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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.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

GBBD List for July 2009

The main post for May Dream Carol's Garden Blogger Bloom Day is at The Transplantable Rose

Here's a list of whatever plants have dared to make any flowers this July, with what I hope are the correct botanical names:

Abelia chinensis/Abelia, four white shrubs few flowers

Abelia chinensis two unnamed pink shrubs a few flowers

Abelia chinensis 'Edward Goucher' smaller pink shrub a few flowers

Achillea 'Moonshine', a couple of flowers

Amarcrinum ‘Fred Howard’ three bulbs, three areas of garden, each with one stalk. In the photo above is a plant that gets morning sun filtered by overhanging Brugmansia and a Meyer's Lemon tree. Three stalks sounds pretty good until I remember there are at least 20 bulbs of amarcrinum and crinum lilies scattered around, most of which have never bloomed.

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii, Flame acanthus from Pam/Digging, stressed and flower like paper even with water

Asclepias curassavica, tropical milkweed, one plant looks fabulous, other does not

Calibrachoa hybrids, annual, some from Natural Gardener, some from Shoal Creek Nursery. All alive, but barely. Purple one in basket next to patio door gets most shade and looks best

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides/Hardy Plumbago, AKA Blue Leadwort, couple of blue flowers in shade under live oak

Crocosmia, unidentified may be ‘Lucifer’ - some stalks okay, some fried, some done

Cucurbita pepo, summer squash - pattypans have a few flowers

Cuphea ignea, orange Cigar flower, just a few

Cuphea llavea – small pink & lavender form (two plants) one not too bad, other 1/4 size of last year, few flowers

Cuphea llavea –red & purple ‘Batfaced’- alive and has some flowers

Cuphea llavea 'Georgia Scarlet', alive and has some flowers

Dianthus – several colors of ‘Telstar’ hybrids in assorted containers - here and there a raggedy bloom

Duranta erecta, Skyflower - not many, but there are some blooms.

Echinacea purpurea - lots of plants, some okay, some not. There are a few flowers

Echinacea purpurea alba? – a white cultivar - one plant didn't bloom at all, other has grand total of 3

Evolvulus glomeratus, Blue Daze, several plants, one in bloom

Gaura lindheimerii ‘The Bride’ (two plants)- even the gaura looks bummed

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

Helianthus, unknown variety of tall annual sunflower with blooms, buds and some heads going to seed

Impatiens walleriana, bedding impatiens. Two plants in big container secret garden alive and have flowers

Indigofera amblyantha? /pink false indigo - one flower

Jatropha integerrima 'Compacta' - awkward plant with bare stems but has popped a few red flowers

Jasminium sambac, Sambac jasmine alive and has 2 buds

Justicia spicigera/ Mexican Honeysuckle a few flowers

Lagerstroemia indica, hot pink crepe myrtles (5 trees), all have some flowers but clusters small and on fewer branches

Lagerstroemia x hybrida ‘Acoma’ white crepe myrtles (2 trees); they keep blooming if I deadhead and I deadhead and water

Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba', in container, reddish-purple flowers but only on one side of tree.

Lantana, a yellow upright variety has a few flowers in larger triangle bed; trailing lavender and trailing white had some flowers last week, are looking tired today.

Lavendula heterophylla, Sweet Lavender - not new stalks but have a few new florets here and there

Leucophyllum frutescens/ Texas sage AKA Barometer bush AKA Cenizo – one shrub, quite a few flowers.

Lycopersicon lycopersicum, ‘Juliet’ and 'Early Girl' tomatoes have blossoms;

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii/Turkscap or Red Wax Mallow (two plants), a couple on back plant and a few more on one in front.

Melampodium leucanthum / Blackfoot daisy Yes! They aren't doing much in front but bloom in the smaller triangle bed in back

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

Platycodon 'Fuji White', is making a lot of flowers!

Platycodon grandiflorus (several plants), Blue Balloon Flower - should deadhead and they might keep blooming

Platycodon 'Miss Tilly' (3 plants), mostly faded flowers - should deadhead

Plumbago auriculata (two shrubs), going nuts and covered in pale blue flowers – must prune back again

Plumeria unknown species/Frangipani, creamy yellow - one tall original plant with two flower clusters and a small rooted branch with one cluster

Plumeria unknown species/Frangipani, rose red - looks like one branch has buds

Poliomintha longiflora, Mexican oregano (3 plants), flowers and leaves looking very raggedy - a very unusual thing for this tough plant

Portulaca - reseeded Moss Roses and Flowering Purslanes don't care if it's 106°F - still blooming

Rosa 'Belinda's Dream', Pink shrub rose- a couple of blasted flowers and a couple of buds

Rosa floribunda ‘Julia Child’, butter-yellow rose - tried to open a couple of flowers - not very successful,

Rosa 'Mutabilis' (two good-sized plants) still pops an occasional flower

Russelia equisetiformis, Firecracker plant - in light bloom

Salvia coccinea, red Hummingbird sage - many plants and a few flowers

Salvia coccinea, white Hummingbird sage, just a couple

Salvia elegans/Pineapple sage – trying to open flowers but whole stems keep dying off

Salvia farinacea, Mealy Blue sage, two rather new plants, each has a handful of wandlike flowers

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue' - not many but they exist

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' (2 plants), couple of flowers

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

Schlumbergera truncata, Thanksgiving cactus

Scutellaria suffrutescens, pink skullcap, two plants - some pink flowers

Vitex agnus-castus / Chaste tree - deadheaded a while ago - has a few buds

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