Mellow-yellowing into fall, but the garden still has bite

October 10, 2022

October rolls around, out in Texas Gardens. Finally, it’s nice to be outside again, noticing how the moonlight-yellow variety shines on the whale’s tongue in the afternoon light. The weather is mild. But the garden still has bite, as shown in the jagged leaves and needle-sharp thorns.

Another spiky beauty with snazzy, lemon-lime stripes. This is ‘Opal’ American Agave.

At night, thorn-equipped praying mantises lurk beneath porch lights, preying on the unwary.

Smiley lies in wait in Apantia’s pot.

Near the swimming pool, I found evidence of a coiled danger noodle in a hole in the wall.

But all is well now that the Death Star is decaying. In fall blooming Indian mallow (Abutilon palmeri), I found my own melody again.

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October 20th Garden Spark Talk “Black Flora” author Teresa Speight is on sale now, and you’re invited! Teri will share the stories of pioneering Black florists, flower activists and florists doing incredible work across the United States in her profile of these incredible creatives. black flora is uplifting and inspiring; See my book review for more information. Join us and meet Terry during his lecture and book signing. Seating is limited, and tickets must be purchased in advance.

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