This and That

I have taken various photos around my yard that don’t really go together so here is a post of “this and that”.  I was trying to change the focus on my camera and took I shot into the wooded area.  It turned out pretty good.

I came across this giant 3 inch bug on the cobble rocks.  It was dead and not something I want to see flying at me while alive.  I’m not really sure what it is and spent some time looking at pictures of cockroaches to identify it. I had enough of that and gave up.

Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria psittacina) is pretty, but don’t ever plant them.  I was looking for its botanical name and an article came up asking how to get rid of them.

This chubby skink with no color or stripes was sunning on a rock one afternoon.

I had to buy a new Passion Flower plant this year as the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly caterpillars totally ate my last one.

I just thought this Rosy Wolf Snail was pretty against the moss rock.

And that is it for “this and that”.


Plants That Cannot Be Killed

Vitex Trees have beautiful purple flowers, but if left alone they grow out of control.  As it turns out, they are impossible to kill.  This one was chopped down to the ground (click on the first photo) and sure enough it has sent out multiple stems this spring.  The lesson has been learned to keep it trimmed and under control.

These are examples of spreading plants that can quickly get out of control.  The Peruvian Lily multiplies underground and each tuber must be dug up…if you can find them.  The Sedum was just one plant in a 4 inch pot.  It spreads like wildfire and if a piece of it is thrown on soil, it roots.  What can be said about Oxalis?  One becomes hundreds.

This Golden Dewdrop has been cut and poisoned.  It is still there and comes back year after year.


This Sword Fern was a passalong plant and just sat there with its two or three frons.  And then, it went into action, multiplying nonstop.  Every year, half of it is pulled up, but it doesn’t slow down.

Every gardener enjoys easy to grow plants.  There are certainly some that need to be kept in check before they get out of hand. Still working on that!

A Season for All Plants


The Arctic cold has made its way to the Gulf Coast making a record for cold temperatures early in the season.  Luckily, as one plant is finished for the year, another begins to take over.  The Peruvian Lilies are replacing the Coleus.  As usual on the Gulf Coast, the weather will change soon and temperatures will rise to 80 degrees with thunderstorms by week’s end.

The Survivors


One of the edicts of the Automatic Garden, is to grow tough plants that come back or reseed every year. Here are a few of toughest that survived two freezes without a bit of burn.  Above is a Mexican Hat.


This Bartram’s Oenothera grandiflora hasn’t missed a beat.  It germinated last summer and has just sat and not grown much.  The fungus has found it though.


The Ligularia was not fazed at all.  It is under some tree limbs that may have helped.


Peruvian Lilies are considered invasive by some.  In other words, a darn good hardy plant!


This Toad Lily really seemed to like the cold.  It wasn’t even noticeable a few weeks ago and some critter usually eats most of it.


A happy surprise from this blooming violet.  It will be interesting to see which plants re-emerge from their frozen foliage.  It will be a true test to see the plants that are truly worthy of the Automatic Garden.

Isn’t Nature Grand?

The ginger, Dancing Lady came up through the Snowdrop bulbs last summer. ( See the June 1 post.)  Now it has made corms to drop for new plants next year.  The Snowdrops will soon take its place.

Next year’s Salvia plants sprouting at the base of the older ones.

New leaves for a new season on the Hardy Begonia.

Beautiful blood red veins.

Paperwhites have popped up among the Saliva.  The Paperwhites will bloom when the Saliva is gone.

Peruvian Lilies are emerging as the Resurrection Lily ginger is disappearing for the winter.

Last year’s leaves are mostly gone after providing  nourishment and moisture throughout the summer for the trees.  Now that fall is here, the ground will be replenished with newly fallen leaves.


The Automatic Garden is preparing for future seasons.  The changing of the season has stimulated some plants to end their growth and others to begin. Even the soil benefits from nature’s seasonal cycles.