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Welcome! As "Annie in Austin" I blog about gardening in Austin, TX with occasional looks back at our former gardens in Illinois. My husband Philo & I also make videos - some use garden images as background for my original songs, some capture Austin events & sometimes we share videos of birds in our garden. Come talk about gardens, movies, music, genealogy and Austin at the Transplantable Rose and listen to my original songs on YouTube. For an overview read Three Gardens, Twenty Years. Unless noted, these words and photos are my copyrighted work.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Overnight Oatmeal Macaroons


Years ago I found the original recipe in Peg Bracken's "I Hate to Cook Book" and it became a family staple. It wasn't always a cookie that I made for Christmas (I make a lot of cookies to give and ship to family and friends every year) but in recent years the need for some non-dairy, gluten free recipes led me to experiment with Peg's recipe. Everyone liked this version used in December so I thought I would share with you. The cookies are at the top right of this cookie photo.




No flour/No dairy Overnight Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Macaroons

Inspired by Peg Bracken’s 1960 recipe, developed by Annie in Austin 2014-2015

Oven 325F
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper

Two days before, mix together:

4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup turbinado-type sugar - if you like sweeter cookies add more.
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup avocado oil

Cover mixture with plastic wrap, pressing it onto surface of mixture to seal out air.
Store in refrigerator at least 48 hours. If you think of it, take out after a day, mix it around with a fork then recover and replace in refrigerator.

Take out bowl, use mixer on medium speed to blend in:

3 slightly beaten eggs (I use Davidson pasteurized eggs)
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla
1 package Guittard's dark chocolate chips

Scoop & form cookie dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets leaving space between. Flatten the cookies a little.

Bake at 325 for about 13-16 minutes... take out when edges have begun to turn brown.
Carefully slide entire sheet of parchment onto rack and let cookies completely cool before trying to take them off parchment.

Number of cookies will depend on the size you make them.

Enjoy!
Annie in Austin

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

What's In Bloom February 15th 2015

2015 February BLOOM DAY LIST

The main post for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is at the Transplantable Rose - here's the List.

Buxus, unknown hybrids, Boxwood Don't see flowers but can smell them so there must be few hidden blossoms

Camellia japonica 'Pius IX', rose-red camellia - almost all buds have opened, some dropped - quite spectacular!

Camellia sasanqua 'Shishi Gashira' - couple of faded flowers hanging on

Cercis canadensis var 'Forest Pansy' just swelling and showing tiny glimpse of pink

Citrus x meyeri, Meyer's Improved Lemon, in pot, Lemon in breakfast room has buds, flowers, tiny fruit

Dianthus – ‘Telstar’ hybrids in containers - couple of red flowers, one on patio, one in color garden

Gelsemium sempervirens, Carolina Jessamine -lots of buds and blooms

Hyacinth French Blue, buds with color just starting to rise above base leaves.

Hyacinth 'Woodstock'/ purple fragrant hyacinth - one flower near Ladybanks arch


Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen' Oakleaf hydrangea - can see buds forming

Iris albicans? Simple white, early bearded iris - one bud showing color

Justicia brandegeana, Pink Shrimp plant in Secret Garden - a few battered blossoms

Justicia spicigera/ Mexican Honeysuckle - some light bloom


Kalanchoe blossfeldiana? Florist's Kalanchoe, two plants - light bloom in windowsill

Lantana, unknown varietiety of trailing white- a few flowers on white lantana in a sheltered spot

Loropetalum chinense/ Chinese Witch Hazel, Chinese Fringe Flower, Razzle-Dazzle one plant showing some flowers

Mahonia, species probably beali, grape holly in front container - a few flowers left - now making berries

Myrica cerifera Southern Wax Myrtle - buds

Narcissus tazetta ‘Grand Primo/ small daffodil, highly recommended for Austin area by Scott Ogden - a few near shed, a lot near veranda steps

Narcissus, unnamed yellow daffodil, in back yaupon bed, in front Butterfly bed and in the parkway - has multiplied and in full bloom. Maybe it's February Gold

Osmanthus fragrans/Sweet olive four shrubs,ALL 4 in bloom


Oxalis crassipes 'Alba' (dotted around and in containers) some flowers

Oxalis regnellii 'Atropurpurea' (dotted around and in containers) scattered flowers

Pelargonium hybrid, 'Fantasia Salmon', zonal geranium in breakfast room window two bud clusters

Rosa banksiae
'Lutea'/ Lady Banks rose - can see tiny buds already formed

Rosmarinus 'Huntington Carpet' dwarf groundcover rosemary - full bloom

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus'
- Prostrate Rosemary w pale blue flowers -  in bloom

Rosemarinus officianalis, upright Rosemary - in bloom

Schlumbergera truncata
, Thanksgiving cactus - biggest one in breakfast room still opening palest pink flowers

Sophora secudiflora SYN Calia secundiflora Texas Mountain Laurel (4 plants) - three of four plants have buds - one in triangle bed has expanded buds, not quite showing color

Spiraea cantoniensis - guessing name for long-leaved Bridal Wreath spiraeas - can see tiny buds on the shrub at back fence

Tetraneuris scaposa, four nerve daisy Hymenoxys, a couple of flowers plus buds

Sunday, April 27, 2014

APRIL 25-27, 2014 WHAT'S IN BLOOM




This post, April 25-27, 2014 What's In Bloom, was written by me, Annie in Austin for my Annie's Addendum blog.


APRIL 25-27, 2014 WHAT'S IN BLOOM

I started this list on Friday and it's now Sunday night. The high temperature in my garden today was 94F, so some flowers that were perfect on Friday are not so perfect today. Just about everything on the list was still in bloom Saturday the 26th. The photos were taken over the past week or so. As always, the botanical names are my best attempts at accuracy.

Abelia X grandiflora unknown variety, one medium-sized pink shrub.

Abelia X grandiflora 'Edward Goucher' smaller pink shrub planted.

Abutilon hybridum 'Patrick's', flowering maple, think it's named after Patrick Kirwin. Nothing on the older plant that had been kept in the garage for winter, but there were 2 flowers on recently planted new 'Patrick'.

Acca sellowiana AKA Feijowa sellowiana, Pineapple guava, many buds on Secret Garden plant, none on plant in patio container

Allium cepa - garden onions that have been allowed to make flowers and perennialize.

Anemone heterophylla 10-petalled anemone, thimbleweed, most gone to seed in heat

Angelonia angustifolia, Angelonia several plants of this tough annual, 'Serena Blue' and 'Serena White'

Aquilegia canadensis - couple of small flowers

Aquilegia chrysantha Yellow columbine - last couple of flowers

Asclepias curassavica, tropical milkweed - two plants with just-opened flowers

Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Yellow' cultivar of tropical milkweed - one plant with just-opened flowers

Calibrachoa hybrids, annual plants in hanging baskets and pots, including 'Grape Punch', 'Pomegranate Punch', 'Compact Orange', 'Cabaret Blue' and 'Double Purple' . This is 'Grape Punch' and 'Pomegranate Punch', bought and planted in early April for the hummingbirds. We had to do something fast! When the tiny flyers returned, the nectar-giving perennials like salvias and justicias had been frozen and were not in bloom.




Calylophus berlandii, Berland's sundrops Native  - new plant has a couple of buds

Capsicum annuum – garden peppers - couple of flowers

Carya illinoinensis, Pecan tree. The pollen is on its way, oh, yes.



Castilleja indivisa, Texas paintbrush, planted as annual, has returned a few times

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides/Hardy Plumbago, AKA Blue Leadwort - one single blue flower

Chrysactinia mexicana, native yellow-flowering Damianita, 3 plants, one very established, one in more shade than ideal, one new, all with flowers

Clematis unknown hybrid, red-purple flowers

Consolida ajacis, Larkspur, annual - dotted around everywhere, mostly lavender blue and blue-violet shades

Coriandrum sativum., cilantro, annual herb

Delosperma cooperi ? Dark magenta-flowered hardy ice plant on herb patio - few flowers

Dianthus – red and white-bloomin hybrids in two containers

Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost' - new plant, bought in bloom

Gladiolus byzantinus - just finished

Graptopetalum paraguayense (Mexican Ghost Plant) succulent in hanging basket

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Vi's Apricot' a few bud stalks visible

Hesperaloe parviflora, Red yucca, native, one bud stalk

Hyacinthoides hispanica, Spanish bluebells - couple of delayed white flowers

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen' Oakleaf hydrangea - opening now

Iris, unknown species from Louisana Iris group has one stalk with a few creamy yellow flowers

Iris siberica, Siberian Iris, blue-violet - a few left 



Iris X germanica hybrid passalong blooms late, a grape-scented blue violet - past peak, a few flowers left

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana? Florist's Kalanchoe, two plants - one has flowers

Leonotis menthifolia?, Lion's Tail just opening flowers

Lobularia maritime, annual Sweet alyssum in containers - looking stressed!

