Ipomoea cordatotriloba

My Favorite Fall Color, Part I: Mostly Red (Sigyn Speaks)

It’s here!  It’s really here!

At long last, the calendar and East Texas are in synch–IT’S FALL!!!

The days are still warm, but I think, I think, we’ve seen the last of the really nasty heat.  The mornings are cool, the nights are sleepable, the mockingbirds are singing and swooping for territory, and it has done nothing recently but rain.  (The lawn is so happy!)

Loki and I are out for a little walk between showers.  The neighborhood is fine, but there is a lot to see right around the house.  And a lot of it is RED!

I would know it is fall if this was the only plant I saw.

schoolhouse-lilies

Schoolhouse lilies!  They just pop right up without leaves.  The first ones nose their way up out of the grass every year when the fall semester starts.  The human female says she started with three bulbs.   There must be many more of them by now, because the flowers pop up a few every day for weeks.  I just want to hug them!

This red sage flowers off and on all year, but it really likes fall best.

salvia

The hummingbirds like it a lot, and so do I!  It’s pretty good for dangling.

The hummers like the Turk’s cap even better.

turkscap

I’ve always wanted to pet a hummingbird–they are just too cute, and they have the sweetest little squeaky voices!  Maybe if I put up a feeder and sat on it…

The humming birds like the morning-glories, too.  They aren’t red, but they are native, which is a good thing.

morningglories0

They’ve crawled all over the compost heap’s enclosure, scrambled up the sapling hackberry by the driveway, and climbed into the neighbor’s holly tree.

morning-glories3

It’s very festive every morning!

They have spread down the side of the house and overrun the iris bed and the little, useless fencey bit.

morning-glories1

Not to mention the other side of the fencey bit and the rest of the irises.

morning-glories2

There are some in the front yard as well.  It all comes of not weeding very much, but what a happy accident!

: )

 

 

A November Walk, Part I: The Last of the Flowers

After a succession of dreary-ish days, there is actually some sun and pleasant weather, so when the human female suggested we all go for a walk, my acquiescence was less grudging than usual.  Also, I know she has plans to call up her sister while she is walking.  When she does this, she often pauses on the little bridge in the neighborhood, leaving Sigyn and me free to wander off and explore a bit. Anything to get away from the guffawing and cackling into which such a sororal confabulation usually devolves.

Sigyn was first to spot something in flower.  What is this morning-glory doing open in the afternoon?

afternoonglory

I guess the whole Daylight Savings Time thing has everyone confused.

The goldenrod has nearly finished flowering for the year.  Its tall, wand-like stems are fairly easy to climb.  Today is rather a breezy day, so examining this swaying plant is as much of a ride as a botany lesson.  Sigyn, are you holding on tightly?  Please use both hands!

goldenrod

Oooh, look!   Berries!  Don’t they look plump and delicious?

ampelopsis

Wait, though!  This is peppervine, and the fruit are NOT edible.

Still, the human female is always moaning about how expensive fresh blueberries are.  I think that in baked goods or pancakes, these would nearly indistinguishable from the real thing.  I shall hop down from here and teleport home to get a basket so we can pick some for her.

ampelopsis2

Just remember, sweetie, not to sample the next batch of her muffins…

>|: [