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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.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Bloom list for July 15-16, 2008

Abelia chinensis (several shrubs in light bloom)

Achillea 'Moonshine', a couple of flowers

Amarcrinum ‘Fred Howard’ (three large flowering stalks)

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii, Flame acanthus just started

Antirrhinum majus, Yellow snapdragons (about 6 plants), in bloom since Christmas

Asclepias curassavica, tropical milkweed, one plant very happy, one spindly

Ocimum basilicum, Basil – one plant is bolting…Stop making flowers!

Begonia semperflorens – one 2-year old white wax begonia in bloom

Buddleja davidii ‘Black Knight’, flowering, but the heads are very small

Buddleja lindleyana, Weeping butterfly bush, about four wands opening

Bulbine frutescens 'Yellow', light bloom – need to be cut back

Canna, unnamed tall, bright green-leaved with red-orange flowers

Canna ‘Bengal Tiger’ several plants – 2 flowers

Capsicum annuum – some of the garden peppers have buds & flowers, and a few have developing peppers

Clematis – possibly C. viticella, 4 flowers

Consolida ajacis, Larkspur – one surviving plant with a few flowers

Coreopsis 'Crème Brulee' (5 plants) abundant bloom but messy

Crocosmia, may be ‘Lucifer’ – three plants with one spray of buds & flowers

Cuphea ignea, Cigar flower, covered in tiny orange flowers

Cuphea llavea – small pink & lavender form (two plants), covered in tiny flowers

Cuphea llavea –red & purple ‘Batfaced’, covered in flowers

Cuphea llavea 'Georgia Scarlet', covered in red-orange & purple flowers

Cyclamen persicum, a Florist’s cyclamen from last fall is hanging on to a couple of flowers

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

Echinacea purpurea, still blooming

Echinacea purpurea alba? – a white cultivar, stems lax but blooming well

Echinacea purpurea ‘Purple Stars’, still blooming but could be cut back

Evolvulus glomeratus, Blue Daze, several plants, some blooming, some not

Gaura lindheimerii ‘The Bride’ (two plants), some white flowers on long wands

Gaura lindheimerii, unknown tall rose-pink variety (‘Pink Cloud’?), many flowers

Helianthus, unknown, gigantic, annual sunflower with many blooms, buds and some heads going to seed

Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Blue River II’, a few huge white flowers each day

Impatiens walleriana, bedding impatiens. More than a dozen plants, some with many flowers, some barely alive

Ipomoea quamoclit, Cypress vine, a few red flowers

Lagerstroemia indica, pink crepe myrtles (5 trees), all blooming

Lagerstroemia x hybrida ‘Acoma’ white crepemyrtles (2 trees); they keep blooming if I deadhead

Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba', in container, keeps blooming if deadheaded

Lantana, unknown varieties both upright and trailing – pink & yellow, white and gold, in bloom but looking ratty and some should be cut back

Lavandula intermedia 'Provence', a few fragrant flowers

Lavandula multifida, many, many flower wands on this fernleafed lavender, but they lack true lavender fragrance

Leucophyllum frutescens, Cenizo – one shrub, covered in flowers

Liriope muscari, all over the place, the best flowering is in the secret garden

Lobularia maritime, Sweet alyssum (dotted around), blooming since late winter

Lonicera sempervirens, coral honeysuckle (just a few flowers)

Lycopersicon lycopersicum, the ‘Juliet’ tomato has lots of flowers

Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' (opening several buds)

Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina' (two plants), moderate bloom

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii (two plants), some flowers and plants look okay

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii, white form (two plants), a few flowers

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

Oxalis regnellii 'Atropurpurea' (dotted around and in containers), just one flower

Pelargonium – variousl bedding geraniums in white & coral, outdoors and indoors, all making at least one flower stalk

Pavonia lasiopetala, pink rock rose, makes flowers but leaves are always mildewed

