In my continuing project to photograph all different species of flowering plants on Flying Hat Ranchito during 2012-2013, I give you seven more Flowers of Flying Hat (32-38). Please correct my identification if I make an error, for I want my cataloging to be accurate.
As the Tall Coneflower matures, it loses the green-gray cone, becoming brown. These are immature, but mature Tall Coneflowers erupt throughout the ranchito. These immature coneflowers suddenly sprang up after the last rain along a terracing ditch for stock ponds. The large spindle-like purple flowers in the background are horse mint, previously photographed.
This odd-named plant is a host to several larval: Phaon Crescentspot, Buckeye, and White Peacock butterflies. I find butterflies and bees abounding on its blossoms. The sprawl is located in front of my C&C livestock trailer and my Big Texas flatbed. It is flooded and dried by the sun, time and time again, and still remains robust and flowering. Frankly, I nearly passed over the blossoms for they are quite small — about 1/4 inch across –, but decided to go back this morning and photograph. Upon looking up its characteristics, I am impressed with its connections to bees, butterflies and larvae. I wish I knew how Frogfruit got its name. And it is Turkey Tangle Fogfruit, not Frogfruit, in case you are interested. Fogfruit, Frogfruit — what nomenclature our ancestors tagged on flora.
I can’t wait for someone to ask me down at the barn, What kind of plant is that?
My answer, Why don’t you know? Everyone knows that’s….
If I have been stuck by this cactus once, then it is for sure at least a hundred times more over the years. I may have been bucked by a horse long ago into a bunch of these Christmas cacti. I have eaten the fruit carefully.
I went down to the Grove this morning to see if the Wine Cups blossom in cooler temperatures — 70 F. The Wine Cups were gone, but these Goldenmane Tickseed had sprung up about the area where the Wine Cups had erupted. Fair enough, I think, for the soil is rich, the shade is cool by the creek, and there is room for several blossoming plants.
- Wine Cup Clearing: Flowers of Flying Hat (25-31) (swamericana.wordpress.com)
- Flowers, Flowers, Everywhere!!! (myheartsmission.com)
- Plant to attract birds (mysanantonio.com)