Thursday, June 20, 2013

Whirling Butterflies

That is the common name of the Guara lindeimeri plant since the flowers have the appearance of dancing butterflies at the tips of the plant.

Guara loves full sun and tolerates drought. While other plants start to fade from the hot summer sun, Guara thrives on heat and drought. The 20 species of Guara that are native to the United States have a range of color from white to a deep magenta. This native Texas plant of the prairies is always rewarding with its pretty flowers that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies from spring to fall.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

A Simple Gift

In spring, there is always a rebirth in my garden. The parade of blossoms and colors from the different variety of drought tolerant perennials is a rewarding and uplifting feast.

Plants look so compact while waiting for the warm, sunny days to revive them. Each year, I'm surprised how quickly the transformation takes place in just a couple of weeks.

The first to bloom, Spanish lavender with it's rabbits ears florets, fades to brown, and then the English lavender takes the stage with other plants.

Perennials are so spiritually uplifting- a simple gift.