Lonicera sempervirens, native coral honeysuckle, a few flowers,

Lupinus texensis, annual native Bluebonnet, past peak, a few flowers left

Lychnis coronaria, Rose campion full deep rose bloom with silver-grey foliage

Lycopersicon lycopersicum, several plants with flowers

Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' buds

Mahonia, species probably beali, grape holly in front container, past peak, a few flowers left

Melampodium leucanthum / Blackfoot daisy, scattered about with a few flowers, usually annual here

Muscari armeniacum grape hyacinth - a couple just bloomed, weeks after the rest

Nemophila phacelioides native or Nemophilia menziesii from California? Reseeder called Baby Blue Eyes. Many Austin Gardenbloggers know they have N. phacelioides from MSS of Zanthan, but I started with a plant from a local nursery.

Oxalis crassipes 'Alba' (dotted around and in containers) (PHOTO)




Oxalis regnellii 'Atropurpurea' (dotted around and in containers)

Papaver unk species of annual poppies, past peak, a few flowers left

Pelargonium hybrid, 'Fantasia Salmon', zonal geranium in breakfast room window

Penstemon tenuis, Gulf coast penstemon, short-lived, reseeding perennial, now in 3 places

Philadelphus coronarius, scented Mock orange a few buds

Philadelphus inodorus,  English Dogwood/Scentless Mock orange



Phlox subulata/Creeping phlox in lavender blue

Photinia x fraseri - red tip photinia fading flowers

Rosa banksiae 'Lutea'/ Lady Banks rose just about done

Rosa 'Belinda's Dream', Pink shrub rose - full bloom 



Rosa ‘Champagne’ mini rose, delicate pink , two plants, many flowers

Rosa 'Climbing Iceberg', white floribunda - looking pretty good on arch

Rosa floribunda  ‘Julia Child’,  butter-yellow rose, two shrubs, best bloom ever

Rosa 'Mutabilis' (two good-sized plants, one in container, one inground) covered

Rosa 'Red Cascade', mini-climber bought in spring 2010, many buds, maybe 50 flowers at one time

Rosa, unknown climber, dark red - handful of flowers

Rosa, unknown variety/ tall pink climber near gate - may be 'Climbing Pink Peace' past peak, still a dozen blooms 7 buds left

Rosa /unnamed apricot mini-rose very nice bloom, has grown taller

Rosa - unnamed orange mini-rose came with house - dozens of flowers!

Salvia farinacea, reseeding Mealy Blue sage, wandlike flowers in a few beds

Salvia greggii 'Navajo White', creamy white flowers in two places

Salvia greggii 'Purple', an orchid purple color - one plant opened its flowers

Salvia greggii, unnamed variety of cherry red in parkway

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'  3 plants recovering from freezes - 2 flowers

Salvia roemeriana /Cedar sage, native, two very small plants have made red flowers in shade

Scutellaria wrightii?  four blue skullcaps: one in parkway, one in front bed, two in new corner bed all with some bloom

Sedum, little varieties with white flowers, scattered about

Sisyrinchium unk species, Blue-eyed grass - tiny iris relative, two plants, past peak, some flowers left

Tetraneuris scaposa,  four nerve daisy Hymenoxys, 3 plants with flowers

Teucrium fruticans Silver Bush germander

Thymus citriodorus Lemon thyme

Trachaelospermum jasminoides, Star Jasmine, Confederate Jasmine, evergreen vine with white, fragrant flowers. Had four vines- all hit hard by ice and

freeze. One may be dead, 3 are now 12 inches tall instead of 8 or 12-ft tall. One near veranda steps shows a few buds.

Tradescantia unknown species, probably native.  A purple spiderwort just appeared this spring and is in bloom.



Viola spp– annuals, various hybrids of Pansies and violas in patio containers and in hanging baskets on the veranda.

This post, April 25-27, 2014 What's In Bloom, was written by me, Annie in Austin for my Annie's Addendum blog.


Saturday, February 15, 2014

GBBD LIST for February, 2014

This post, GBBD LIST for February, 2014, was written by Annie in Austin for her Annie's Addendum blog. 

I just wrote a post about trees for my main blog The Transplantable Rose, so I decided to do a Garden Bloggers Bloom Day list for the Addendum. The weather has been colder than usual here. It's no big deal compared to the deep cold and deep snows in other parts of the USA, but it's cold for the plants that grow here in Austin.
Plants that were in bloom a year ago are brown sticks now - I hope some of them will come back from the roots but know there will be blank spaces in the borders this spring!

Here are my best tries at the slippery botanical names for what is in bloom now. Everything on this list was observed in bloom or bud on February 14th.

*Buxus unknown species/Boxwood. There are buds ready to open on two boxwoods in the back yard

*Camellia japonica 'Pius IX', rose-red camellia - some freeze damage but quite a few flowers this year.


*Camellia sasanqua 'Shishi Gashira' / a Rose Pink Camellia that bloomed weeks ago, but a few faded flowers are still hanging on to the interior

*Citrus x meyeri, Meyer's Improved Lemon in container - many flowers and buds in the breakfast room


*Gelsemium sempervirens , Carolina Jessamine, a native, evergreen vine covered in buds just starting to show yellow color

*Hyacinth 'Woodstock'/ purple fragrant hyacinth  3 small flowers near the patio arch

*Ilex cornuta Chinese holly - buds showing on one tree-form holly

*Lobularia maritima, sweet alyssum, in a hanging basket

*Loropetalum chinense/ Chinese Witch Hazel, Chinese Fringe Flower - the taller plant began opening more flowers after an earlier crop of blooms was frozen

*Mahonia, species unsure, probably M. beali, A Grape holly blooming in a front container. A bee flew away before I could snap the photo



*Narcissus tazetta ‘Grand Primo/ small daffodil, highly recommended for Austin area by Scott Ogden. This one is blooming near the front steps; another clump near the back fence is showing bud stalks.


*Narcissus ?, an unnamed yellow daffodil that came with the house. The bulbs were dug up and replanted in different places as the garden grew and changed. In the photo below, some are blooming in a back border. More bulbs of this daffodil are blooming in the front parkway.



*Osmanthus fragrans/Sweet olive AKA Tea olive. I have four of them and two are opening buds right now.

*Pelargonium hybrid, 'Fantasia Salmon', zonal geranium in breakfast room window a few florets

*Phlox subulata/Creeping phlox in lavender blue - one solitary flower under the big pecan

*Rosemarinus officianalis, upright Rosemary in a hypertufa container, with a sprinkling of small white flowers

*Rosmarinus 'Huntington Carpet' dwarf groundcover Rosemary - 1 plant in parkway covered in blue flowers

*Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus' - Prostrate Rosemary with many pale blue flowers in a hypertufa trough

*Tecoma capensis Cape honeysuckle, in a big pot. This is a tender perennial brought inside for winter. The garage windows let in some light so it has opened a couple of flowers in the garage


*Tetraneuris scaposa,  Four nerve Daisy AKA Hymenoxys, a few flowers on plants in two different beds. Plants in patio bed do not look good.

*Viola something or other– unnamed annual hybrids of Pansies in containers and hanging veranda baskets .



 The basket of pansies embodies my ambivalent feelings when it comes to losing plants to harsh weather. On the one hand, I really liked the Asparagus ferns that grew in the baskets hanging along the veranda. They'd made it through a couple of winters and grown enormous.
On the other hand, when an evergreen plant lives for years and years, things can get boring.
There were no tears when it was time to say Goodbye, Fern! Hello, Pansy!

To see what other gardeners have written about what's blooming today, go to the Garden Blogger Bloom Day post by Carol of May Dreams Garden.

 This post, GBBD LIST for February, 2014, was written by Annie in Austin for her Annie's Addendum blog. 







