Thursday, October 22, 2009

Finally Fall...

It's finally Fall here in Central Texas. Don't get me wrong, we still have some hot days, but we are also enjoying some cooler nights, some rain and the sun has lost just a little of its "edge."

How do I know it's Fall? Because the Mexican Mint Marigolds (Tagetes lucida) have graced us with their perky little Fall blooms.
They grow all summer, getting full and bushy and lush with foliage, but display nary a bloom. Until the cool weather kicks in, that is, and then they burst like baby sunflowers.

This weird weather we're having has both the Mexican Mint Marigold and the Cassia blooming at the same time. That's never happened before. The Cassia is very tropical and a hot weather plant. It's ok, I'll take whatever blooms I can get, whenever I can get them!
On a glum note, how about this little guy? You'd never know he was a Green Envy Coneflower that I special ordered for some ridiculously high price, would you? He croaked not long after he arrived, succumbing to the drought and the intense heat. While his ordinary Coneflower neighbors were blooming away, he was wilting. He's technically still alive. Maybe next year he'll feel better. (I hope!)


Janet said...

Sorry to hear about your Coneflower. I like fall temps-- was upper 70's here today, just glorious. I don't know Mexican marigolds...they are cute little blooms.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

A wonderful time of year. We really appreciate all the beautiful days after a horrid summer. Even the poor little coneflower. Hopefully he will make a full recovery.

Linda/Central Texas Gardener said...

I do love fall for the summer, fall, and even spring flowers that return all together! Those yellows are so warm and autumnal, even the cassia. I don't have much luck with "fancy" coneflowers, but I bet your guy will bounce back.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

It's a tough call with a plant that's half-dead. If it's all dead, you can pull it out with a clear conscience. If it's mostly alive, you can baby it with hopes that it will recover. The fancy Coneflowers just don't seem to have the vigor & stamina of the species & simpler cultivars. I hope yours recovers. My white, green-coned Coneflower died after one season, but it did cross-pollinate with the plain pink ones, so now I have some pink-petal plants with green cones.

Diana said...

Janet - I'm hoping that Coneflower will come back next summer with a vengeance! The MMMs are native to Mexico.

Lisa - we're getting some more rain, which is good. Can't wait to see what fall and winter bring. Always a surprise these days, right?!

Linda/CTG - I've come to realize how much I like yellow in my garden. I have tons of it. It does warm up fall days (I hope we get some more of them soon - like today!)

MMD - Pink and green Coneflowers sound very cool. I could live with that. Mine isn't dead, just stunted. Crossing my fingers for next summer.