Purple and Gold Rule for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day

October 15th, 2013 Posted in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Even in harsh drought, my perennial asters never fail. Just a few drops of rain prompted their annual performance this week.
Fall asters and oxalis Central Texas Austin garden

I’m glad I took a chance last year on a new addition, Indian mallow, Abutilon palmeri.

I’ll admit that sometimes I regret my exuberant passion vine, since it takes over the world. Then, it brings a whirl of butterflies and other insects to fuel up in its flower nectar. Plus, I’ve watched countless new generations, thanks to the leaves that host the larval nursery. Truly, the gift that keeps on giving!

passion vine flower Austin garden
See what’s blooming all over the world, thanks to Carol Michel and her innovative concept to bring gardeners together!

Thanks for checking in, Linda

  1. 16 Responses to “Purple and Gold Rule for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day”

  2. By Janie on Oct 15, 2013

    I love the passion flower..now I want one..great garden…happy gbbd!


    Linda reply on October 15th, 2013 11:43 am:

    Just beware Janie–they grow like crazy! Happy GBBD to you too.


  3. By Dee/reddirtramblings on Oct 15, 2013

    My passionflower vine barely came up this year. Perhaps, the larval nursery took too much of its energy. I do hear of others having it everywhere though. Have you noticed how much of fall is all about royal purple? I wonder why.


    Linda reply on October 15th, 2013 3:26 pm:

    Mine wasn’t doing much until recently. Then good grief! I’ve had to pull them off my yaupons and mountain laurels. Yes, I’ve noticed that fall is so often purple and golds. So interesting.


  4. By Gail on Oct 15, 2013

    They do rule and beautifully I will add!


    Linda reply on October 15th, 2013 3:25 pm:

    Thanks Gail!


  5. By Heather/xericstyle on Oct 15, 2013

    HMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmm….I have been wanting a passion vine bigtime for the front purple garden on a trellis….is it really that outta control?????????? I like things to be more…..well…stay in their place in the front.



    Linda reply on October 15th, 2013 6:05 pm:

    Yes, it IS outta of control. But I’d still recommend it, since it brings so many butterflies to the garden.


  6. By Shirley on Oct 15, 2013

    Purple and gold look so good in our fall weather.

    I’m trying to add more cool colors to the front yard now.


    Linda reply on October 15th, 2013 6:04 pm:

    Your garden is already so lovely!


  7. By Jenny on Oct 15, 2013

    Who was Louis Hamilton? I have to have him. Happy bloom day Linda


    Linda reply on October 15th, 2013 6:03 pm:

    Hmm, need to check into that! I love this plant: it’s done much better than my other globe mallows. It may not be totally cold hardy, but it made it through last year’s mild winter. Happy bloom day to you, too!


  8. By Jean Campbell on Oct 16, 2013

    The Purple Haze of Fall, it’s in the way the light falls making the plants more dramatic.

    Wonderful post with things I’m not growing that maybe I should be. Well, not passiflora, I’ll leave it to the meadow edges.


    Linda reply on October 16th, 2013 8:08 pm:

    Oh, Jean, that is so poetic! LOVE IT.

    Yes, passiflora is best left to the meadow edges. Yowsers!


  9. By Ally on Oct 16, 2013

    I have a pretty good larval nursery on my passion vine right now. I hope there’s a plant left when there done. I debated on removing a few caterpillars, but couldn’t decide who the unlucky ones would be. Hopefully, with all this rain the passion vine will re-leaf quickly.


    Linda reply on October 16th, 2013 8:07 pm:

    Hi, Ally! Mine always recover very fast. And it will come back in spades next year. I can’t move babies either.


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