Bloom Day April 15, 2009
April 16, 2009
Hey everybody. Well it’s been a month since I last posted. Time sure flies. Because of the nice weather we’ve been having here in Austin I’ve been working in my yard like a madman. I had 9 yards of decomposed granite delivered from the Natural Gardener to make my backyard patio and I’ve been planting beds and trying to revive my grass that looks like %&#@ from last summer’s drought. I’ve got a LOT of flowers blooming though and I want to send a shout out to Carole and May Dreams Gardens (http://maydreamsgardens.blogspot.com/) for coming up with the idea of Bloom Day, which occurs on the 15th of each month and is the day that garden bloggers take photos of all of the flowers that are blooming in their gardens.
First up is the crazy Dr. Seuss-looking “Jerusalem Sage” (phlomis viscosa”). This has to be about the brightest yellow this side of the sunflower.
Next up is the statice (limonium sinuatum) which has been blooming like crazy all winter long. These flowers look the same when dried as they do when fresh. They also come in a purple variety.
I planted these this past fall and have saved the tab with the name somewhere but can’t seem to find it. Anyone have any idea what these are called?
The first blooms on the black and blue sage (salvia guarantica).
These snapdragons have been blooming all winter as well
Well it’s not exactly a beautiful bloom, but the castor bean plant (ricinus communis) is blooming so it gets a place here. You know this plant is where castor oil and ricinus comes from.
Here’s the Mexican Flame Vine (Senicio Confusus)
Jasmine vine I (the frangrance is incredible)
Mealy blue sage (Salvia Farinacea) is HUGE and covered in blooms.
Got this plant last year (Verbena Bonariensus) at the Rose Emporium in San Antonio. Really a cool plant. Lots of little ones coming up in the garden this year.
Here’s another verbena blooming all over and thru the tri-color sage (salvia officinalis)
(Salvia leucantha) which seems to have forgotten that it is supposed to bloom in the fall.
Bi color sage (Salvia coccinea)
Hot pink snapdragons with my new red convertible in the background (how did that get in there?)
Moss rose (portulaca grandiflora) is blooming like crazy.
Unidentified aloe plant is still blooming.
Early blooms on the blackfoot daisy (melampodium leucanthum)
Nicotiana alata is blooming with very fragrant blooms.
I love this tree, the Texas Wild Olive (cordia boissieri). It is covered all summer in these white crepe blooms.
Another favorite the Princess flower (tibouchina candolleana) is still covered in flowers.
I was surprised to see this flower on the cenizo a.k.a. Barometer Bush. It usually only blooms after it rains.
First flower of the season on the Oleander
More flowers on the bottlebrush bush (callistemon rigidus)
This is a new addition to my garden. Saw one blooming at Barton Springs Nursery last summer and knew I had to have it. It’s the morning glory bush (ipom0ea adeniodis)
This is such a nice tree (acacia dealdata).
Square bud primrose or calylophus drummondianus blooming in front of the purple heart (tradescantia pallida)
The Pineapple Guava (Acca sellowiana) is covered in flowers. Can’t wait for the fruit to form.
Ok, so I cheated a bit and didn’t describe everything on here but it’s after 11 pm and I leave in the morning for a week in San Francisco. Hope you all enjoy the blooms and I thank you for visiting my site. I am going to do my best to get caught up on my posts and be a bit more consistent in May.