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In Praise of Days with Purple Haze ...

roselee z8b S.W. Texas
May 25, 2019
last modified: May 25, 2019

I'm not sure why I resisted planting Vitex for many years when it gives so freely of color like this. Standing near is like being engulfed in purple haze ...


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Vitex also comes in white shown below, and pink, which I've recently planted ...


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I'm not sure if what is commonly called 'beach vitex' is actually related, but here are it's pretty little purple flowers ...


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Texas rock rose is the prettiest it's ever been. This is one plant ...


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Pipe vine swallowtail caterpillars have been slow in coming this year. These are the first, but their lateness in arriving has given the pipe vines a chance to grow large and bloom ...


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Same with Gulf frit caterpillars which has allowed the native passion vines a chance to grow large enough to feed a few. I'm still looking for 'blue crown' passion vine if any one sees them for sale in San Antonio ...


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The caterpillars roam free, but some critters hatched from eggs have to be caged lest they get loose, grow large, and wreck havoc upon the garden ... ;-)


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However, this one was deemed to be benign ...


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Closing this post with an early morning overview ...


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Wishing more of these beautiful lazy hazy days to you all ....

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