September 13, 2022

Last week I came home from a trip to Santa Fe to find the oxblood lilies up and blazing in the back garden. Yesterday, after a weekend trip to Houston, I found a second round in fiery flower. Bonus!

Oxblood lilies (Rhodophiala bifida) are a passalong — but also purchasable — late-summer bulb from Argentina, which resettling German immigrants in the late 1800s brought to Central Texas. They love our hot, humid subtropical climate.

Aren’t they dreamy? These heralds of autumn have me dreaming of 80-degree fall weather to come.

My bulbs are elevated in the raised bed along the back of the house, which makes it easy to appreciate those red trumpets atop short stems.

Nearby, ‘Peppy Le Pom’ dwarf pomegranate is adding hot color of its own. Notice too the hot-pink of fallen crape myrtle flowers. That crape has flushed out happily after the recent rains, and a shower of tissue-petaled pink flowers falls constantly.

But back to the star of the late-summer garden, the oxbloods.

They will soon fade, and other fall-flowering plants will take their place in the spotlight. But for now that blaze of red makes my heart sing.

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September 13, 2022

Last week I came home from a trip to Santa Fe to find the oxblood lilies up and blazing in the back garden. Yesterday, after a weekend trip to Houston, I found a second round in fiery flower. Bonus!

Oxblood lilies (Rhodophiala bifida) are a passalong — but also purchasable — late-summer bulb from Argentina, which resettling German immigrants in the late 1800s brought to Central Texas. They love our hot, humid subtropical climate.

Aren’t they dreamy? These heralds of autumn have me dreaming of 80-degree fall weather to come.

My bulbs are elevated in the raised bed along the back of the house, which makes it easy to appreciate those red trumpets atop short stems.

Nearby, ‘Peppy Le Pom’ dwarf pomegranate is adding hot color of its own. Notice too the hot-pink of fallen crape myrtle flowers. That crape has flushed out happily after the recent rains, and a shower of tissue-petaled pink flowers falls constantly.

But back to the star of the late-summer garden, the oxbloods.

They will soon fade, and other fall-flowering plants will take their place in the spotlight. But for now that blaze of red makes my heart sing.

I welcome your comments. Please scroll to the end of this post to leave one. If you’re reading in an email, click here to visit Digging and find the comment box at the end of each post. And hey, did someone forward this email to you, and you want to subscribe? Click here to get Digging delivered directly to your inbox!

__________________________

Digging Deeper

Come learn about garden design from the experts at Garden Spark! I organize in-person talks by inspiring designers, landscape architects, and authors a few times a year in Austin. These are limited-attendance events that sell out quickly, so join the Garden Spark email list to be notified in advance. Simply click this link and ask to be added. You can find this year’s speaker lineup here.

All material (C) 2022 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

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