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September Surprises

Gerber Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)

Around mid July, some plants here in my Houston garden go into survival mode. They stop growing and stop blooming. All their energy goes into surviving the relentless heat. In late September, fall ushers in the autumn breeze. Scattered thundershowers and a gentler sun breathes new life into my garden. After enduring the long, brutal heat and humidity of summer, many of my favorite bloomers, are awaking from their survival mode. A walk in the garden this week, reveals these September Surprises.
Spicy Jatropha (Jatropha integerrima ‘Compacta’)

Jatropha Closeup


Rain Lilies (Zephyranthes carinata)


Red Spider Lily Flower Bud (Lycoris radiata)


Red Spider Lily (Lycoris radiata)



 Aloe vera


Society Garlic (Tulbaghia violacea) society-garlic-2

16 thoughts on “September Surprises”

  1. Great photos. It’s amazing how the rain has made things come back to life. Some things I thought were not going to make it.
    I love the spider lily. Hmmm…..Maybe I need some here, too.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Beautiful photos! My garden is waking up, too! These cooler temperatures are very welcomed! Pretty blooms!!!

  3. Jackie, you and that XSi are quite a combination. glad to see you are a Canon owner. Thanks for the images. Glad you’re getting a break from the heat.

  4. Your photos are awesome! Are some of those different kinds of surprise lilies? I planted some last fall, and the leaves came up, but the blooms didn’t.

    Thanks for picking my post on blotancial.

    1. Yes. There are several lilies referred to as surprise lilies and the Red Spider Lily is one of them. My Oxblood lilies came up yesterday and I’ll be photographing them tomorrow. 🙂

  5. Your photos are fabulous! I love those rain lillies and the spider lily is so different looking. I see you have a Canon xsi. me too! I love this camera. It is my 4th rebel. I used to have the film canon rebel and now I have the digital. Such a great camera.

  6. We have a similar sequence of seasons as you. Only the heat will not abate until October. We’re in a heat wave right now. I love the flowers that have appeared in your cooler weather. Beautiful and refreshing.

  7. Your Lycoris looks very like our Nerines, and I do wonder why the USA calls our wild garlic, Tulbaghia, SOCIETY garlic??

  8. I only had one of many red spider lilies bloom this year. I think they are getting too much water when they are dormant.

  9. Wonderful shots, Jackie! Your fall is looking so splendid, may you get to enjoy a long and luxurious season.
    p.s. I wish I could meet you in person and have my new camera (Canon sx1 IS) with me for some pointers, although I need way more than just pointers! HA

  10. Just curious about the aloe vera. I am interested in getting some but I was just wondering if the specific one you have a picture of on here has a scientific name? If I google aloe vera very few pictures come up that look like these flowers. The pictures that come up, the flowers are more cone shaped but I really like the ones you have posted up on here.

    1. Jacqueline D'Elia

      It was a pass along plant that did not have a tag. I read there are 300 different varieties of Aloe vera. I wish I could say which one it is.

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