The Plumbago has always been one of my favorite flowers, and I finally have a bed with enough sun for it to grow. This photo, while a slightly deeper lavender blue than true, shows off why I love this plant.
Another top favorite for me is Bicolor Iris. The first year I had this plant, I barely had any blooms. This year, she is outrageously prolific. There are still buds waiting to show themselves here in early June. She’s only three and already learned how to dress up. I love the grassy leaves against the limestone of the house.
I got this new lantana because it reminds me of the ones my mother used to grow. A sweet little flower on a tough plant. Sounds like a southern woman to me.
This wonderful Scotch Bottlebrush was an impulse purchase when I first bought my home, before I really knew what I was buying. I’m so glad I did! It LOVES my yard, and the bees love it, and everyone is happy about it. I get more neighbors asking about this magnificent bloomer than anything else.
This sweet Mock Orange was already in place when I bought my home in South Austin. It isn’t prolific because of where the previous owners planted it, and I’m still deciding where to move it. I love the delicacy of the white flower.
Okay, I know, I KNOW. I’m not supposed to waste my money trying to grow Hydrangeas here. But it was SO pretty! I got 4 beautiful huge blooms, pinkish purple in my soil. I’ll just have to see what happens next year.
I have been wanting a Rose of Sharon (Althea) for years now, ever since I first saw one. I finally have a place for it with all the new landscape work. Here she is, year one. She says she likes her new home, but needs some company. I gave her a Viburnum for year round companionship, but what else would she enjoy hanging out with?
These Pentas are always so bright! I put these together in a container, but I can’t remember what the leafy green, semi-succulent plant with it is. Anyone?
Okay, a couple of cheats here. These are annual Begonia container plants that I couldn’t resist. I have a few more “cheats” down below. The color is so amazing.
I’m a sucker for anything tropical. Every year I buy an expensive Bougainvillea, and every year it doesn’t bloom beyond the blooms it had on it when I purchased it. I did it again this year. I just adore this plant, but it doesn’t adore me.
What a sweet Geranium! I’ll enjoy it for as long as it can stand it this summer.
I never buy plants at Home Depot, except for when I do. Though I always swear that I’ll only purchase at my favorite local nurseries, this Lemon Petunia called my name when I went in for supplies. The color is an exquisite yellow, though it isn’t handling the hot summer well since this photo.
That’s it for May, 2008! I’ve since been working on my new beds that I put in once the new fence was completed, which enlarged my back yard significantly and changed sun patterns. I hope to have more on bloom day in June. And next year, if all goes well, things should be even bigger and better. (crossing fingers and toes).