Tuesday, July 16, 2013

GBBD List for July, 2013

The list is a day late - July 16, 2013. These are my (Annie in Austin's) best tries at the complete list with correct botanical names of what was in bloom and bud in my garden today.

BLOOM DAY LIST for July 16, 2013


Abelia x grandiflora (guessing on species) Four Abelia shrubs have at least a few flowers

Abelia x grandiflora unknown variety, one medium-sized pink shrub planted by us, some flowers

Abelia x grandiflora 'Edward Goucher' smaller pink shrub planted by us, some flowers

Abutilon hybridum, unnamed Pink, flowering maple, buds only

Amarcrinum ‘Fred Howard’ (xAmarcrinum 'Fred Howard'), two plants in bloom, each with 2 stalks

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii, super-tough, native Flame acanthus, 3 plants in full bloom (1 plant from Pam/Digging blooming lighter orange; 2 new plants added Nov 2011 blooming darker red-orange color)



Asclepias curassavica, tropical milkweed in different beds, all in bloom 

Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Gold' gold cultivar of tropical milkweed, blooming well

Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Deep Red' cultivar of tropical milkweed, a few flowers

Bauhinia forficata(?) Orchid tree, Pate de Vaca, buds now visible

Buddleja lindleyana/ Weeping butterfly bush, a few flowers

Calibrachoa hybrids, different colors of this annual flower, in hanging baskets and containers, in bloom

Callisia fragrans, Grandfather's Pipe or Basket Plant, frost tender, blooming in hanging basket under loquat tree

Capsicum annuum, garden peppers, couple of flowers

Capsicum annuum, native/wild bird peppers, not sure of name - many many kinds including Chile pequin, petine, a few berries & scattering of flower buds

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides/Hardy Plumbago, AKA Blue Leadwort, one little flower

Clerodendrum ugandense, Blue butterfly flower. Buds have formed on the plant in the triangle garden
(Royal Horticultural Society says it's Clerodendrum myricoides 'Ugandense', nicknamed Blue Cat's Whiskers; Pam/Digging & Dave's Garden calls it Rotheca myricoides 'Ugandense'),

Conoclinium greggii, native Gregg’s Mistflower - a few flowers in front butterfly bed

Coreopsis 'Crème Brulee', selection of native Coreopsis one surviving patch

Cosmos sulphureus, reseeding annual - some orange flowers but bedraggled looking

Crocosmia, unidentified species, may be ‘Lucifer’. Flowering bulb related to iris. Still has some orange flowers - was fabulous a couple of weeks ago

Cuphea 'David Verity', orange Cigar flower, a couple of flowers

Cuphea llavea – small pink & lavender form, possibly 'Twinkle Pink' , blooming nicely

Cuphea llavea –red & purple ‘Batfaced’ - excellent right now



Cuphea llavea 'Georgia Scarlet', red-orange & purple flowers, a few flowers

Datura inoxia(?) reseeding annual Angel's Trumpet, a couple of plants. One was in bloom yesterday,  only buds today

Delosperma cooperi? Ice plant on herb patio - two purple flowers

Dianthus – red ‘Telstar’ hybrids in glazed container

Dianthus, annual, red and white in container

Dicliptera suberecta, Uraguayan firecracker plant also called Mexican Hummingbird plant, buds and blooms in patio trough

Echinacea purpurea, reseeded native Purple Coneflower - a few flowers

Echinacea purpurea 'Bravado', selection of native purple coneflower - fading flowers

Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost', nice little plant dotted with flowers

Helianthus, unknown, gigantic, annual, probably native sunflowers - the stalks and flower heads have been repeatedly pillaged and shredded by the squirrels, but they missed a couple of flowers

Hemerocallis citrina - evening blooming pale yellow daylily has already went through main bloom cycle, but has put up another stalk with developing buds

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Devonshire', from Austin Daylily Society - the buds shown in the GBBD post are open today!

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Pinochio', small daylily now entering second bloom cycle, two stalks with buds

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Vi's Apricot', small daylily just finishing second bloom cycle, 2 flowers open and that will be it for awhile

Hibiscus syriacus/Rose of Sharon, althea, a few flowers - had been many more last month

Justicia spicigera/ Mexican Honeysuckle- a few orange flowers




 
Lagerstroemia indica, hot pink crepe myrtles, 3 of the 6 trees have flowers- rest just have leaves

Lagerstroemia x hybrida ‘Acoma’ white crepe myrtles, both trees have some flowers with many developing seed pods

Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba', 2 crepe myrtle trees, either side of arch, reddish-purple flowers planted 2010 & 2011, OK bloom

Lagerstroemia (indica x fauriei) 'Muskogee' crepe myrtle planted November 2011. This young tree is blooming, but the flowers still don't look like 'Muskogee' to me.

Lagerstroemia x fauriei 'Zuni', hybid crepe myrtle, new spring 2011, flowers and buds

Lavandula intermedia 'Provence', lavender, one remaining wand

Leucophyllum frutescens, native Texas sage AKA Barometer bush AKA Cenizo – one shrub in bloom

Liriope muscari/Lilyturf, groundcover, some are blooming in shade of pecan

Lobularia maritime, annual Sweet alyssum, hanging on in a hanging basket on the patio

Lycopersicon lycopersicum, tomatoes - see flowers on one wild one that seeded next to the patio



Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii, native Red Wax Mallow AKA Turkscap, large plants in three beds, all in bloom

Melampodium leucanthum, native Blackfoot daisy, in 3 different beds, straggly but have flowers

Melissa officianalis, lemon balm - tiny white flowers on one plant

Monarda fistulosa x bartlettii 'Peter's Purple', this hybrid of native Monarda fistulosa and Mexican Monarda bartlettii was fabulous  - deadheaded and a few more flowers appeared. Not sure how far back to cut it.

Ocimum basilicum, Basil - both the large leaf & the Spicy Globe are going to flower

Oxalis crassipes 'Alba' couple of stray flowers

Oxalis regnellii 'Atropurpurea' couple of stray flowers

Pelargonium grossularioides, coconut-scented geranium - maybe buds 

Pelargonium hybrid, 'Fantasia Salmon', zonal geranium in breakfast room window - in flower

Perovskia atriplicifolia, Russian Sage, two beds in big bloom

Petunia annual, dark blue-violet in patio container still blooming

Phlox paniculata 'John Fanick' - bought spring 2010, two flower heads in bloom 

Piper auritum/Hoja Santa or Rootbeer Plant , one surviving plant is displaying its odd, elongated white flowers.

Plumbago auriculata , two shrubs on either side of back door - full bloom

Plumeria unknown species/Frangipani, creamy yellow - looks like a bud developing, Yay!

Poliomintha bustamanta, Mexican oregano, all 3 plants have been in bloom but they're not pretty today with soggy purple flowers & soggy spent browned flowers glued by rain all over the plants.

Portulaca - reseeding annual Moss Roses and Flowering Purslanes in several beds & blooming in different colors

Rosa 'Flawless' - pair of pink mini-roses in container from VDBD spring 2011, one stem in bloom

Rosa 'Red Cascade', mini-climber bought in spring 2010, blooming on the patio

Russelia equisetiformis, Firecracker plant - looking good!

Salvia coccinea, red Hummingbird sage blooming in a few beds

Salvia coccinea, white Hummingbird sage blooming in a few beds

Salvia coccinea ‘Coral Nymph’, coral pink Hummingbird sage, blooming in a few beds

Salvia farinacea, reseeding Mealy Blue sage, wandlike flowers keep on coming but some of the plant stems are spindly

Salvia greggii 'Lavender & White', two plants, one in bloom, one "resting"

Salvia greggii 'Navajo White', full bloom

Salvia greggii 'Purple', many flowers in an orchid purple color

Salvia greggii 'Salmon', a few flowers, deep salmon

Salvia greggii, unnamed varieties, several plants. Right now a few there are a few flowers open in different beds, rose red, cherry red & deep red along with some cream-colored flowers 

Salvia guaranitica, Majestic blue sage, blooming in 2 beds

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue', blooming in one of two beds

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'  3 plants, only one has flowers right now

Salvia regla, Mountain sage - native, two shrubby plants in a raised bed, in the shade of the pecan. This one just started opening flowers - maybe the hummingbirds will find it.


Salvia sinaloensis, Bicolor sage - you just missed it! Some of the bracts are hanging on.

Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’/Dwarf Blue Cushionflower - a few flowers, steady bloomer

Scutellaria suffrutescens, pink skullcap, two plants some bloom

Scutellaria suffrutescens alba? - label says white skullcap, in bloom

Scutellaria wrightii?  blue skullcap one in parkway, one in front bed, both look kind of beat up but they're still blooming

Talinum paniculatum variegatum? Variegated Jewels of Opar - a new plant in a patio trough. It's putting out a flower stem right now.

Tetraneuris scaposa,  four nerve daisy Hymenoxys, 2 of 3 plants have flowers

Tradescantia geniculata, white-flowering groundcover - might be buds - not sure

Vitex agnus-castus / Chaste tree, Monk's Pepper, still has flowers but needs to be deadheaded so it will keep blooming.



This list by Annie in Austin is a companion for my July 2013 Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post at the The Transplantable Rose .



Thursday, May 16, 2013

GBBD List for May 2013


Carol of May Dreams Gardens runs an online gathering of bloom reports on the 15th of every month. I'm working on a post for The Transplantable Rose, but here at Annie's Addendum, I like to keep complete-as-possible lists of what's in bloom. For May 15, 2013, here is the list, with my best guesses at the correct botanical names:

Abelia, guessing Abelia X grandiflora / Two of our four white-flowering shrubs are in bloom with the other two just forming buds. They are lightly fragrant.

Abelia X grandiflora 'Edward Goucher', just a tiny plant just a few years ago, now has grown to be a medium-sized pink-flowering, fragrant shrub

Abelia X grandiflora unknown variety, one medium-large pink-flowering, fragrant shrub.

Abutilon hybridum 'Marilyn's Choice' - still holding a few flowers after main bloom in April

Allium cepa - garden onions just hanging around

Asclepias curassavica, tropical milkweed - several clumps, all in bloom. This plant is not always hardy in Austin - acting like an annual and dying in a cold winter - but this winter was mild so it has been in bloom for quite a while. I've allowed it to seed around because it is a host plant for Monarch butterflies, but no monarch caterpillars have shown up so far.


Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Yellow' cultivar of tropical milkweed - new plant, in bloom

Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Deep Red' cultivar of tropical milkweed - new plant, in bloom

Asparagus densiflorus - asparagus ferns in hanging baskets - there are pale pink buds on one of them

Calibrachoa hybrids, annuals in hanging containers- many dark purple flowers

Callisia fragrans, Grandfather's Pipe or Basket Plant, frost tender, blooming in a hanging basket

Capsicum annuum – garden peppers - some blooms and a few small fruit

Castilleja indivisa, Texas paintbrush, a couple of lingering orange flowers

Chrysactinia mexicana, native yellow-flowering Damianita - one of two plants in bloom

Chrysanthemem maximum, Shasta daisies - just opened a few flowers

Clematis unknown hybrid, purple flowers - main bloom over, still has half-a-dozen flowers

Clerodendrum ugandense AKA Clerodendrum myricoides 'Ugandense' AKA Rotheca myricoides 'Ugandense'. Blue Butterfly Clerodenron, first flowers opened

Conoclinium greggii, Gregg’s Mistflower - spreading purple native mistflower, just beginning bloom 

Consolida ajacis, Larkspur, annual allowed to seed all over garden; mostly violet-blue, only one pink plant this year

Coriandrum sativum., cilantro, annual herb - left some plants gone to flower so they can reseed. Ladybug larvae like them.

Cosmos sulphureus, reseeding annual - began to open flowers past few days

Cuphea 'David Verity', bought a few weeks ago, orange Cigar flower,

Cuphea llavea – small pink and lavender form

Cuphea llavea –red & purple ‘Batfaced’- only buds

Cuphea llavea 'Georgia Scarlet', red-orange & purple flowers - only buds

Delosperma cooperi ? Dark magenta-flowered hardy ice plant on herb patio, nice flowers

Dianthus, unknown varieties, several containers - red, white and white with a rose eye

Dietes bicolor, African Iris, butterfly iris - one bloom stalk

Echinacea purpurea, Purple Coneflower - couple of buds

Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost', planted a few years ago, didn't notice it in 2012 but a very small plant has reappeared and has a few flowers

Feijoa sellowiana / Pineapple guava, two shrubs in full gaudy bloom (Edited May 19, 2013. At the time I bought these plants, most references to Pineapple guava gave the name as Feijoa sellowiana, but now I've read that a more correct name may be Acca sellowiana)

Gaura lindheimeri- original named plants dead but they left seedlings behind. One seedling has buds, aphids and ladybugs

Hemerocallis citrina - buds on a couple of stalks

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Best of Friends' from Pam/Digging - many, many buds on one plant.

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Devonshire', bought at Austin Daylily Society sale. No flowers but has buds

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Pinochio', brought from my former Illinois garden, has buds

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Prairie Blue Eyes', buds

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Vi's Apricot' - flowers and buds on several plants

Hemerocallis fulva – Ditch daylily from Gardener of Good and Evil - buds and a couple of flowers

Hibiscus syriacus/Rose of Sharon - buds

Hippeastrum hybrid/ ‘Red Dragon’ amaryllis - full bloom

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen' Oakleaf hydrangea - blooming for awhile

Hydrangea X 'Sweet Carol', Bliss series of marcrophylla/serrata crosses - buds

Iris X germanica passalong from Rock Rose via Lucinda Hutson - one bud

Justicia brandegeana, Shrimp plant in Secret Garden - couple of flowers

Justicia spicigera/ Mexican Honeysuckle - still has some bloom

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana? Florist's Kalanchoe, two plants with bud stalks, mostly done but still showing color

Lantana, unknown varieties upright lavender and trailing white - both in bloom

Lavandula angustifolia, English lavender - wands with buds in patio container

Lilium unknown - one bud. This is probably a bloomed-out Easter Lily that I stuck in a flower bed in 2005

Lobularia maritime, Sweet alyssum - hanging on but heat will get it

Lonicera sempervirens, coral honeysuckle - couple of flowers

Lycopersicon lycopersicum, tomatoes - flowers and some small, green fruit

Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' - has opened a few flowers

Melampodium leucanthum / Blackfoot daisy; a couple of plants alive and in bloom

Myrtus communis nana/ dwarf Greek myrtle - scattered creamy flowers on fragrant shrub

Nerium oleander/ double yellow oleander (probably it is 'Mathilde Ferrier' ). This plant has had some problems in the last couple of years, but looks very pretty right now

Ocimum basilicum, Basil - plants in pots trying to bolt

Origanum majorana, Sweet marjoram

Osmanthus fragrans/Sweet olive - two of four shrubs still have a few lingering flowers

Oxalis regnellii 'Atropurpurea' (dotted around and in containers), many in bloom

Papaver unknown species  of annual poppies, many reseeded. Only one open flower today

Pelargonium hybrids– bedding geranium, red-flowered, blooming in front hypertufa

Pelargonium grossularioides, coconut-scented geranium, few airy flowers

Pelargonium hybrid, 'Fantasia Salmon', zonal geranium in breakfast room window - one cluster of flowers

Penstemen tenuis, Gulf coast penstemon - mostly gone to seed, just a few flowers left

Perovskia atriplicifolia, Russian Sage (in three beds) just beginning to flower

Petunia annual - purple in patio container

Phlox subulata/Creeping phlox in lavender blue - a little bloom left

Phlox subulata/Creeping phlox in magenta pink - almost done

Plumbago auriculata (two shrubs) just got going in past week - pale blue flowers

Poliomintha bustamanta, Mexican oregano (3 plants) just getting into flowering swing

Punica granatum, pomegranate - might be 'Wonderful' (secret garden) couple of flowers

Punica granatum 'Nana'/ dwarf pomegranates, two plants in containers - nonstop buds, flowers, fruit. Unfortunately fruit tastes pretty awful

Rosa 'Belinda's Dream', Pink shrub rose- just finished big bloom cycle - couple of flowers left

Rosa ‘Champagne’ mini rose, delicate pink , two plants just past peak bloom

Rosa floribunda  ‘Julia Child’,  butter-yellow rose, just finished big bloom cycle - couple of buds left

Rosa 'Mutabilis' (two good-sized plants, one in container, one in ground) have looked fabulous for months

Rosa 'Red Cascade', mini-climber - many flowers but beat-up by rain

Rosa, unknown variety/ tall pink climber near gate - last flower open now

Rosa /unnamed apricot mini-rose from DD- one flower left

Rosa - unnamed orange mini-rose came with house - mid-cycle now after a very good spring


Russelia equisetiformis, Firecracker plant - couple of plants with flowers

Salvia coccinea, Hummingbird sage, These plants act like annuals much of the time, sometimes are quite perennial, and the seedlings vary a great deal. I started with one plant of red and one of the 'Coral Nymph'. After a couple of years some white plants appeared near the patio. More and more shades of red, white, orange, coral and pink keep appearing and I've let them grow all over the garden. When a dark coral plant popped up near the birdbaths, I transplanted it near the coral mini-rose and let it reseed.

