Saturday, October 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, October 2016: A Tale of Two Salvias

The Head Gardener and I have been busy since last we blogged ... Day-um, has it really been 5 months??!!  There's been a lot going on, both in and out of the gardens.  More on that later.  Right now it's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, hosted by my pal Carol of May Dreams Gardens, and it's time to show off what's blooming in our gardens.  I was all fired up to get pictures of bauhinias, plumbago, echinaceas, cupheas, rudbeckias, asclepias, caesalpinia, aloes, russellia, calylophus, melampodium, cordia, justicias, stachys, anisacanthus, tradescantias, zinnias, and more.

But just as I headed outside to get some photos of my best blooms for y'all, it started raining and I only had time to get a couple of shots.  So October 2016's GBBD is a tale of two salvias, Mystic Spires and Amistad.  

Salvia Mystic Spires*
 It was my understanding that Mystic Spires would be a smaller, more compact version of Indigo Spires.  Looking at this example, perhaps you are inclined to agree.  Think again, my friends: this is one plant, after being cut back approximately 4 times this summer, most recently a few days ago. The bumblebees love the blooms and that is why I am loath to whack it back to bare stems.  

Salvia Amistad
Salvia Amistad, I expected to get this big.  The blooms are such a gorgeous deep rich purple, I just want to wrap myself in their color. It wouldn't be a good idea, though, since the hummingbirds would doubtless fight me for them.  This has been the site of frequent and spirited hummingbird battles throughout the summer.  No matter how tired I am of hot summer weather, my spirits are always lifted when I see the hummingbirds dive bombing each other above this plant.

That's it for this Bloom Day. Take a look at the Mr. Linky list on Carol's post and see what's blooming in other gardens around the world.

* Please ignore the scattered rocks, portions of black plastic pots and outdoor cushions visible in this picture. The Head Gardener is furiously rethinking the back garden and every day finds something else rearranged. The woman wears me out.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

May 2016 Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: It's All About the Daylilies!

This Bloom Day,  it's all about the daylilies here on my corner of Katy!   It's also an occasion for the Head Gardener to lament my inability to properly label my daylilies when I plant them or move them, thereby leading to our inability to identify many of them by name. Please feel free to let us know if you recognize any of them!  

I am a sore disappointment to the HG but she remains hopeful that I will work to overcome this unfortunate flaw in my character and that someday all of the daylilies here at Wit's End will be properly identified.  But until that day, any blog posts on the subject of Hemerocallis will be sadly remiss in the identification area. While the HG puts on her big girl panties and deals with it, on with the show! CARPE HEMEROCALLIS!   FYI: It's been raining since Saturday so the blooms are a bit soggy. 

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is celebrated on the 15th of every month and is hosted by the intrepid Indygardener, who blogs at May Dreams Gardens.  Check out what's blooming in her garden and gardens around the world!

Monday, February 15, 2016

February 2016: Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

ACK! It's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and I didn't get any pictures taken! I have a good excuse ... I'm getting ready to head to Seattle tomorrow to meet up with a few of my favorite gardeners and bloggers at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.  I've heard about the wonders of this show for years but it's my first time to attend ... yeah, I'm a little excited! 

I do have blooms here on my corner of Katy so I thought I'd post a list of what's blooming. I won't say it's all blooming profusely but thanks to our mild winter, many plants have never stopped blooming.   When I get back from Seattle, I'll have to go into tough love mode and start cutting back remorselessly!

The List:
Salvia 'Amistad'
Salvia 'Cherry Chief'
Salvia 'Mystic Spires'
Salvia regla
Salvia madrensis
Sweet olive, Osmanthus fragrans
Camellia 'High Fragrance'
Walter's Viburnum
Pink skullcap
Violas: Johnny Jump Up, Penny White, Sorbet Purple
Leucojum, Summer Snowflake
Mexican Flame Vine, Senecio confusus
Toad lily, Tricyrtis (a few confused plants)
Freesia laxa/Anometheca laxa/Lapeirousia laxa, Painted Petals
Roses: Souvenir de la Malmaison, Old Blush, Mutabilis, Souvenir de St Anne, Caldwell Pink, Peggy Martin, Bon Silene, Chi Long Han Zhu
Giant aloe/candelabra aloe
Polygonum 'Pink Buttons' (it's the Schrodinger's Cat of plants here, both dead and alive at the same time thanks to a couple of dips into the low 30s)
Giant Firespike, Odontonema strictum 
Clerodendrum thomsoniae var. delectum
Hirome Cherry (just starting)
Rising Sun Redbud (just starting)
Gaillardia, Indian Blanket
Evening sundrops/dewdrops, Calylophus drummondii
Blackfoot daisy
Pink muhly grass

There may be more but it's late and I've got to get up early tomorrow!  Read other Bloom Day accounts at that Indy gardener's blog.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Three for Thursday: Signs of Spring on My Corner of Katy!

Spring has come to south central Texas and I've lost count of how many near perfect days we've had since the last week of January.  Those of you who are housebound due to snow and ice are more than welcome to come on down here and visit me. I can promise you some quality gardening time!

'Rising Sun' redbud is getting ready for its big show.

The cooler weather means a deeper purple bloom on the spiderwort.

Our state flower is making an early appearance.

This weather, right here, right now, is what makes me and so many other Texans willing to suffer through our sizzling summers. 
The evils of August seem very far away.

Friday, January 15, 2016

January 2016 Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: In the Pink on My Corner of Katy

Echinacea with my Happy Pill from the Toronto Fling

Peggy Martin Rose

Rose 'Mutabilis'

Echinaceas with visitor

Scutellaria 'Fuchsia Fountains'

Rose 'Old Blush'

Rose 'Bon Silene'

Rose 'Belinda's Dream'

Rose 'Souvenir de la Malmaison'

Upright hot pink Pentas

Amazon Neon Dianthus

Sweet Pea 'Painted Lady'

Pink Firespike, Odontonema stricta
Thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting Bloom Day each month!