Saturday, March 31, 2012


One thing I did last weekend is something I always enjoy doing...I wandered around the property looking for unusual plants or things I might find.  With acres to explore, there's no telling what I'll find.  These are some of the flowers I noticed while out and about.  Not sure what they are, and if anyone knows, please feel free to share, I'm always eager to learn something new!!

Love these pink/purple flowers.  They remind me of "Buttercups" or "Phlox", but I'm not sure what they are.
(thanks to reader Richard!)

These are very pretty and were scattered all over the place out there.  Not sure what they are called though.  Very tall with cute little pale purple flowers with bright yellow centers.

(thanks to reader Nancy!)

This was one of the most interesting ones I found while walking around.  It's  hard to tell in this picture but it had yellow and white and purple flowers in the center of green petals or leaves.  They were in large clumps and growing low to the ground.  So neat!
(thanks reader Janice!)

I wish I could have gotten a better picture of these.  They were a pale purple/blue and smelled HEAVENLY.  Tiny and delicate, they were all over the place as well.
(thanks reader Kelly!)

There were some others I wish I had gotten photos of but my battery was getting low.  Will get some more this weekend (new batteries now, yay!).  In fact, as you read this, I will most likely already be there.  Need to start getting the flower beds dug so i can begin putting in some bushes and flowers.  Found a few clumps of something that looked like it might be some sort of bulb type flower growing.  I'd love to find some wild bulbs that I could divide up and move to the beds around the house.  I'll be looking for those as well.  

I love that native stuff that's just been growing there for years, is still growing well, just waiting for me to find it.  I'm sure there are many plants that I could discover.  I would love to find some wild herbs or some wild garlic or other similar types.  I guess I need to find a field guide of some sort for wild plants and herbs and flowers for this region of Texas.

Will keep you posted!


Frugal Living UK said...

Sad to say, I am a novice and can't identify any of them either. Pretty though.

Nancy Lewis said...

The blue ones are Blue-Eyed Grass--not actually a grass, but more closely related to irises. I just love them, too!

Janice W Evans said...

I believe the purple ones are phlox. . .here's where I looked it up:

Loving your blog. . .found it because I was researching the Huisache tree. . .good job!


Janice W Evans said...

I was just researching something for myself by googling White Texas Wildflowers and saw the third flower down. . .thought I'd let you know it is called Antelope Horns. . .very, very cool!

1st Man said...

Hey, right there with ya! I just oh and ah but don't have a clue. But I'm thinking, hoping, I get some replies.

Until then they sure are purdy, LOL!

1st Man said...

Perfect, I googled blue eyed grass and that's what I saw! Awesome! Thanks for commenting and visiting!! Please come back soon!

1st Man said...

Wow! That's them exactly! I might have photographed them before they were fully in bloom. Awesome! Thank you so much! Edited to add the name and credited you! Thanks for stopping by!!

1st Man said...

I thought they might be that and in my photo they kind of look like that but I googled phlox and that's not exactly the way they looked in person. I might need to get some better pictures tomorrow. Thanks for your kind words, it means a lot!!!

Richard G said...

I think those purple ones in your first photo are called Poppy Mallow's. They do look close to phlox. Google poppy mallow and see if that's what you saw in person. Love your blog, it's so wide ranging in topics, very interesting. Keep up the good work.

1st Man said...

I googled it and it does look like the ones I saw. I was leaning toward the phlox but these are just a bit closer to what I saw. I'll go ahead and label them as that, unless something else more definitive comes along, ha.

Thanks for visiting Richard, hope you'll come back!

Bluestem said...

Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region, by Sally Wasowski is a great book for identifying and growing Texas natives. It has been around for a while, so you may be able to find one in a used book store. Highly recommended.

Did you know the antelope horns was a milkweed? Check it out for monarch caterpillars. Green milkweed looks very similar. Mine have monarch eggs on them now.

1st Man said...

Wow! Awesome! I was hoping you'd reply, you probably know more about most of the stuff we have growing, ha. LOVE that antelope horns are a possible monarch caterpillar favorite. I will check them out more closely next weekend. And I"m looking for that book now!! Thanks so much!!!

madmadre said...

I just wanted to tell you that I love your blog. I read it every day through email and thought I'd stop in and tell you that you have another fan, out in Southern California, thoroughly enjoying your adventure. And always being inspired by it. Thank you for taking the time to share with all of us!

1st Man said...

Wow, that is very nice and thoughtful of you. I do this hoping that someone somehwere is enjoying it or getting some little something out of it or just having fun. I like to hear when that happened. Thank you so much and thank you for stopping by. :-)

Kelly said...

I know this is an old post, but the fourth picture is Texas Toadflax or Blue Toadflax (Linaria canadensis var. texana). :)

1st Man said...

No problem, we like to get comments on old stuff too, it shows that people stumble across something we did a while ago, ha. I have never heard that name, love it! I have corrected the post and credited you. THANKS!!