Salvia coccinea ‘Coral Nymph’, coral pink Hummingbird sage

Salvia elegans/Pineapple sage 2 plants survived winter and have not stopped blooming

Salvia farinacea, Mealy Blue sage, reseeded all over and has many wandlike flowers

Salvia greggii, many plants including 'Navajo White', cream, deep rose, true red, cherry red, lavender pink and Orchid-purple - most in full bloom

Salvia guaranitica, Majestic blue sage

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' - 3 plants, light bloom

Salvia X 'Nuevo Leon' , one of two plants has small violet flowers

Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’/Dwarf Blue Cushionflower,

Scutellaria ovata, Heartleaf skullcap - several plants forming buds but no blooms yet

Scutellaria suffrutescens, pink skullcap, two plants dependable pink bloomer

Scutellaria suffrutescens alba? - label says white skullcap - just starting

Scutellaria unlabeled soft pink skullcap in parkway, just starting

Scutellaria wrightii?  blue skullcap one in parkway, one in front bed , blooming for months

Sedum, little varieties with white flowers ... ternatum?

Sisyrinchium unk species, Blue-eyed grass - tiny iris relative- has been in bloom for weeks

Spiraea X vanhouteii, guessing name for rounder-leaved spiraeas - couple of stray flowers left

Tetraneuris scaposa,  four nerve daisy Hymenoxys, 3 plants - have flowers most of the year

Teucrium fruticans Silver Bush germander - bloom just ending

Trachaelospermum jasminoides, Star Jasmine, Confederate Jasmine, evergreen vine with white, fragrant flowers. Four vines, on veranda, side fence, trellis and shed, all in bloom

Tradescantia geniculata, groundcover - full, white, airy bloom

Tradescantia pallida, syn Setcresea pallida/ Purple Heart, many lavender flowers;

Verbena bonariensis – reseeder - popped flowers in a couple of borders

Viola spp– various hybrids of Pansies and violas in containers and hanging baskets still in flower but will not last when heat hits

Vitex agnus-castus / Chaste tree - seems to be forming buds

Zephyranthes drumondii AKA Cooperia pedunculata Cooper's Rainlily - flowers opened in rain this morning

This post was written by Annie in Austin for her Annie's Addendum blog. 





Wednesday, January 16, 2013

GBBD List for January 2013


This is the list for January Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, started by May Dreams Carol in 2007. I hope there will soon be a post for January 2013 GBBD on my main blog, The Transplantable Rose 


Even after repeated freezes with a couple of overnight dips into the 20's F range, some plants are still blooming outside:

Camellia japonica 'Pius IX', rose-red camellia - a few flowers and a dozen buds





Camellia japonica
'Morning Glow' double white camellia - one open flower, some buds frozen off

Justicia brandegeana, Shrimp plant in Secret Garden, flowers still there but color is darker after being cold

Justicia spicigera/ Mexican Honeysuckle Still has flowers but leaves paler

Mahonia, species probably bealei, grape holly, budding in front container. It was cold out so I took this terrible photo by leaning over the rail of the veranda. If the flowers last until February GBBD I'll try again.

 


Origanum majorana
, Sweet marjoram - not sure if they are flowers or developing seed pods but something is going on!

Osmanthus fragrans/Sweet olive four shrubs, three in the ground, one in container, still had flowers today

Oxalis crassipes 'Alba' blooming in Secret Garden in protected spot

Punica granatum 'Nana'/ dwarf pomegranate, plant in Secret Garden container has a couple of buds

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus' - Prostrate Rosemary, lightly blooming pale blue flowers

Rosemarinus officianalis, upright Rosemary light bloom

Salvia elegans/Pineapple sage 2 plants on patio, each with a few flowers

Salvia greggii, one rose-red plant has one flower stalk

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'  plant in Secret Garden still has a few flowers as does the plant by the front steps

Scutellaria indica 'Dorota Blue' Blue evergreen groundcover skullcap, plant in patio container has a few flowers

Viola spp– hybrid Pansies in hanging basket and patio pot still blooming



Blooming inside:

Cyclamen persicum/ florist’s cyclamen hybrids bought in December, looking tired

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana
? Florist's Kalanchoe, two plants started from leaf cuttings a few years ago. Now have bud stalks, just showing color



Kalanchoe daigremontiana
syn. Bryophyllum daigremontianum/ Mother of Thousands, Alligator Plant, buds on plants living outdoors were frozen but plant brought inside is in bloom



Pelargonium hybrid, 'Fantasia Salmon', zonal geranium in breakfast room window, bought February 2006 & still blooms off-and-on

Salvia discolor, Andean Silver Sage, two florets on plant in window

Schlumbergera truncata, Thanksgiving cactus  A plant in the window has a couple of buds. Another just finished and two were duds this year.




Carol has the roundup of GBBD posts at her May Dreams blog.







Thursday, November 15, 2012

GBBD List for November 2012

The Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post for November 15, 2012 is at my main blog, The Transplantable Rose.

Here's a list of what's in bloom in my garden today, with my best try at the botanical names and a few more flower photos.


Abelia, guessing Abelia X grandiflora - several shrubs, should have more flowers but it's too dry

Abutilon hybridum 'Patrick's', think it's named after Patrick Kirwin - one bud on container plant

Ageratina havanensis, syn Eupatorium havanense /Fragrant white mistflower - four plants, many faded flowers but this one still looks good, backed with the tender Van Houteii salvia.








Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii/Flame Acanthus One of three plants still has a few flowers

Antirrhinum majus, Yellow snapdragons One lived over plant is making buds

Asclepias curassavica, tropical milkweed - a few stray flowers and buds

Aster frikartii 'Wonder of Staffa'. Three surviving plants in different borders - some flowers on the plant in the woodland garden

Barleria cristata/Philippine cristata three plants. All three have some flowers

Camellia japonica 'Pius IX', rose-red camellia - budded for the first time in a few years. Not showing petal color as yet

Camellia japonica 'Morning Glow' double white camellia - buds swelling

Camellia sasanqua 'Shishi Gashira' - covered in buds and flowers

Capsicum annuum – garden peppers -still a few flowers but are winding down

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides/Hardy Plumbago, AKA Blue Leadwort - a few stray flowers

Citrus x meyeri, Meyer's Improved Lemon, two trees, on in pot, one in ground - no new buds but a real crop this year! More than 2 dozen lemons

Citrus reticulata 'Miho', Miho Satsuma Orange  - also a crop- 5 oranges

Clematis unknown hybrid, purple flowers - a few flowers



Clerodendrum ugandense – Blue butterfly flower. (Royal Horticultural Society says it's Clerodendrum myricoides 'Ugandense', nicknamed Blue Cat's Whiskers; Pam/Digging & Dave's Garden calls it Rotheca myricoides 'Ugandense'), many, many flowers (see the main post at the Transplantable Rose

Conoclinium greggii, Gregg’s Mistflower - closely related to C. coelestinium, the mistflower I grew in Illinois, but leaves are quite different. Some bloom left but more brown flowers than lavender-blue blooms now.

