This Mountain Laurel struggled through its first 3 years of life. I moved it 3 times to find a happy home, and finally last year settled on this spot. It added much needed healthy greenery last year, but no blooms.
So I am celebrating the upcoming blooms of my baby Mountain Laurel. Since this native small tree/shrub grows SO slowly, I’m excited to see her celebrating her 4th spring with blooms. Once they fully blossom, these gorgeous dark purple flowers will scent the neighborhood with soda-pop Grapette smell, a delight in Austin in the Spring. And the butterflies will be showing up en masse as well.
I believe this is a newly planted Rain Lily blooming, even though we’ve had no rain. Purchased at the Zilker Bulb Society show about a month ago, I had forgotten about this planting until it showed up two days ago. Can someone please correct me if I’m wrong in my identification? I didn’t know that I had bought a lavender form, I thought it was pink!
Update: Lori of Gardener of Good and Evil, has correctly identified this plant as a Spring Starflower. Apparently a volunteer, and it is continuing to bloom here in early March. The good news is, I was mistaken about forgetting! 🙂