Tall Aster (Aster praealtus ) basal rosettes growing under and out from last summer's stalks. Next October the stalks-yet-to-come will be covered in little purple blooms, and yellow-orange butterflies.
Cedar sage (Salvia roemeriana), evergreen and prolifically seeding. Drought-tolerant, deer-resistant shade-lover. When the weather turns hot, it will welcome butterflies with stalks of red trumpet blooms.
Lamb's Ears (Stachys byzantina) soft gray-green leaves shine all winter, and pinky-purple blooms crawl sprawling stalks all summer. Not tidy but beloved by bees.
Left alone, lyreleaf sage (Salvia lyrata) grows into a purply-green shady-area carpet, and blooms blue in early spring. Deer resistant.
New leaves sprout on native Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens).
And buds of future flowers on our new little Escarpment Black Cherry tree (Prunus serotina var. eximia) .
We have our share of winter-burned brown but it's more fun to share the hope of spring.
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Words and photos by Kathleen Scott,for her blog Hill Country Mysteries. Copyright 2009-2010.