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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, April 2010
Carol of May Dreams Gardens invites us each month to display what’s blooming in our gardens on the 15th of every month. Though I missed it by one day, belated still counts in the gardening world.
While my garden is still getting her adolescent legs under her, she has lots of showing off happening right now. With coltish smaller displays, there is room to grow in between plants. As always, just wait till NEXT year, right?
Starting with my favorites, (don’t tell the others), the Yellow Sunny Knockout Rose is knocking me out (below):
It’s her first year in my garden (a birthday present to myself last fall), and she loves her new location. Here’s a closeup of the blooms; they open quite lemon yellow and a day or so later fade to a lovely cream. Combined with her rosy fragrance, she’s quite the gal!
I like how she combines with Senorita Rosalita Cleome, a proven winner trialed by Pam/Digging and made all of us Austin bloggers clamor for one of our own:
A better look at Senorita Rosalita, one of 5 (yes, I said five) in my yard. A great annual for filling in empty spots that will someday be filled by nearby perennials:
Another top-of-my-list favorite is Marilyn’s Choice Abutilon. Hardy and showy, she’s very happy in her morning sun location with rich soil:
I hope those same conditions are right for the white-blooming Diamond Frost Euphorbia, because I like the two of them together:
And one of the great joys of Bloom Day is that I always find a surprise waiting for me. Today’s shocker is this newly-planted-last-winter Camellia in bloom now! And to top it off, the plant tag had indicated a white bloom. So she really is quite the off-color jokester:
Verbena in many forms is off-the-charts gorgeous everywhere this year. I have several colors:
I love this combo of native Moss Verbena and Daylillies:
Mock Orange is always a lovely spring show, giving me blooms for about 3 weeks. Here she is, right on time:
Nearby, this is the first time I’ve gotten these two plants to bloom together, and I’m lovin’ it! Coral Honeysuckle with Primrose Jasmine:
The Byzantine Gladiolus returned this year with long-lasting show-stopping neon fuchsia blooms:
My acid-soil, morning sun container is so far working to give me that southern garden charm. I hope I can keep the stock tank container watered enough through the hot summer to keep everything alive. Here’s Autumn Belle Encore Azalea going to town in her Sunday best:
Next to her is the new addition of Clerodendron Bleeding Heart Vine, also known as Glory Bower:
I’ll finish out with photos of the other blooms; it’s quite a colorful show this spring!
It seems the whole country is in bloom! From gardens to wildflowers, check out the blogroll at May Dreams.
Bloom Day November 2009 (at long last)
Now that Summer of Hell II is behind us, I seem to be able to live in the present and forget the horrible drought and heat. Though we are still in the drought, rains in October made our fair city look like spring again. Now that I have a few blooms in the garden and the weather is humanly cool, the cloudy morning took me outside to once again participate in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
My new favorite plant, Clarodendrun Ugandense, is also known as Butterfly plant, because of the butterfly shape of the gorgeous blue flowers. This one is planted in mostly shade, with about 2-3 hours of early morning sun only.
Planted next to it is a sweet little plant called Cat’s Whiskers. You can see where it got it’s name.
In the front sunny corner, the Lantana and Bulbine just won’t stop blooming.
Copper Canyon Daisy was a tiny new planting last spring; I’m thrilled it likes my partial shade location for it. Behind it, a new Lantana called Lucky White was rescued from the clearance table at Home Depot last spring.
And my long-time favorite, lavender Ivy Geranium bloomed all summer and continues until a freeze.
This cousin to Setcreasia was a passalong from Renee at Renee’s Roots, and I can’t remember the name. I love how the blooms resemble baby’s breath, and I look forward to creating a lush hanging basket from it next spring. I also like it paired here with Sparkler Sedge as a bright spot in the shade.
Here’s a new Stonecrop that I couldn’t resist at the nursery a few weeks back. I hope it will come back next spring as I like how it works with the limestone rocks.
This is a new purchase for partial shade, called Salvia Honeysuckle. I know it has another name, but I’ve lost the tag. Can someone help with identification for me? I love the gray fuzzy leaves with the red bloom. I’m actually surprised that it bloomed as it was planted just two weeks ago in anticipation of next year’s bloom season.
And it wouldn’t be fall without Nandina berries on my last remaining Nandina shrub.
Garden Bloggers Bloom Day- April, 2009
Many thanks, as always, to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for creating and hosting this monthly event in the world of garden blogging.
Many of you read my recent whine about feeling like my yard looks just like the local Whataburger, so I set out today to prove myself wrong. With this bloom from a passalong rose from Lori/Gardener of Good and Evil, I think I achieved that!
Double Delight Rose is gorgeous, with a scent to match.
The Primrose Jasmine is at its peak.
The Mock Orange is just beginning. It will probably peak next week, especially if we get the “promised” rain in the forecast.
I didn’t even know that this recently planted Pittisporum bloomed, but it was covered with buds a week ago and these sweet, light yellow blooms have a fragrant scent to boot.
And I’m still loving my Double Ranunculus. It is going strong, with more buds to follow. These were bulbs picked up on a whim at Barton Springs Nursery last fall.
This most recent bloom on the same plant, though, is a single form.
This is my latest Ivy Geranium, a winter hardy geranium if I protect it from cold.
Another look at Double Delight from the front.
I finally got a decent photo of the bulbine.
The Abutilon is blooming. I love the variegated leaves with the busy, veined blooms.
And yet another Ivy Geranium. I love how you can see a bloom through the sheer curtains of the gazebo.
The Byzantine Gladiolus, an indulgence purchase from Southern Bulbs. Great color, aren’t they?
Coral Nymph Salvia Cocciniea. Molly Ivans is blooming in the front yard as well.
White Salvia Greggii, Pink Sunburst Canna, and The Flash peeking at me.
The Bottlebrush is just about to burst into blooms all over. I’m anxiously awaiting that, it’s a sight to see every spring.
Spotted Dead Nettle with Impatiens; a nice shade combo in a container.
A close-up of the Gladiolus.
Verbena is blooming in several colors now.
And this newly blooming plant just popped up as I was strolling through the garden taking pictures.
Other blooms are a kolanchoe, an aloe, ice plant, ajuga, red salvia, pink salvia, purple heart, and society garlic, bicolor Iris and butterfly Iris are just beginning.