Cosmos sulphureus, reseeding annual - looking good and making seeds to delight the finches



Cuphea llavea – small pink & lavender form Blooming with the Blue Clerodendron

Cuphea llavea –red & purple ‘Batfaced’- still flowering well

Echinacea purpurea - purple coneflower - a couple of flowers

Eriobotrya japonica, Loquat, Japanese Plum - revving up for the big show

Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost', a few flowers on a surviving plant

Gaura lindheimerii self-seeded plants have a few flowers

Justicia brandegeana, Shrimp plant in Secret Garden - had been languishing but as leaves drop on surrounding trees, standing up and in bloom

Justicia spicigera/ Mexican Honeysuckle - looks great with lots of small orange flowers

Kalanchoe daigremontiana syn. Bryophyllum daigremontianum/ Mother of Thousands, Alligator Plant - making buds just in time to freeze

Lantana, unknown varieties upright lavender and trailing white - growing well, choking other plants and in bloom

Leonotis leonurus, Lion's Tail - finally in bloom



Loropetalum chinense/ Chinese Witch Hazel, Chinese Fringe Flower, Razzle-Dazzle (two plants, one from 2005, one 2009?) I noticed a few flowers last month but so dry now they gave up

Lycopersicon lycopersicum, tomatoes - one plant in a container has a few flowers - and one tiny tomato


Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii/Turkscap or Red Wax Mallow (two plants) no flowers now, but aren't the fruits cool?




Malvaviscus x 'Pam Puryear's Pink'  Pam's Pink Turkscap first flowers in a long time... very late in the year


Melampodium leucanthum / Blackfoot daisy, in several beds, frequently annual - some flowers

Ocimum basilicum, Basil - it's the end of the season so I'm letting them go to flower & seed

Osmanthus fragrans/Sweet olive four shrubs - scattered light, fragrant bloom

Pavonia lasiopetala, pink rock rose - several plants. This one popped up in a new border



Pelargonium hybrids– bedding geraniums - annuals - one red-flowered variety in front container

Perovskia atriplicifolia, Russian Sage Still some flowers, but mostly done

Petunia - some heirloom reseeding annual - a survivor is now in magenta bloom

Phlox subulata/Creeping phlox in lavender blue - a few stray flowers

Piper auritum/Hoja Santa or Rootbeer Plant - surviving plant has a few flowers

Plumbago auriculata (two shrubs) light blue flowers on both plants

Poliomintha bustamanta, Mexican oregano (3 plants) Blooming but look pretty ratty

Punica granatum 'Nana'/ dwarf pomegranates, one of the two small trees has new flowers developing

Rosa 'Belinda's Dream', Pink shrub rose- one bud & one blown bloom



Rosa 'Flawless' - pair of pink mini-roses in container from VDBD spring 2011 - one fading flower

Rosa 'Red Cascade', mini-climber bought in spring 2010 - still blooming

Rosa - unnamed orange mini-rose came with house has a few flowers

Rosmarinus 'Huntington Carpet' dwarf groundcover rosemary a few flowers

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus' - Prostrate Rosemary, a few pale blue flowers

Rosemarinus officianalis, upright Rosemary in bloom a few white flowers

Russelia equisetiformis, Firecracker plant - blooming but getting too shady in that bed

Salvia coccinea, Hummingbird sage blooming in many colors, true red, coral, orange, white, pink. Mixes and seeds itself all over the place. 

Salvia elegans/Pineapple sage two plants blooming away; on the table are a few pansies waiting to be planted in the hanging baskets.


Salvia farinacea, Mealy Blue sage, wandlike flowers - tired but still flowering

Salvia greggii, many plants including 'Navajo White', cream, deep rose, true red, cherry red and Orchid-purple- just about every plant has flowers

Salvia guaranitica, Majestic blue sage a stray bloom or two. Very ratty looking plants

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue' - plants not doing well

Salvia leucantha, Mexican Bush Sage - in bloom near drivie

Salvia madrensis, Forsythia Sage doing wonderfully this fall!

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'  several plants in light bloom

Salvia regla/Mountain sage - two plants - winding down but still have some flowers

Salvia vanhoutii SYN Salvia splendens var 'Van Houttei' annual from cuttings - in nice bloom up at the top with the Ageratina.

Salvia X 'Nuevo Leon' (several borders and containers), some small violet flowers

Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’/Dwarf Blue Cushionflower, a few flowers

Scutellaria indica 'Dorota Blue' Blue evergreen groundcover skullcap, in container, still has flowers

Scutellaria suffrutescens, pink skullcap, two plants dependable pink bloomer

Scutellaria wrightii?  blue skullcap one in parkway, one in front bed, not full but have a few flowers

Tagetes lucida, Mexican Mint Marigold, Texas Tarragon, have been in bloom for several weeks, now reaching the end of cycle, here blooming with Salvia farinacea



Tetraneuris scaposa /Four-nerve daisy AKA, Hymenoxys - I have several plants of this native with yellow flowers. It's a very dependable bloomer - no big show but always has a few flowers. (Edited the list to add this one... how could I forget my 4 Nerve?)


Thunbergia grandiflora, Blue Sky Vine, Bengal Clock vine, in container - has 4 or 5 buds and flowers on arch in Secret Garden

Tradescantia geniculata, groundcover , in bloom

Monday, July 16, 2012

GBBD List for July 16, 2012

This post was written by Annie in Austin for her Annie's Addendum blog

The Post for July Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is at my main blog, The Transplantable Rose.

This is the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, July 2012 LIST, with my best tries for current botanical names of  what was in bloom in my garden on July 16th:

Abelia X grandiflora (guessing)/Five shrubs planted by a previous owner - buds and/or bloom

Abelia X grandiflora unknown variety, one medium-sized pink shrub planted by us - buds & bloom

Abelia X grandiflora 'Edward Goucher' smaller pink shrub planted by us -  in light bloom

Amarcrinum ‘Fred Howard’ Plant at center back wall has 2 blooming stalks.

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii, Flame acanthus. The plant from Pam/Digging blooms lighter orange


while 2 new plants added Nov 2011 bloom in a darker red-orange color







Antirrhinum majus, Yellow snapdragons - left from winter, flowers gone but looks like they are making new buds

Asclepias curassavica, tropical milkweed - has reseeded all over- many flowers and one caterpillar

Bauhinia forficata(?) Orchid tree, Pate de Vaca - frozen back to ground in February 2011. Has struggled up from roots and has formed buds

Buddleja lindleyana/ Weeping butterfly bush, a few flowers (April 7, 2012 A garden friend in San Antonio, Linda Maldonado, advises that this plant has become invasive in her garden, ruining flowerbeds and coming up everywhere, and when dug up it responds by coming up worse that before.)

Calibrachoa hybrids, annual Blooming in hanging basket

Canna americanallis 'Bengal Tiger' syn 'Praetoria' - lost one clump but saved a few roots in patio container- now has a big bud stalk

Canna X generalis burgundy leaved - bloomed earlier, just one remaining flower

Capsicum annuum – garden peppers - still blooming and making fruit

Capsicum annuum /wild bird peppers, not sure of name - many many kinds including Chile pequin, petine - buds & fruit

Clematis unknown hybrid, purple flowers - has 1 bud after 8 days of rain

Clerodendrum ugandense
– Blue butterfly flower.Rotheca myricoides 'Ugandense' (Royal Horticultural Society says it's Clerodendrum myricoides 'Ugandense', nicknamed Blue Cat's Whiskers; Pam/Digging & Dave's Garden calls it Rotheca myricoides 'Ugandense'), one plant has a few flowers, 2 plants have buds. 2 others only leaves.

Conoclinium greggii, Gregg’s Mistflower - closely related to C. coelestinium, the mistflower I grew in Illinois, but leaves are quite different. Bedraggled but the flowers keep coming and the Queen Butterflies are happy

Coreopsis 'Crème Brulee' /Coreopsis one surviving patch in full bloom

Cosmos sulphureus, reseeding annual - slow to start but now in bloom

Crocosmia, unidentified may be ‘Lucifer’ - did not bloom last couple of year but has many flowers now

Cucumis sativus, Cucumber, var "Sweet Marketmore" - first try for cucumbers - harvested 10 big cucumbers so far

Cuphea llavea – small pink & lavender form - blooming in border and in hanging basket

Cuphea llavea –red & purple ‘Batfaced’ - blooming

Datura inoxia(?) in border container- opens a creamy white trumpet flower every couple of days

Dianthus – several colors of ‘Telstar’ hybrids in assorted containers - a few flowers

Dicliptera suberecta Uraguayan firecracker plant also called Mexican Hummingbird plant - original plant died but a cutting I had taken is growing and has a few flowers. Still pretty wimpy.

