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.
We saw this plant combination last February at the San Antonio Zoo. I remembered it when reading this post and its comments at GardenRant on how tough many bulbs can be and whether they look okay next to succulents. What do you think?
The diaries had lists of names and bloom records. Some iris were ordered from catalogs, some picked up at Northern Illinois Iris Society sales, many were passalongs from friends. I don't remember ever seeing dwarf bearded iris for sale at a nursery.
I loved those dwarf bearded iris! They bloomed with Brunnera and Dicentra/Bleeding Heart, when the coral bells and lilies were waking up. Their small rhizomes didn't attract Iris borers like the flashy big hybrids and they fit so well into a small bed designed for close-up viewing.
Some of the dwarf bearded iris had registered names:
'Bright & White'
Some dwarf bearded iris were named for the friend who shared the plant:
'Ruth's Kansas Prairie Purple'
'Vi's Minister's Yellow'
'Ellen's Yellow & Maroon'
'Vi's Purple w/white beard'
'Vi's Bright Yellow'
'Ruth's white with Blue beard'
'Carol's off white'
'Bernice's yellow & mahogany'
'Vi's Light Pink'
Some tall bearded iris had official names, too:
'Fire & Ice'
And names unofficial:
'Sophie's Purple Velvet'
'Lilacia Garden Club Pink'
'Vi's Tall Purple & White'
Siberians were called:
Passalong Siberians had names of people attached:
'Dad's Dark Blue'
'Vi's Dark Purple'
Two species Iris came to me from Lorraine:
Iris graminea and Iris pseudocoris.
It's nearly a decade since I left - think any of them still bloom at the old house?
For the photos of April 15, 2009 Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, see the Transplantable Rose post. The Addendum is the place to find a list with botanical names of what's in bloom at Circus~Cercis today. Some of them may actually be spelled right:
Abelia chinensis 'Edward Goucher' smaller pink form of this shrub; it's in flower but large white ones are not.
Ajuga, unknown species, purple-leaved bugle weed. It was already growing under an abelia when we moved here. Now in a couple of other spots as groundcover.
Anemone hybrid 'St Brigid' mixed Windflowers. Some smashed by hail but a few are blooming now.
Antirrhinum majus, Yellow snapdragons looking pretty good since Christmas 2007!
Bryophyllum daigremontianum, syn Kalanchoe daigremontiana, Mother of Thousands, one plant in bloom
Bulbine frutescens 'Yellow'/ yellow bulbine, a few flowers in front center bed
Calibrachoa hybrids, annuals in containers, some from Natural Gardener, some from Shoal Creek Nursery
Canna X generalis 'City of Portland', one bloom on a plant in container
Capsicum annuum – garden peppers, several have flowers
Castilleja indivisa?, Texas paintbrush, grown as annual. It came through hail just fine, but adjoining Bluebonnet was smashed.
Cercis canadensis var texensis 'Alba', has unexpected light rebloom as leaves expand.
Citrus x meyeri, Meyer's Improved Lemon, still a few flowers
Citrus aurantifolia? Mexican lime, still a few flowers
Clematis hybrid 'Ramona', growing in container, 8 or 9 huge light purple flowers
Clematis unknown purple hybrid, budded and ready to go
Clematis hybrid, probably 'Miss Bateman', 6 or 8 white flowers
Coriandrum sativum, cilantro - some gone to flower
Cuphea llavea – small pink & lavender form; one plant begining to bloom - other hit hard by repeated freezes.
Delosperma cooperi ? Dark pink flowered hardy ice plant, spreading over gravel walk in Pink Garden;
Dianthus – ‘Telstar’ hybrids in pink, rose and red, growing in assorted containers front and back gardens
Dietes bicolor, African Iris, butterfly iris - bloomed last week and has more buds
Evolvulus glomeratus, Blue Daze. Two of the lived-over plants are making flowers.
Feijowa sellowiana / Pineapple guava, two plants - one flower
Gaura lindheimerii, unknown tall rose-pink variety (‘Pink Cloud’?), many flowers
Hesperaloe parviflora, Red yucca - first time blooming!
Hippeastrum seven hybrid varieties in bulb garden including Red Lion, Minerva, San Antonio. Four are budded- one open.
Impatiens walleriana, bedding impatiens. A couple of lived-over white impatiens bloom in containers in the Secret Garden
Rosa 'Julia Child' - in spite of a dozen buds hailed to the ground, she is gorgeous
Rosa 'Lady Banks' - all open flowers knocked off by hail, but some tight buds remained and they're opening
Philadelphus inodorus, Scentless Mockorange, English Dogwood, a wall of blossom
Ranunculus hybrids, orange and yellow. Planted fall 2007, just a couple of bulbs returned
Salvia greggii, Cherry color Salvia greggii, creamy white
Salvia 'Hot Lips'
Salvia 'Nuevo Leon'
Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue'; teased off section a few weeks back so now have two plants in bloom.
Setcreasea 'Purple Heart'
Spiraeas - four white in two varieties
Stachys coccinea, Texas Betony, coral flowers. Did not bloom last year.
Verbena bonariensis here and there
Viola actually Pansies - some hit by hail, a few blue and yellow okay
Weigela florida 'Rumba'/ Weigela Canadian Dance series. Two tiny pieces bought as souvenir of Howard's Nursery on Koenig in spring 2006 are a couple of feet tall, covered in trumpet shaped, deep rose flowers.