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
Spiderwort
Echinacea
Alyssum
Pink skullcap
Lobelia
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
Narcissus
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
Pigeonberry
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
Bulbine
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.