Echinacea purpurea
, Purple Coneflower - most original plants died but small starter plant & some seedlings are blooming here and there

Gaura lindheimerii - last year the original plants of ‘The Bride’ and an unlabeled tall rose-pink variety (‘Pink Cloud’?) died, but seedlings that look like a cross have appeared and bloomed

Habranthus tubispathus, copper lilies, yellow rainlilies - saw a few buds this morning

Helianthus, unknown, tall annual reseeding sunflower - beaten down by rain, shredded by squirrels but still have some flowers

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Best of Friends' from Pam/Digging - a new bud stalk emerging

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Pinochio' - one flower on a new bud stalk

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Vi's Apricot' - there are several divisions so odds are good at least one has a flower each day

Hibiscus coccineus
, Texas Star hibiscus ZZ - only 1 bloom so far this year, new buds were forming but rain or animals cracked the stem. I don't know if they can still bloom

Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Blue River II' - had flowers a few weeks ago, now making new buds

Indigofera amblyantha? /pink false indigo -  a few flowers & new bud stems

Ipomoea quamoclit, Cypress vine, reseeding annual - mostly foliage but a few flowers

Justicia betonica? White Shrimp Plant - not so much in bloom as holding onto flower brachts

Justicia spicigera/ Mexican Honeysuckle - a real trouper, not out of bloom for months

Lagerstroemia indica, hot pink crepe myrtles (6 trees) - off and on bloom - largest flush of flowers may be over

Lagerstroemia x hybrida ‘Acoma’ white crepe myrtles (2 trees) still flowering but most buds gone to seed

Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba', 2 trees, either side of arch, reddish-purple flowers planted 2010 & 2011 - buds and blooms on small trees

Lagerstroemia x fauriei
'Zuni' new spring 2011 - many buds, none open yet

Lantana, unknown varieties upright lavender and trailing white have many, many tiny blooms

Leucophyllum frutescens/ Texas sage AKA Barometer bush AKA Cenizo – one shrub in full bloom

Liriope muscari/
Lilyturf, in long lines all over the place - see a few flower wands beginning

Lycopersicon lycopersicum, tomatoes - a few flowers but think they're ready to quit

Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina', short-lived reseeding perennial - some plants only leaves, some have flowers

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii/Turkscap or Red Wax Mallow, in three different areas, all in large bloom

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii
, white form of Turkscap/Wax Mallow has one flower

Melampodium leucanthum / Blackfoot daisy, in several beds, frequently annual - many flowers in back, some in front

Myrtus communis nana/ dwarf Greek myrtle - main flowering over but it has popped a few new blooms

Ocimum basilicum, Basil - blooms until pinched

Oxalis crassipes 'Alba' (dotted around and in containers) some blooming

Oxalis regnellii 'Atropurpurea' (dotted around and in containers) some blooming, some dormant

Pavonia lasiopetala, pink rock rose - a couple of flowers

Pelargonium grossularioides, coconut-scented geranium - tiny odd flowers keep coming

Pelargonium hybrid, 'Fantasia Salmon', zonal geranium in breakfast room window - still flowering

Perovskia atriplicifolia, Russian Sage (two beds) all in wandy bloom

Petunia multiflora? annual - reseeds occasionally and this year's seeding is blooming magenta

Phlox paniculata, Grandma’s white phlox, one surviving plant has a couple of flower heads

Plumbago auriculata (two shrubs) - one many flowers, other plant not doing so well

Plumeria unknown species/Frangipani, rose red, In Bloom this year!

Poliomintha bustamanta, Mexican oregano (3 plants) in bedraggled bloom

Punica granatum 'Nana'/ dwarf pomegranates, two plants in containers - off/on flowers, something takes fruit from plant in secret garden

Rosa 'Flawless' - pair of pink mini-roses in container from VDBD spring 2011 - one flower






 





Rosa floribunda  ‘Julia Child’,  butter-yellow rose has a few new buds

Rosa 'Red Cascade', mini-climber bought in spring 2010 has clusters of small, red double flowers on long canes

Russelia equisetiformis, Firecracker plant - doing well with many flowers

Salvia coccinea, white Hummingbird sage - reseeder, many plants, many flowers, many buds

Salvia coccinea ‘Coral Nymph’- reseeder, coral pink Hummingbird sage - couple of flowers but many buds

Salvia coccinea - reseeder, intense coral rather than delicate like 'Coral Nymph'. They are visited by hummingbirds every day



Salvia farinacea, Mealy Blue sage, wandlike flowers - cut back some that had gone to seed, others making new flowers

Salvia greggii, many plants including 'Navajo White', cream, deep rose, true red, cherry red and Orchid-purple - most have at least light bloom, some (like the orchid-purple) have many blossoms

Salvia guaranitica,
Majestic blue sage - not many flowers but quite a few buds

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue' - just a few flowers on unhappy looking plants

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'  several plants in large bloom

Salvia regla/Mountain sage - two plants - one has a single blossom

Salvia X 'Nuevo Leon' (several borders and containers), one plant has buds

Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’/Dwarf Blue Cushionflower, beaten down, has one flower and several buds

Scaevola aemula,
blue fan flower, annual for hanging baskets, in bloom

Scutellaria indica 'Dorota Blue' Blue evergreen groundcover skullcap in patio container- blooming blue

Scutellaria suffrutescens, cherry pink skullcap, two plants dependable pink bloomer- light bloom

Scutellaria suffrutescens alba? - label says white skullcap - light bloom

Scutellaria unlabeled purplish pink skullcap in parkway - one bedraggled flower

Scutellaria wrightii?  blue skullcap one in parkway, one in front bed, beaten down but still blooming

Tetraneuris scaposa, Four nerve Daisy, Hymenoxys, 3 plants - ratty looking with a few flowers

Tradescantia geniculata, groundcover - a solid sea of green with airy white flowers floating over the top

Tradescantia pallida, syn Setcresea pallida/ Purple Heart, many lavender flowers, in the ground and in hanging baskets

Verbena bonariensis – reseeder - here and there

Vitex agnus-castus / Chaste tree - was deadheaded and is reblooming

Zephyranthes drumondii AKA Cooperia pedunculata Cooper's Rainlily - see buds coming up

Zephyranthes 'Labuffarosea', AKA Zephyranthes 'La Bufa Rosa' Pink rainlily - up & flowering all over, even in places I forgot it grew


Friday, May 25, 2012

GBBD List for May 25, 2012

This is a reasonably accurate list of what was in bloom in my garden today with reasonably accurate botanical names for the plants. For the main Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day for Three Sisters post please go to my Transplantable Rose Blog



Abelia X grandiflora (best guess) Five shrubs planted by a previous owner, all in bloom

Abelia X grandiflora unknown variety, one medium-sized pink shrub planted by us, has flowers

Abelia X grandiflora 'Edward Goucher' smaller pink shrub planted by us, has flowers

Abutilon hybrid, pale pink color. New plant just beginning to bloom
 

Ageratina havanensis, syn Eupatorium havanense /Fragrant white mistflower - three plants in bud/bloom

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii, Flame acanthus from Pam/Digging is in full bloom; 2 new plants added Nov 2011 not doing anything yet

Antirrhinum majus, Yellow snapdragons, in place since mid-winter, still a few flowers but it's getting hot

Asclepias curassavica, tropical milkweed, some lived over from last year, some self-seeded, many plants with buds or flowers

Aster frikartii 'Wonder of Staffa'. Three surviving plants in different borders - one has a few flowers

Buddleja lindleyana/ Weeping butterfly bush A few flowers but the area has become more shady.
WARNING NOTE (April 2012 A reader in San Antonio advises that this variety of Buddleja has become invasive in her garden, ruining flowerbeds and coming up everywhere and that it is almost impossible to dig up. That hasn't happened here but it is definitely something to consider before planting it! )

Calibrachoa hybrids, annual in hanging basket looking good

Callicarpa americana, American Beautyberry, tiny flowers that will become purple berries beloved by Mockingbirds. For some weird reason sometimes called "French Mulberry"   



Canna X generalis 'City of Portland' - I brought the roots from Illinois in 1999 and some years they do not flower. This year they've consented to bloom in the Secret Garden



 Capsicum annuum – garden peppers have flowers and fruit

Capsicum annuum /wild bird peppers, not sure of name - many many kinds including Chile pequin, petine. Tiny flowers and tiny peppers

Castilleja indivisa, Texas paintbrush, grown as annual, a few straggly flowers

Chrysactinia mexicana, native yellow-flowering Damianita reblooming after shearing seedheads

Chrysanthemem maximum, Shasta daisies almost done but they were pretty!

