There was frost on the rooftops this morning so I wandered out back to the nearest birdbath to see if we had indeed gotten below freezing. Yep, I'd say so.
When I went to break the ice, it was harder than I thought. So I picked up that rock that's in the middle of the birdbath, thinking I'd use it to break the ice.
Guess not! The patterns in the ice were so pretty, I hated to let it melt away in the winter sun ...
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
|Gartendirektor Otto Linne blooms year round.|
Disclaimer from the Head Gardener: In this, as always, I bow to She Who Must Be Obeyed (SWMBO). HOWEVER, I register herewith my formal disapproval of this slipshod and lackadaisical practice.
|White plumbago prefers heat and drought but they continue|
to bloom nonetheless.
Excuse that interruption. Between the HG and the furry-tailed rodent attenpting to finagle his way into the birdfeeders, I'm not making much headway on this Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day post. At least the HG isn't as bad as the garden fairies who periodically commandeer GBBD hostess Carol's blog at May Dreams Gardens (because they are garden fairies and they will have their say).
I always feel a vague sense of guilt this time of year for having so danged many blooms when others are lamenting their lack thereof. Much as I'd like to take credit, I think my corner of Katy is a sweet spot when it comes to cold weather. Why else would tropical plants like Bauhinias still be blooming? Both B. mexicana and B. yunnanensis are hanging in there valiantly, protected as they are by the back fence. Out on the corner, though, the Tina Turner Bauhinia (B. galpinii), took a hit during one of the light freezes and blooms no longer. No worries, she'll be fine.
|Cuphea x ignea|
|We've had enough rain lately that Souvenir's blooms do NOT look anything like|
this beauty. I adore them nonetheless.
In addition to Rosa 'Souvenir de la Malmaison' pictured above, a number of other roses are still blooming, albeit not prolifically. Those include Souvenir de la Malmaison, La Marne, Belinda's Dream, Caldwell Pink, Bon Silene, Ducher, Mutabilis, Chi Long Han Zhu, Highway 290 Pink Buttons/Rouletii, Mrs. Dudley Cross and Moby Dick, a white Storybook Rose I brought home from a GWA meeting.
|Pink Skullcap (Scuttellaria suffrutescens)|
|A snow-dusted coneflower in 2009|