Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Bits and pieces...

The bats came out for Halloween! My son had one in his apartment hallway for a day, Manu Ginobli of the San Antonio Spurs swatted one off the basketball court and had to get rabies shots (ouch!) and these guys have been having a big party in my garden. I just love the little faces of the bat-face Cuphea.

(The deer occasionally find them and nibble them off, but not very often, so I keep one around.)
This little empty spot between the potato vine and the snap dragons is gently holding 10 Gladiator Alliums that will make their debut next Spring. (At least they'd better!)
And this Acapulco Pink and Salmon Agastache was waving at me from across the walkway as I planted the bulbs. It was so pretty, I had to take a picture.

10 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Pretty in pink I always say. Those alliums will be striking in this area.

Gail said...

Diana, I love the cuphea and need to give it a try here! I agree with Lisa...the alliums will look wonderful. I made a huge order of alliums after seeing them everywhere in Chicago...they need to get in the ground soon! gail

Janet said...

Diana, I first saw that Cupea when I was visiting Les (A Tidewater Gardener)'s place of work. Not knowing what it was--it was easy to describe it as a face with big ears! Fun plant.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Those plants are all ones I totally love. The cupheas have been my favorite plants of the season.~~Dee

Cindy, My Corner of Katy said...

Diana, I've been catching up on blogs today and enjoyed your pics of tiny toads, contentious cardinals and fabulous flowers! I know you're as happy as I am that fall is well and truly here.

Diana said...

Lisa - I love them before, but our Chicago trip just pushed me over the top on alliums. Cross your fingers that they survive here.

Gail -- I hope it doesn't get so hot so soon here next Spring. But I put these alliums in much earlier and they are Zone 9 hardy and not just 8, so I think they might be ok.

Janet - That really is what it looks like - Mother Nature is so funny sometimes.

Dee -- The Cupheas are just so whimsical. And I like the purple with the red - vibrant combination.

Cindy -- Fall does make us rev up in the garden, doesn't it? Good luck with your path.

Linda/Central Texas Gardener said...

You've turned me into an agastache fan, that's for sure! Love the latest look on your site, too!

Diana said...

Linda -- The Agastaches are new to me this year and I will be getting more, as well.

texasdeb said...

I think I must be the only gardener left in Central Texas without any agastache, and I am fairly sure I'd never heard of them until a month or so ago. Live and learn...

Do you think the deer will bother allium? I had a dwarf agapanthus that Bambi and friends ate to the ground last year which was a fatal encounter for the agapanthus, if not the deer.

So far I've ended up putting most of my bulbs in the back behind fences simply because they so often emerge right when our furry foragers seem to be pretty hungry.

Diana said...

texasDeb -- This is my first year for Agastache, too, and several other local bloggers, so you are in good company! Deer are not supposed to eat Allium and I know they don't eat daffodils. Most everything else is fair game, I think. I also have Sprekelia that they leave alone. Hyacinths are safe here, too, but I only have 6, so maybe they just haven't found them before. All my other bulbs are inside the fence too!