Every autumn, we finally get a wildflower season when all the weeds out in the un-tilled places bloom... and sadly... just as the butterflies are finding them, the roadside crews get busy turning a riot of colour into brown stubble.
Seems to be nothing I can do about the road side, but enjoy the flowers at my house... And for God's sake... Don't mow anything!
I planted these ironweeds in the vegetable garden multiple times only to have them die. too dry.
This ironweed is planted next to the house where it gets extra water off the roof. the butterflies are happy that I kept trying...
A twofer... gotta look close, (or enlarge), not the best light for shooting butterflies.
Agalinis in the rear-view mirror.
Spotted these caterpillars on the scratch daisies...cucullia alfarata...
camphorweed cucullia... Camphorweed Owlet Moth.
Incidentally... I also spotted A couple Selenisa sueroides on the sesbania... but couldn't locate them again when I finally brought back the camera.... gotta be quick or miss out. That caterpillar was very cool... and online pics do not capture it at all.
Here's the Selenisa sueroides...
I kept checking the sesbania... and suddenly a new batch of caterpillars. they're not waving their tails like the first one did... but still... neat cat.
Blue curls (Trichostema dichotomum)
Camphor weed and golden aster
Also the golden aster buds seem picture worthy
Southern Oak leech (aureolaria pectinata)
While we're doing "southern"... This is southern joint weed...
Gardens in the sand is an exploration of xeriscape gardening.
With much of the state declared a disaster area due to the drought of 2011, dryland natives assume an ever greater role in an unwatered sandhill garden.