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.
The eye candy is on the main blog - here's the list of names, both common and botanical, of what is flowering in Annie in Austin's garden for the September 2008 edition of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, that charming meme started byCarol of May Dreams Garden.
Abelia chinensis/Abelia, four white shrubs covered in flowers; three pink ones blooming lightly.
Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii/Flame acanthus blooming lightly.
Antirrhinum majus/Yellow snapdragons, two surviving plants, flowering since last Christmas.
Asclepias curassavica/ tropical milkweed, two plants reblooming.
Barleria cristata/Philippine violet, just opened a couple of flowers, but it was too windy to get a photo.
Brugmansia, unknown species/Angel's Trumpet. Around 6-feet tall with a couple of dozen buds and flowers in various stages of development or decrepitude.
Buddleja lindleyana/ Weeping butterfly bush, many flowers on branch tips.
Bulbine frutescens 'Yellow'/ Bulbine, just starting to rebloom after cutback.
Canna ‘Bengal Tiger’/ Canna, one flower on front plant.
Capsicum annuum/edible peppers – some of the garden peppers have buds & flowers, and a few have developing peppers
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides/Hardy Plumbago, AKA Blue Leadwort, doing well, many dark blue flowers.
Clerodendrum ugandense/Blue butterfly flower - nonstop flower production. Clitoria ternatea- the Blue Butterfly Pea - lush growth in constant bloom.
Conoclinium greggii/ Gregg’s Mistflower - after near death in the Secret Garden, it has rebounded in the front - growing, blooming and attracting butterflies.
Coreopsis 'Crème Brulee' /Coreopsis, (5 plants) still some flowers.
Cuphea ignea/ Cigar flower, covered in tiny orange flowers.
Cuphea llavea / pink cuphea, small pink & lavender form (two plants), covered in tiny flowers.
Cuphea llavea/ Batfaced cuphea, red & purple, covered in flowers.
Helianthus/Sunflower, unknown variety, gigantic, annual sunflower with many blooms, buds and some heads going to seed.
Hibiscus syriacus/Rose of Sharon, one white flower.
Impatiens walleriana/ bedding impatiens. More than a dozen plants, some with many flowers, some barely alive.
*Indigofera amblyantha? /pink false indigo - started reblooming after rain three weeks ago.
Ipomoea quamoclit/ annual Cypress vine, hundreds of buds and flowers.
Lagerstroemia indica/unnamed hot pink crepe myrtles (5 trees), all blooming
Lagerstroemia x hybrida ‘Acoma’/ white semi-dwarf crepe myrtles (2 trees); a couple of flowers.
Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba'/purple crepe myrtle, in container, a couple of flowers, just cut back.
Lantana/Lantana, some unnamed trailing white variety in bloom.
Lavandula intermedia 'Provence'/Fragrant Lavender, a dozen wands.
Lavandula multifida/Fernleafed lavender, dozens of unscented flowers on lax stalks.
Leucophyllum frutescens/ Texas sage AKA Barometer bush AKA Cenizo – one shrub, a few flowers.
Liriope muscari/Lilyturf, in long lines all over the place, almost done - just a few blooms left.
Lobularia maritime/ Sweet alyssum (dotted around), a few flowers but plants look wrecked.
Lonicera sempervirens/ coral honeysuckle - 2 little flowers.
Lycopersicon lycopersicum/Tomato, a couple of tomato flowers - most plants dead
Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii/Turkscap or Red Wax Mallow (two plants), loaded with bloom.
Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii, white form of Turkscap/Wax Mallow (two plants), sprawling and covered in flowers.
Mentha /Mint - English and orange varieties in bloom.
Osmanthus fragrans/Sweet olive, just starting to make a few flowers... no real scent yet.
Pavonia lasiopetala/Pink rock rose, lots of flowers on moldy looking plant.
Perovskia atriplicifolia/Russian Sage (two beds), in bloom.
Petunia multiflora?/Old-fashioned petunia, a couple of flowers on the pink one.
