Fall is a time of berries, fruits and buds around Austin, not all of which are for us to eat. In fact, many of the plants bearing fruit now are for the resident winter and migratory birds.
The deep red berries of this hot and spicy chile pequin (Capsicum annuum) look great with a covering of morning dew.
The one-year old yaupons (Ilex vomitoria) have a pretty nice fruit set, despite the terrible drought.
Our new satsuma orange also made it through the drought and is bearing 4 fruits, almost ready for eating. I can't wait to taste them!
On the budding side of things, this is such a fun time of year. It's really exciting to sleuth through the garden and find new buds on plants waiting for spring and new seedlings (like black-eyed susans, columbine, etc.) sprouting forth waiting to grow big when it warms up again. This is the first year I've seen any flower buds on the Nolina texana, which is one of my favorite natives.
And this is just a nice little scene with the Echevaria, sedums, heartleaf skullcap and sedges.
A close-up on the contrast between the sedges Carex texana and the heartleaf skullcap (Scutellaria ovata).
I was worried that we'd lost the skullcap because it went away over the summer, but I guess that's normal. It comes back, is evergreen in the winter and will bloom in the spring. It's also spreading like mad (I think it's a mint), and will easily fill up the space it's in...and then some I imagine. But that's cool with me, for now. It's fuzzy gray leaves are so beautiful.