Celebration of Floral Diversity

Long day that at least brought good rain without an accompanying tornado warning, that’s what it was. I did get out in the dampness to look for new flowers. Two I saw yesterday when I didn’t have the phone with me were hiding thanks to the rain, but I was pleased to spot our patch of interesting paintbrush flowers.

Four shades.

These usually red flowers do sometimes show some variety. My friend nearby has some yellow ones, too. I think they look wonderful in yellow, though, even if it makes them less interesting to hummingbirds. The apricot one is pretty spectacular, too.

I’d have had some beautiful wine cups to share, but yesterday the tenants turned the field behind the house into little while marshmallows of haylage. My hope is that they come right back.

Former wildflowers. And oats or something that they harvested.

Oh well. I have a few spots with grass making blossoms. Here’s some pretty peppergrass and little quaking grass.

You know, if you don’t mow until the flowers go to seed, you get a lovely show every year. Here are the two sides of my road. I like my side.

I guess we each get to do what we want to on the land we’re in charge of. We have some freedoms still! Speaking of which, now that the fish are gone, Mabel is free to swish her nose in the water all she wants.

Well, good, cause I’m thirsty. (Her ears are back because Apache is coming up behind her to make her move.)

And the sickly hen seems a bit better! You never know.

Thanks for the update, Suna!

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

4 thoughts on “Celebration of Floral Diversity”

  1. Seems I can only comment to the blog that comes in email – not the on the blog site. So – back to April 1, the Golden-Cheeked Warbler post: wanted to say that there’s something in the first picture on that blog that looks to me like a small snake – and surely you’ve have mentioned if it was! Slightly to the left under the leaf that’s at 12:00, what’s probably a twig looks like the front end of a reptile. Could this be? Of course, some snakes are described as looking like sticks when they’re not moving….

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    1. I blew it up. It’s a stick. The cedar ones have patterns like that! I was looking for a snake, too!


  2. Especially love the paintbrush flowers – something I don’t think I’ve ever encountered. Have been looking at the blog at the end of the day and too tired/weather-stressed to comment, so may go back and comment now. First, poor little fishes! But those things happen, and they probably lived longer in the water tank than the ones kept in fish bowls indoors.

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