than a sunny bed.  To that end, I'm adding this nice Philodendron to the mix where the Lantana continue to be puny.
And then, out where the is sun, and just outside of the sprinkler zone, this beautiful Agave Celsii is going to be a lovely focal point at the entrance to our driveway where I've also recently planted Zexmenia and Texas Betony.  The Agave will be joined by two new Mystic Spires (the compact ones) that will add some pretty purple to the reds and yellows there.

7 comments:

Bonnie said...

Is the philodendron deer resistant?

Diana said...

HA! You had to ask me that! I don't know, but I am trying Liquid Fence since 3 people I've talked to recently swear by it...For now, it's under a milk crate!!! Very fashionable!!!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Your new Thunbergegia is a beautiful shade of blue. I have never seen this plant before. Of course it would be a annual here.

I would love to have a box of christmas joy this time of year. Ha..

Diana said...

Lisa - well, it really ISN't that shade of blue. It was too bright out and my deep purple flowers turned out blue, but I posted them anyway. Maybe I should try again this morning before it gets 93 here today!

Lancashire rose said...

How exciting to get a package in the mail. We all look forward to seeing the results of your new planting in the spring. I thought the philo. was a house plant. Are you in a warm spot? If not you may have to be prepared to cover both the philo and the agave if the temperatures drop well below freezing.

Gail said...

Acceptance is the hardest! You guys can grow some cool plants; like the philodendron that is a houseplant here or that fantastic agave. That Thunbergia is a lovely color. Gail

Diana said...

Lancashire Rose - I love getting things in the mail -- letting my fingers do the walking is one of my favorite pastimes! We are up on a hill and therefore a little warmer, but thanks for the agave warning. I do cover some things occasionally.

Gail - Acceptance is the bane of my existence! I am still so suffering under the delusion that I am somehow in charge in my garden. Silly me!