A pink and white basket, flower, that is. The American Basketflowers are coming into bloom. I might say this is my favorite annual wildflower, but that would mean the bluebonnet is not my favorite and that would be un-Texan. So, American Basketflower is my second favorite annual wildflower.
The name comes from the bracts that enclose the flowerbud and remain under the flower once it opens.
Although the flower looks like a thistle, there are no spines on the leaves.
Nearby, a Standing Cypress is blooming with bright red flowers.
Mexican Hat flowers vary in color from plant to plant. These flowers are mostly dark red with yellow edges.
The petals of this flower are almost equally divided with red and yellow. I will need to pay attention to this plant to see if the red expands the flower matures.
The flower petals of this plant are pure yellow and remain that color.
Soon there will be a sea of purple flowers on the Heartleaf Skullcap that is expanding across the front rain garden.
St. Augustine grass still grows along the west side of my house and driveway. I removed some of the grass near the alley because I needed a place to dump excess soil while I was constructing pathways. It turns out I dumped a bunch of seeds along with the dirt. Gailardia, Horsemint, Prairie Verbena, Gaura, Clammyweed, Datura, Rock Rose, Mealycup Sage, Eryngo and several other plants all appeared voluntarily.
Here is a closer look at the Gailardia, Horsemint and Gaura. Not a bad display for an unplanned garden. I had other ideas for this space, but I may just observe and let nature do her thing.