This photo is of a columbine that is just about finished blooming. These are an unusual yellow type that I am told are native to West Texas. I think that is probably true. It is the only columbine I've been able to grow here and this huge plant (more than a meter across) started out as a single little seedling that self started in my neighbors garden 2 years ago. Notice the sage/blue green colour of the folliage? It's the only columbine that I've ever seen with this colour. I think that is the give away of it's native origin. For a scientific reason, that I've forgotten, plants growing in arid climates often have this colouration.
This is one of my other favourite plants, lamb's ears. I love the thich velvety leaves on these. It has almost become a weed in my garden. This is good because it is choking out the ugly weeds.
And these are amaryllis. They were here when we moved to this house 4 years ago. I've never grown these except as forced bulbs in winter. They are truly spectacular and starting to spread.
Gardening here is challenging. This is the harshest, dryest climate I've ever lived in. We inherited an overgrown weedy mess and are slowly learning how to garden here and without much supplemental water. We've been in a drought for 4 years and it makes sense to limit the water we put on the garden. Natives are the way to go and I am learning to appreciate the beauty of subtle sage green leaves and even prickly plants.
So that's a little tiny tour of my garden this week (carefully edited out weeds).
Hope you all have a fabulous week!