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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

GBBD List for April 2009

Annieinaustin, Ramona clematisFor 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

Annieinaustin, Texas PaintbrushCastilleja 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

Indigofera amblyantha? /pink false indigo -one wandy pink flower unfolding.

Iris bearded hybrid, passalong from Ellen, later-blooming, grape-scented blue violet

Iris siberica, Siberian Iris, blue-violet, passalong from Barb in IL

Ixia, unknown species, pale cream-colored Corn lilies from bulbs planted fall 2007

Jatropha integerrima 'Compacta', couple of puny flowers, few leaves

Justicia spicigera/ Mexican Honeysuckle, a few light orange flowers

Lantana, unknown varieties both upright and trailing; yellow just budding, trailing white bloomed all winter

Lavendula heterophylla, Sweet Lavender, many many wands ready to open

Lavendula stoechas, Spanish lavender, covered in flowers

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

Lonicera sempervirens, coral honeysuckle, some flowers

Lupinus texensis, Bluebonnet. I planted 8 of them but the hail hit hard and only a few still live.; one is finally blooming.

Lycopersicon lycopersicum, Tomatoes, several have flowers, including ‘Juliet’

Mazus reptans, tiny blue flowering ground has a couple of flowers

Michelia figo - Banana shrub, past peak but still has buds. Shrub is now shedding hail-damaged leaves and trying to grow new ones.

Nicotiana 'Perfume Deep Purple', annuals from Shoal Creek

Osmanthus fragrans/Sweet olive three shrubs still in light, fragrant bloom

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

Oxalis regnellii 'Atropurpurea' (dotted around and in containers), a few flowers

Passiflora X possibly 'Lavender Lady' Passionvine - many buds and blooms

Pelargonium hybrids– assorted bedding geraniums, red, white & coral

Pelargonium hybrid, coral, blooming in breakfast room window

Penstemen tenuis, Gulf coast penstemon, a few flowers

Philadelphus inodorus, English Dogwood/Scentless Mock orange, at end of huge bloom

Phlox sublata/Creeping phlox in lavender blue, three plants all in flower

Plumbago auriculata (two shrubs), just beginning to reflower after winter

Portulaca - reseeded Moss Roses and Flowering Purslanes - one flower

Punica granatum, pomegranate - might be 'Wonderful' - one flower, couple of buds

Punica granatum 'Nana'/ dwarf pomegranate, very small plant but keeps making flowers

Ranunculus hybrids, bulbs planted fall 2007 - fewer blossoms than last spring and hail-damaged, but they're alive

Rosa banksiae 'Lutea'/ Lady Banks rose, peak of bloom over, but some buds still opening

Rosa 'Belinda's Dream', Pink shrub rose- buds and blooms

Rosa ‘Champagne’ mini rose, delicate pink , two plants, in bloom

Rosa floribunda ‘Julia Child’, butter-yellow rose, many flowers and a few buds to come

Rosa 'Mutabilis' (two good-sized plants) my darlings have been in nonstop bloom

Rosa /unnamed apricot mini-rose, one open flower and a couple of buds.

Rosa, unknown variety/ tall pink climber, about 8 or 9 flowers and buds

Salvia coccinea ‘Coral Nymph’, coral pink Hummingbird sage, in Secret Garden

Salvia greggii, many plants with flowers of creamy white, deep rose, true red, cherry red

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips', now reblooming after winter

Salvia roemeriana /Cedar sage, dark red flowers in shade

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

Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’/Dwarf Blue Cushionflower, one plant in full bloom; a division still becoming established has a few flowers

Scutellaria suffrutescens, pink skullcap, two plants - one has a few open flowers

Scutellaria wrightii, blue skullcap, three small plants lightly flowering

Sedum, several unknown species here and there, all making white flowers

Spiraea - three of the bridal wreath type shrubs are still blooming

Stachys coccinea/Texas betony, coral flowers - didn't bloom last year but are in flower for 2009

Trachaelospermum jasminoides, Star Jasmine, Confederate Jasmine, evergreen vine with white, fragrant flowers. Three vines, on veranda, Secret Garden fence and on shed, all in bud and/or blossom.

Tradescantia geniculata, groundcover , in bloom

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

Verbena bonariensis – let them seed all over - a few are blooming now

Viola spp– various hybrids of Pansies and violas in containers and hanging baskets with a few flowers

Weigela florida 'Rumba'/ Weigela Canadian Dance series - photo shows peak of blossoming last week but there are still flowers today.Annieinaustin, Weigela Rumba

Carol of MayDreams Gardens thought up GBBD - please go to her blog for links to the other gardens. Happy Blooming Day!


mss @ Zanthan Gardens (Texas) said...

Is April your longest list of the year (as it is in my mostly annual garden) or does the flower season just keep getting better month after month in your garden?

Annie in Austin said...

There are only records for 9 months so far, so who knows what May or June will bring?

MSS, your question made me go back to count how many different plants were listed in each post. I was counting during commercials so numbers are approximate:

July 2008 was the first time I made a complete list; I'll trust Carol's count of more than 80.
August 2008 (on main blog) about 66
Sept 2008 had 81
October 2008 - 81.
November 08 - 77
January 2009 -28
February 2009 - only 3!
March 2009 - about 46
April 2009 - 81

Isn't it funny that for 5 of the 9 months the number was around 80? Except for those wacky snapdragons, the plants keep changing on each list.

Thanks for the push to count them up ;-]