A Good Place to Land

I’ve had a pot with a Four O’Clock sitting next to a bed from last Fall until now.  Quite a variety of seeds found the pot to be a good place to land and germinate.

The pot contains the Four O’CLock, a couple of weeds and five kinds of plants that can be transplanted.  There is a Salvia,  two Jewel of Opar, Hardy Gloxinia, Moses and Wild Trailing Bean. Could gardening be any easier?

The Automatic Garden

Within several days we had freeze and then nearly 6 inches of rain.  The frozen plants turned into a mushy mess.

Just when all seemed hopeless, the Automatic Garden showed its grit.  It wasn’t long before these tough plants started putting up new shoots.  A plant that can take this crazy Gulf Coast weather of drought, floods, and freezes is a keeper!

The plants pictured are a Canna, Hardy Begonia, Russelia and a Salvia. Many more plants have started up from their roots and soon, as the days lengthen and warm, the seeds that were dropped in the autumn will germinate.


Back to the Garden


I have been away from the garden for quite awhile and as everyone knows what that means, weeds, weeds and more weeds.  The photo is of just one small patch.

Plants need to be cut back for spring growth.  There is plenty of work to do.


The new rose was not put into the ground, but is still alive and greeted me with a bloom.

The Automatic Garden did its job and flowered on its own.  The reliable Salvias are loaded with blooms, ready for the arrival of hummingbirds and bees.

The Butterfly Weed is sending out its seeds and the Marigolds that were just tiny seedlings are blooming.  The bulbs have bloomed and shrubs are sporting flowers.

The biggest surprise was the Tassel Flower that I have struggled with for two years.  It has formed two colonies of the plant.  Maybe sometimes it is better not to be around to baby the plants and let the Automatic Garden do its thing.








Tiny but Mighty


It is always surprising that the tiniest flowers seem to have the most nectar. These teeny Coleus blooms are a favorite of bees and hummingbirds.

The largest of these blooms are barely an inch long.  Pictured is a white Russelia, Penta, and a purple and red Salvia.

The yellow flowers are Cassia Tree  and Thryallis Shrub.  The little orange button is Tassel Flower and on the right is a yellow and a red Butterfly Weed.  These flowers are usually full of all kinds of bees and frequently visited by hummingbirds.  The flowers may be small, but they can certainly produce.












Just Pretty


Diana’s Delight Clematis


Dijon Mustard Rose


Shrimp Plant




A red Salvia






G. Nabonnand an antique rose


All of the flowers in this post are currently blooming in the Automatic Garden.   The Clematis was added last year as a replacement and the petunia was a impulse purchase because of its unusual color combination.  The nasturtium was started from seed last year and reseeded itself for this spring.  The iris came to the garden in a load of mulch and happily lived here for more than 10 years. The rest of the plants are old friends of the Automatic Garden returning year after year.

Winter White


Paperwhite (Narcissus tazetta)     A reliable bloomer.


Snowdrops (galanthus)    These grow Texas tall at over 20 inches.


Pirate’s Pearl (Bidens humilis)    Sold as an annual, but it still keeps going.


Penta (Rubiaceae lanceolata)    This year’s winter was warm enough to keep it blooming.


Salvia     This variety has been in the garden for many years. It is root hardy and reseeds.


Oxalis    This was purchased in a grocery store 15 years ago and was sold as a “shamrock”.


Rose (Ducher)    An antique variety that likes to bloom in the winter.


The Automatic Garden has had many plants blooming during this mild winter, which have kept the Rufous Hummingbirds happy.  Quite a few of the white flowers are currently blooming.  All have been in the garden for many years with the exception of of the Pirate’s Pearl which was added late last summer and has exceeded expectations.