July 19, 2021
On a latest night I adopted the perfume of lemon Pledge to seek out my datura (Datura wrightii) virtually howling on the moon. I counted a minimum of 20 flowers, every as huge throughout as my outstretched hand.
The aromatic flowers of this native Texas plant open at nightfall and shut within the morning, blooming for only one night time.
However over the course of the summer time, it pumps out numerous dessert-plate-sized flowers. Two nights later I counted one other 24 blossoms. Deliver on the Georgia O’Keeffe gorgeousness!
And let me simply take a second to understand our panorama lighting whereas I’m out right here. I really like the tree shadows on the driveway, courtesy of downlights positioned excessive within the stay oak cover — virtually as if forged by moonlight. (We employed NightScenes to try this for us a few years in the past, and what a distinction it made.)
Datura and good lighting make nighttime the suitable time within the backyard.
I welcome your feedback; please scroll to the top of this submit to go away one. If you happen to’re studying this in a subscription electronic mail, click on right here to go to Digging and discover the remark field on the finish of every submit.
Digging Deeper: Information and Upcoming Occasions
Be part of the mailing record for Backyard Spark! Hungry to study backyard design from the consultants? I’m internet hosting a sequence of talks by inspiring backyard designers, panorama architects, and authors a couple of instances a 12 months in Austin. Talks will resume this fall. These are limited-attendance occasions that promote out shortly, so be a part of the Backyard Spark electronic mail record to be notified prematurely. Merely click on this hyperlink and ask to be added.
All materials © 2021 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized copy prohibited.