Thursday, September 3, 2015

A Hippeastrum Relative: Rhodofiala bifida

One of the late summer blooming bulbs, Oxblood Lilies are a surprise treat when they appear, usually after a rain which triggers the dormant bulbs to send up blossoms.


None of the foliage in these pics belongs to Rhodofiala. After they bloom, strappy foliage appears and lasts the winter, maturing in spring.


I like the combination of Purple Heart and Rhodofiala.



Rhodofiala were brought to Texas in mid-nineteenth Century from Argentina.


Yet to appear are Lycoris. They are waiting for a good soaking rain. Meanwhile, these red/oxblood Lilies are a delightful harbinger of fall.


Sunday, August 23, 2015

August Butterfly List

After years of chasing, standing in the sun and waiting, this year I vowed to stop trying to get photos of butterflies.

That was before A Gulf Fritillary tried to ring the doorbell.

Sometimes they just pose themselves when I'm out there to get pics of flowers, like this Skipper did.

Gulf Fritillaries find Tithonia irresistable

... As did this Giant Swallowtail


... and this Spicebush Swallowtail. We're also seeing Tiger Swallowtails and Pipevine Swallowtails.


Now matter how dry it gets and right now I'm not able to drag out hoses, there's a little nectar somewhere.

I found a dozen little Tersa Sphinx Moth caterpillars on one little Pentas plant in the greenhouse. One had gone into a brown colored instar and was hiding on the back of a sole remaining leaf. They devoured the whole plant while I was not looking. No Pentas outdoors are hosting larvae that I found.

Agalinis plants are plentiful in the meadows and will bloom next month. Buckeyes are out there but they'll be more plentiful in September, laying eggs on False Foxgloves and nectaring on the pink blossoms.

I'm excited to be reminded of the meme Butterfly Bucket List at The Transmutational Garden.

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