Some of my garden plants have escaped captivity and have run off to live on their own. The amazing thing is that they did it during the drought with no supplemental water or help from me.
Out in the uncultivated areas of my property, I'm seeing some plants that have the capacity to survive and even flourish. Oxblood lilies are pictured below. I have no idea how they got here. This little spot in the woods is quite a distance from where I actually planted oxblood lilies in my front garden. They look quite lovely in this natural setting.
These oxblood lilies are even further away from my cultivated gardens beneath layers of dead cedar trees. Isn't that amazing?
After the discovery of the oxblood lilies, I started looking around and identified several of my garden plants whose offspring had escaped back into the wild. This pigeonberry, Rivina humilis, seems to like this spot among the trees and weeds. Ironically, the pigeonberry in my garden doesn't look half this good.
I have no trouble growing scarlet sage, Salvia coccinea, so I wasn't surprised to see it taking advantage of thinning tree canopies and dead bramble vines.
This rock rose, Pavonia lasiopetala, and prickly pear cactus look quite at home in this woodsy spot despite never having received an ounce of water or a bit of care from me.
This lantana is a hopeful sight along the back fence. Even though it's surrounded by dead trees and brush, it's huge and blooming beautifully.
Inspiration comes from strange places and at unexpected moments. Right around the time I discovered these woodland survivors, I found a wonderful blog called the Plano Prairie Garden, and met with a representative from the Native American Seeds of Texas. These chance encounters gave me an idea. You might even say an epiphany.
I'm going to expand my wildflower meadow and create something more. Here's the very first picture taken after Richard used the tractor to trace out the beginning of a path. With wildflower seeds in hand and my mind brimming with ideas, I'm off to have some fun and create!