July 19, 2021

On a recent evening I followed the fragrance of lemon Pledge to find my datura (Datura wrightii) practically howling at the moon. I counted at least 20 flowers, each as big across as my outstretched hand.

The fragrant flowers of this native Texas plant open at dusk and close in the morning, blooming for just one night.

But over the course of the summer, it pumps out a lot of dessert-plate-sized flowers. Two nights later I counted another 24 blossoms. Bring on the Georgia O’Keeffe gorgeousness!

And let me just take a moment to appreciate our landscape lighting while I’m out here. I love the tree shadows on the driveway, courtesy of downlights placed high in the live oak canopy — almost as if cast by moonlight. (We hired NightScenes to do that for us a couple of years ago, and what a difference it made.)

Datura and good lighting make nighttime the right time in the garden.

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July 19, 2021

On a recent evening I followed the fragrance of lemon Pledge to find my datura (Datura wrightii) practically howling at the moon. I counted at least 20 flowers, each as big across as my outstretched hand.

The fragrant flowers of this native Texas plant open at dusk and close in the morning, blooming for just one night.

But over the course of the summer, it pumps out a lot of dessert-plate-sized flowers. Two nights later I counted another 24 blossoms. Bring on the Georgia O’Keeffe gorgeousness!

And let me just take a moment to appreciate our landscape lighting while I’m out here. I love the tree shadows on the driveway, courtesy of downlights placed high in the live oak canopy — almost as if cast by moonlight. (We hired NightScenes to do that for us a couple of years ago, and what a difference it made.)

Datura and good lighting make nighttime the right time in the garden.

I welcome your comments; please scroll to the end of this post to leave one. If you’re reading this in a subscription email, click here to visit Digging and find the comment box at the end of each post.

_______________________

Digging Deeper: News and Upcoming Events

Join the mailing list for Garden Spark! Hungry to learn about garden design from the experts? I’m hosting a series of talks by inspiring garden designers, landscape architects, and authors a few times a year in Austin. Talks will resume this fall. 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.

All material (C) 2021 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

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