Phlox paniculata/Grandma’s white phlox, one plant barely alive, the other has one fading flower.
Piper auritum/Hoja Santa or Rootbeer Plant, a few flowers.
Platycodon 'Fugi White'/Balloonflower, in large rebloom.
Platycodon grandiflorus/Blue Balloonflower,(several plants), many flowers.
Platycodon 'Miss Tilly'/dwarf blue Balloonflower,(3 plants), a few flowers.
Platycodon 'Sentimental Blue' / Blue Balloonflower, a few flowers.
Plumbago auriculata/ Blue Plumbago (two shrubs) in constant bloom. They'd cover the back door if didn't keep cutting them back.
Plumbago auriculata var. alba/ White Plumbago (one plant), blooming with Blue Balloonflowers.
Plumeria unknown species/Plumeria or Frangipani, two plants with one flower stalk each - one rose red, one pale yellow.
Poliomintha longiflora/Mexican oregano (3 plants), all blooming.
Portulaca several species/Moss Roses and Flowering Purslanes, about a dozen assorted plants. The ones in containers are blooming better than those in the ground.
Rhodophiala bifidia/Oxblood Lilies AKA Schoolhouse Lilies, in seven places - some in bloom, some in bud, some just have empty stalks, some are making seed pods.
Rivina humilis/Pigeon Berry - making tiny white flowers and red berries.
Rosa 'Belinda's Dream'/ Pink shrub rose, one open flower and a handful of buds.
Rosa ‘Champagne’/pale pink mini rose, two plants in light rebloom, but flowers bleach out fast.
Rosa ‘Julia Child’/Yellow shrub rose, has rebounded, now covered in new leaves, flowers and buds.
Rosa 'Mutabilis' (two good-sized plants) nonstop bloom - I love these roses!
Rosa /unnamed apricot mini-rose, one open flower and a couple of buds.
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus' /creeping Rosemary, many tiny blue flowers
Ruellia brittoniana 'Katy', dwarf Mexican Petunia, quite a few flowers at last.
Salvia coccinea /red hummingbird sage, many plants, many red flowers, many bees.
Salvia coccinea 'Alba'?/white hummingbird sage, two plants, blooming.
Salvia coccinea ‘Coral Nymph’/coral pink hummingbird sage, many plants, some flowering, some ready to be cut back.
Salvia farinacea /Mealy blue sage, a few plants with many flower spikes.
Salvia greggii/ Gregg's sage, lots of plants in white, red and cherry pink, in various stages of bud, bloom and needs pruning.
Salvia guaranitica/ Majestic sage, large clumps, blooming well in some places, sparse in other beds.
Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue', Black and Blue salvia, in beds and containers, blooming well in some places, sparse in other beds.
Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'/Hot lips salvia, 2 plants; they took a break, but now have a few flowers.
Salvia X 'Nuevo Leon'/Hybrid salvia in several borders and containers, few flowers and a couple of plants are dead.
Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’/Dwarf Blue Cushionflower, a handful of buds and flowers.
Scutellaria suffrutescens/Pink skullcap (2 plants), lots of tiny blooms.
Scutellaria wrightii/Blue Skullcap...there are 3 plants - one plant has a few flowers.
Tradescantia geniculata/Bridal veil, now spreading across front woodland border, covered with many tiny white flowers.
Tradescantia pallida, syn Setcresea pallida/Purple Heart, blooming in several places.
Verbena bonariensis /Brazilian tall verbena, seeded all over the place, in various stages of bud, flower and seed.
Zinnia/hybrid border zinnias– a couple of rose-red flowers on ratty plants.
Zinnia linearis syn Zinnia angustifolia/Narrow-leaved zinnias, several plants, abundant white flowers.
By the way, that photo at top uploaded sideways again, as did the photos of the Mexican Oregano, Tropical Milkweed and Red Wax Mallow/Turkscap over at the Transplantable Rose blog. I changed the jpgs to pngs in Elements and they reloaded as landscapes.