Koelreuteria bipinnata’s bright pink seed pods linger for 3-5 weeks.” A great small tree for drought, full sun and miserable soils.”( Michael Dirr; “Dirr’s Trees and Shrubs for Warm Climates.)
A recent afternoon stroll around the Square yielded some wonderful photos of plants combinations. Also, a black-leafed ornamental pepper really caught my eye, so I’ll have to have ‘Black Pearl’ for my garden. It will have to be grown as an annual. Their use of the flame flower vine, Senecio confusus, was so beautiful. Enjoy!
Caterpillars change and grow by spitting their skin. A new, larger one is under the old, tight skin. They change through several instars (stages). Then they weave a cocoon and change into a moth. This is the caterpillar of the Pandorus Sphinx. It is a beautiful, large moth, a feeder on night-blooming plants with a proboscis (tongue) about four inches long.
The Pandorus Sphinx has good protective coloration because it blends in with its surroundings. One of the nectar flowers is the night-blooming Moon Flower Datura.
My two sisters and I spent a couple of days together at Mystic Isle in Edgemont, Arkansas. We took a ride on Greer’s Ferry Lake and the Little Red River to catch the sunset over Sugar Loaf Mountain. The next day we walked to the top of a bluff behind my sister Dianne’s house. The red cedar looks like it is growing out of solid rock. Wonderful time!
‘October Glory’ maple is a hybrid between the Red maple (Acer rubrum) and the Silver maple (Acer saccharinum). It is not as brittle as the silver maple, but has the rapid growth of the silver maple. Fall color rivals that of the red maple.