A Good Spot

DSC_0144A good hunting spot was found by this Anole Lizard on top of a blooming Philippine Lily.

DSC_0150The Anole has been hanging out there for days.  Maybe he is just enjoying the pleasant scent of the lily.


Harvest Time for Seeds

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It is time to start collecting seeds to keep the Automatic Gardening growing. Autumn is the end of the  flowering season for many plants, but also the beginning of next season in the promise of seeds.

As it turns out, Four O’Clocks, originally from Mexico, love it here and are very prolific.  The seeds need to be collected to stop an over abundance of plants.

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Bartram’s Evening Primrose no longer needs to be watched and coddled as it has come into its own.  It has reseeded itself and made thousands, if not millions of tiny black seeds this year.  An Automatic Garden success!

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Balsam Impatients, otherwise known as poppers, have the habit of popping open and flinging their seeds as far as they can.  It is always a good idea to collect some to plant where the human gardener desires.  These came from George Washington garden.  They were probably shared among many of the early colonists.

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Wish Bone flowers make extremely small tan seeds that are difficult to collect.  They are left to do their own thing and after the seeds germinate the seedlings are moved to beds.

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These wonderful seed pods belong to the Philippine Lily.  Each pod is stuffed full of flat seeds and are released as the wind blows.

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Salvias are old garden friends.  They are totally left on their own and never fail to reproduce and provide for the bees and hummingbirds each year.

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Some seeds need to be collected to prevent reproduction.  This wild and lovely little bean made it way into the garden.  As with all wild things in a garden, it needs to be controlled, so as many seed pods as possible are collected.  The pods twist open when ripe and send their seeds as far as they can.

 


Lilies That Thrive in the Heat

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Lilies are difficult to grow on the Gulf Coast with the heavy clay soil, heat, humidity, and soaking rains.  But, Philippine Lilies (Lilium formosanum) love these conditions and bloom in July and August.  The plants set seeds that easily germinate to produce many more lilies, which makes them perfect for the Automatic Garden.

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The blooms give off their perfumed scents at night and attract the hummingbird moth, often mistaken for “baby” hummingbirds because of the moths’ ability to hoover while they gather nectar.  Philippine Lilies grow about 4 to 5 feet tall and make a stunning back drop for other summer bloomers.