Vervain ((Verbena bonariensis)
Tonight’s Waxing Gibbous Moon (09-09-2019)
Today, I’ve got more blooms for Sara’s garden. She asked me earlier, if we could get some more milkweed for her, so she might have a good chance to raise Monarch butterflies. Well, the Monarch migration to Mexico began last month. And soon we will see them flying through our neighborhood. Monarchs love to stop for a good energy boost, and the females lay eggs on the milkweed. Usually that gives us four to six weeks to raise the next generation of Monarchs, and send them on their way to Mexico, where they can overwinter and come back in Spring.
But we’ve also got some goodies for the bees and other pollinators. Sara will get some Purpletop Vervain, Blue Sage, Dill, Garlic, and Thai Basil planted in her garden. I hope, we will have some good blooming in the garden, the first frost hits usually by mid-November.
Tonight, we also have a beautiful clear sky with a bright Waxing Gibbous Moon. Since it is so nice outside, I had to capture a photo and post it. 😉
Happy Flower Garden!
A couple of days ago, I enjoyed a short hike at the Tribute Shoreline Nature Trail, which is in Wynnwood Park on the peninsula nestled between the peninsulas of Hidden Cove Park and Stewart Creek Park in The Colony at Lewisville Lake north of Dallas, Texas. In the morning, we had some thunderstorm coming through. So, the temperatures were not as hot as the previous days. But it brought a lot of moisture, and therefore high humidity with it. After about half of a mile, I turned around to get back to the trail head. I have to come back, when the temperatures are cooler, again. But I enjoyed to capture some photos along the trail, which I’ll post here below:
Johnson Grass (Sorghum halepense)
Native Southwestern Grass
Firebug on Milkweed Seed Pod
Female Twelve-spotted Skimmer Dragonfly
Antelope Horn is a milkweed native to Texas, which grows in pastures along roadsides and creeks throughout the central path, that most Monarchs take on their migration coming back up north to the US from Mexico. The milkweed got its name from the seedpods, which look similar to the horns of an antelope. In late Spring, I can find them next to the creek behind our street. And I also find them on the meadows of the local parks. From all the milkweed plants I have seen so far, the Antelope Horn is my favorite.
Antelope Horn (Asclepias asperula)
Even with last night’s cold snap, the plants are holding up pretty well. I covered up my Meyer Lemon tree, just in case it gets too cool for it. Our native plant are doing fine and dandy.
“Hot Lips” Sage
“Hot Lips” Sage
Theona Checkerspot (Chlosyne theona) on Milkweed IV
Theona Checkerspot (Chlosyne theona) on Milkweed I
Theona Checkerspot (Chlosyne theona) on Milkweed II
Theona Checkerspot (Chlosyne theona) on Milkweed III
Theona Checkerspot (Chlosyne theona) on Asclepias Tuberosa Milkweed