Conoclinium greggii, Gregg’s Mistflower - closely related to C. coelestinium, the mistflower I grew in Illinois, but leaves are quite different. It's blooming lightly in front

Consolida ajacis, Larkspur, annual - dozens of plants have gone to seed but a few plants still have flowers

Coreopsis 'Crème Brulee' /Coreopsis, just budding now

Coriandrum sativum., cilantro, annual herb - most gone to seed, a couple of flowers where the stem is in shade

Cosmos sulphureus, reseeding annual, only a couple of plants with a couple of flowers

Cuphea llavea – small pink & lavender form in bloom

Cuphea llavea –red & purple ‘Batfaced’ - in bloom

Datura inoxia(?) appeared in patio pot - has a new flower every few evenings

Dendranthema x grandiflora?. - ordinary cushion mums - some buds and a few rusty yellow flowers open on one plant

Echinacea purpurea, Purple Coneflower - see one flower

Feijowa sellowiana / Pineapple guava, two plants  - one has the last couple of flowers

Gaura lindheimerii - all the original plants died but a couple of seedlings survived, now have buds or flowers.

Helianthus, unknown, gigantic, annual sunflower - no flowers but buds

Hemerocallis citrina- had one big plant and 2 small divisions. Main plant died, but second plant had one flower a couple of days ago - has buds swelling.

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Best of Friends' from Pam/Digging - this one likes where it was planted... so many flowers!

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Devonshire', Austin Daylily Society - huge, creamy yellow flowers have been opening this past week, one or two a day

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Prairie Blue Eyes'- what a great plant - so glad it lived to bloom again!

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Vi's Apricot'- several plants of this dwarf daylily, now past prime flowering but still have blooms and buds

Hesperaloe parviflora, Red yucca - long wands of shrimpy-colored flowers.

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen' Oakleaf hydrangea - new flowers open and old flowers drying sort of dusty pink that looks pretty cool with the 'Coral Nymph' hummingbird sage growing nearby

Hydrangea X 'Sweet Carol', Bliss series of marcrophylla/serrata crosses  - YES! Was just a small piece that hasn't bloomed in years. I moved it to deeper shade & it not only lived through summer of hell 2011, it has 3 flower-heads this spring

Indigofera amblyantha? /pink false indigo - light bloom in Secret Garden

Justicia spicigera/ Mexican Honeysuckle- down to a few orange blooms

Lagerstroemia indica, hot pink crepe myrtles (6 trees) - many buds and a few moldy pink flowers

Lagerstroemia x hybrida ‘Acoma’ white crepe myrtles- see a few buds forming on top of the two trees but nothing open yet

Lantana, unknown varieties upright lavender and trailing white - non-stop in front

Lathyrus odoratus, annual sweet peas - down to one white flower and a few pods on drying vines

Lavandula intermedia 'Provence', main plant died but two small ones have a couple of flowers

Leucophyllum frutescens/ Texas sage AKA Barometer bush AKA Cenizo – solid with magenta-purple flowers... this does not mean it will rain... it means it's too darned humid!

Lonicera sempervirens, coral honeysuckle - couple of flowers

Lycopersicon lycopersicum, tomatoes- blooming and making fruit. Hope we get some of them!

Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' - right now it has some buds, a few open flowers and spent flowers holding browned petals

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii/Turkscap or Red Wax Mallow blooming in center back and front woodland area

Melampodium leucanthum / Blackfoot daisy, in several beds, don't look wonderful but are alive and have flowers

Monarda 'Peter's Purple' - a division given to me this spring by fellow Austin Garden Blogger  Pam Penick is still young but has a couple of flowers. This newer Beebalm is supposed to take humidity without the mildew... so far, very good!  


Myrtus communis nana/ dwarf Greek myrtle - tiny white flowers on tips of branches

Ocimum basilicum, Basil - not supposed to have flowers! Snip, snip!

Origanum majorana, Sweet marjoram- flowers and seed pods

Osmanthus fragrans/Sweet olive four shrubs, winter-blooming but one in container popped a couple of flowers

Oxalis crassipes 'Alba' - bright green leaves with white flowers, blooming in a couple of places

Oxalis regnellii 'Atropurpurea' (synonym triangularis) dark purple leaves with lilac-pink flowers blooming here and there

Pavonia lasiopetala, pink rock rose - blooms but is always mildewed.

Pelargonium hybrids– bedding geraniums  in pots near front steps

Pelargonium grossularioides, coconut-scented geranium - tiny flowers in hanging pot

Pelargonium hybrid, 'Fantasia Salmon', zonal geranium in breakfast room window since 2006 - continues to bloom & amaze me.

Perovskia atriplicifolia, Russian Sage in full bloom in a couple of borders

Petunia multiflora? Old-fashioned reseeding petunia with magenta-lilac flowers

Phlox drummondii Annual Phlox - barely hanging on with a few white flowers

Piper auritum/Hoja Santa or Rootbeer Plant  from fellow Austin Garden Blogger East Side Patch - one plant has survived and now has a few flower

Plumbago auriculata - many pale blue flowers

Plumeria unknown species/Frangipani, rose red - pretty sure this bud is on the rose-red plumeria but it could be the pale yellow one.

Poliomintha bustamanta, Mexican oregano all three plants blooming like mad

Punica granatum 'Nana'/ dwarf pomegranates, two plants in containers bloom & make fruit off-and-on

Rosa 'Belinda's Dream', Pink shrub rose- just forming buds for another round

Rosa floribunda  ‘Julia Child’,  butter-yellow rose  - new flush of buds forming

Rosa 'Mutabilis' (two plants, one fairly large shrub in a container, one huge shub planted in the ground). Both have buds; the front plant also has many flowers

Rosa 'Red Cascade', a climbing mini-rose bought in spring 2010 - has both buds and blooms near patio

Rosa - unidentified orange mini-rose came with house - just opened another flush of flowers

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus' - Prostrate Rosemary, covered in pale blue flowers

Russelia equisetiformis, Firecracker plant - full bloom near magnolia

Salvia coccinea, red Hummingbird sage - buds on a couple of plants that may turn out to be red

Salvia coccinea, white Hummingbird sage, has seeded all along the edge of the patio and I've scattered seed in other beds. Very flowery right now!

Salvia coccinea vivid salmon Hummingbird sage, appeared last year and again this year. 

Salvia coccinea ‘Coral Nymph’, coral pink Hummingbird several plants in different places

Salvia elegans/Pineapple sage 1 plant alive with a few flowers

Salvia farinacea, Mealy Blue sage, wandlike flowers in a few borders. Needs to be snipped!

Salvia greggii, many plants including 'Navajo White', Cream, newly planted Salmon, newly planted Lilac Pink with White, Deep Rose, True Red, Cherry Red and Orchid-purple - in many beds & all different sun/shade exposures. I cannot imagine gardening in Austin without it.

Salvia guaranitica, Majestic blue sage, blooming in gateside garden

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue', oh, how I love these blue flowers! In bloom front & center back

Salvia leucantha, Mexican Bush Sage - not a lot of flowers, but is blooming

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'  blooming hugely in front, center back & secret gardens

Salvia officinalis - cooking sage has flowers

Salvia regla/Mountain sage - one of two plants in bloom, red-orange flowers

Salvia X 'Nuevo Leon' blooming near front steps

Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’/Dwarf Blue Cushionflower, a few flowers

Scutellaria ovata, Heartleaf skullcap - one flower stalk left

Scutellaria suffrutescens, pink skullcap, two plants dependable pink bloomer in full bloom

Scutellaria suffrutescens alba? - label says white skullcap- looks more cream-color

Scutellaria unlabeled purplish pink skullcap in parkway- smothered by Rock Rose - still trying to bloom

Scutellaria wrightii?  blue skullcap one in parkway, one in front bed have flowers

Sedum, little varieties with white flowers

Tagetes lucida, Mexican Mint Marigold, Texas Tarragon, one of 3 plants has flowers

Tetraneuris scaposa,  four nerve daisy Hymenoxys, 3 plants - looking floppy & ratty but still have flowers

Tradescantia pallida, syn Setcresea pallida/ Purple Heart, many lavender flowers in several beds

Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate' in yaupon bed, still making a few flowers but is ready to give up and go dormant

Verbena bonariensis – reseeder - has popped up here and there with a few flowers

Vitex agnus-castus / Chaste tree in full bloom