Today I saw our lovely anole balanced near the top of the brugmansia. Danger! Danger! Doesn’t he know they are poisonous? I guess when you look that good you can imagine yourself as immortal.
Under his immortal-ness’ perch, the brugmansia was showing off some flower buds. They look a little bit like bananas. This shrub was a gift. When I got it this spring it was a couple of feet high. Now it towers over my head. NOT xeric. I cannot believe what a water pig it has been.
This is a true sign of autumn. It shows the temperatures are finally starting to drop. I cannot WAIT to see and smell the flowers =)
Perhaps I caught a touch of the anole’s madness because soon after I strangely felt compelled to risk a touch of heat stroke. I waited until the hottest time of day to go for a walk by the creek and left without first camel-ing up some water. Blargh. I am still sweating.
Even if I hadn’t seen so many fruits I probably could have guessed we are getting closer to fall just based on the number of bee collisions. I literally ran into about five. Based on their robust size they were probably carpenters but there could have been a bumble or two. I tried to get pictures but they were all frantically flying (mostly) overhead.
I think this is a Mexican Plum. I love the colour of the fruit whatever it is.
Turk’s Cap was blooming in large patches looking pretty enough to make me wonder why I thought they would be hard to grow. Some have already started to set fruit. I’ve heard it is edible and think it must be pretty tasty since most of the fruits I saw had bite marks. AKA Mexican Apple. I have heard it tastes a bit like cucumber.
Another fruit: wild chili peppers. This plant is a really pretty shrub with multi-season interest. Unfortunately, it is allergic to my pecan trees. Maybe next spring I will try it as a container plant.
And then I saw what I am guessing is a Mexican Buckeye. It had leaves like an ash but every ash I ever knew had flat winged seeds; these looked more like Alien heads. I had to look this one up. Poisonous, apparently. Glad I didn’t try to taste it even though I was REALLY REALLY thirsty. hahaha