Another Saturday, another six things from the garden. Autumn has not been particularly impressive thus far. I think the very dry weather in August and September has caused some trees to drop their leaves prematurely , while others are still green. Only one plant out in the garden has started blooming this week, so I’ll begin with it:
1. Salvia regla (Mountain Sage)
Salvia regla is primarily a Mexican species, although its range extends just north of the Rio Grande into west Texas. In my garden it is marginally hardy, dying to the ground each winter and sprouting new growth fairly late in the spring. Perhaps that’s why it starts flowering exceptionally late in the year. The orange-red flowers are quite large (for a sage), but they come too late to attract hummingbirds which have already flown south for the winter.
2-6. Autumn trees
The remaining photos this week are trees in their autumn finery. I chose to photograph only trees that are growing naturally on our property. Perhaps the foliage of trees and shrubs that I have planted can be a subject for another day.
I think these are Carya glabra, pignut hickory, but I’m not very good at identifying hickories other than the shagbarks. Can you spot the turkey vulture soaring high above?
That’s all for this Saturday. As always, head over to the Propagator’s blog to see his Six and check the comments there for links to other participants.