Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Early Wildflowers

Texas wildflowers are starting their show.

Drifts of delicate, white Crow-poison are springing up in the common ground across from our house.

The March winds (gales) have been making everything difficult to photograph!

This yellow, ruffle edged wildflower is new to me.
I found only one plant, and I'm tempted to go back and rescue it before the mowers attack.

It's a native deciduous perennial called Puccoon (Lithospermum incisum),
and apparently will grow into a small bush.

These pretty little pinky-white flowers with the lavender stripes are called Springbeauty (Claytonia virginica).
They are quite prolific in the shadier places.
Sometimes called Fairy-spud, it has small edible tubers.

This gorgeous Milk Thistle doesn't have a flower yet, 
but the leaves were so beautiful I had to take a picture.

It's very prickly (very, very), but people do pick the leaves, trim off the prickles off and saute!

Black Swallowtails have bee darting about,

and rafts of inky black American Coots are starting to nest in the canals.

In our garden, we've been raking and bagging leaves.

The Hellebore are in full bloom. 
 I really like their tough, leathery leaves and their indifference to late freezes.

This camellia bush was amazing - a pink cloud - until that last cold snap turned both blossoms and buds brown.
The wind is too strong to capture pictures of the daffodils or magnolia blossoms,
 but spring does seem to be coming!