Perovskia atriplicifolia, Russian Sage (two beds), floppy but making flowers

Petunia multiflora? Only a few flowers here and there on this heirloom, but the plants are alive

Phlox paniculata, Grandma’s white phlox, two plants (one flowering head)

Platycodon 'Fugi White', doing fine after cutting back; has a few flowers

Platycodon grandiflorus (several plants), just a few flowers left, time for cutting back so it will flower again

Platycodon 'Miss Tilly' (3 plants), doing fine

Platycodon 'Sentimental Blue', has some flowers but should be cut back to encourage rebloom

Plumbago auriculata (two shrubs), going nuts and covered in pale blue flowers – recently pruned so the back door could shut

Plumbago auriculata var. alba (one plant), finally made one flower head after 2 years

Poliomintha longiflora, Mexican oregano (3 plants), all blooming

Portulaca - about a dozen assorted Moss Roses and Flowering Purslanes in full bloom

Rosa ‘Champagne’ mini rose, two plants, a few flowers each

Rosa ‘Julia Child’, this rose was defoliated by something and remaining leaves had blackspot; finally has some decent foliage, and a dozen buds and blooms

Rosa 'Mutabilis' (two good-sized plants) nonstop bloom

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus' - many tiny blue flowers

Ruellia brittoniana 'Katy' (very stingy – perhaps 4 flowers on 5 plants)

Salvia coccinea (many plants, many red flowers)

Salvia coccinea ‘Coral Nymph’ (many plants, some flowering, some ready to be cut back)

Salvia farinacea (a few plants with many flower spikes)

Salvia greggii (white, red, cherry) all in flower and in need of cutting back

Salvia guaranitica (lots), keep flowering when I deadhead

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue' (lots), keep flowering when I deadhead

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' (2 plants), nonstop flowers

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

Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’, a handful of buds and flowers

Scutellaria suffrutescens, pink skullcap (2 plants), lots of tiny blooms

Scutellaria wrightii, there are 3 plants - one plant has a few flowers

Tradescantia geniculata (spreading across front woodland border), many tiny white flowers

Tulbaghia violacea (two plants, one flower)

Verbena bonariensis – all over the place, in various stages of bud, flower and seed

Verbena – small lavender and purple bedding-type, blooming well after I stopped the lavender from smothering it

Zephyranthes 'Labuffarosea' (several borders), many flowers in the last couple of days – one clump had 16 open at once

Zinnia – 3 small plants with a few red flowers and a couple of buds

Zinnia linearis/ syn Zinnia angustifolia, several plants, abundant white flowers.

(I'll never be as good at keeping records as MSS, but it's a start.)


Entangled said...

Annie, I wondered where your Bloom Day post was and then noticed something new on the Addendum. This looks like a long and happy list to me! I just noticed a rain lily blooming here this morning - first one this year.

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

Looks like a huge list to me! I'm surprised the snapdragons are still growing. I thought they finished with the heat like the violas and nasturtiums. I really mean to try them this fall.

Annie in Austin said...

Hi Entangled,

The glare ruined my attempts at photos and I just didn't have enough oomph to put a Bloom post together but the list was already started. I wanted it as a record and decided to post it over here.

The Austin weather forecast continues grim!

MSS, those snapdragons amaze me - they were tiny starts in 6-packs at Christmas.


Carol said...

I counted over 80 plants on your list, very impressive. I can see why you are so busy trying to keep everything just alive with the heat and dry weather in Austin. That's not gardening, is it, or at least it isn't the fun kind of gardening.

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Annie in Austin said...

Good grief! I just looked at this post in IE instead of in Firefox - what the heck is up with all the visible code? It doesn't show when I saw it on the other browser.

Since I have no idea how to fix this, instead I'll switch back to Firefox and try to forget what I've seen.

Carol, I was trying to get a list together for Blooming Day - it sure won't have 80 entries this month! I'm trying to keep the garden alive but not exactly succeeding.


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