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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.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

GBBD List for December 2010

Here is the list of what was in bloom in my Austin, Texas garden on December 16, 2010 - this is the list with botanical names. The post for May Dreams Carol's monthly Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is on my main blog, The Transplantable Rose.

Abutilon hybridum 'Marilyn's Choice' - first year, buds and blooms

Abutilon hybridum 'Patrick's', think it's named after Patrick Kirwin - couple of buds at top

Asclepias curassavica, tropical milkweed - couple of plants still blooming; one had flowers frozen off & is making new buds

Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Gold' gold cultivar of tropical milkweed - a few buds

Camellia japonica 'Morning Glow' double white camellia - just opening, maybe a dozen buds in all

Camellia sasanqua 'Shishi Gashira' - near end of bloom

Catharanthus roseus - annual vinca- white- one plant near brick housewall still has some flowers

Cuphea ignea, orange Cigar flower- leaves nipped but still has flowers. In the photo above, the orange flowers with ribbed leaves are Justicia spicigera, the yellow flowers are Salvia madrensis and the bronze-leaved, tubular orange flowers are the Cuphea ignea.

Cuphea llavea – small pink & lavender form - in bloom in protected spot

Cyclamen persicum/ florist’s cyclamen hybrids - blooming inside

Dendranthema x grandiflora?. - ordinary cushion mums - a few pink ones still flowering

Dianthus – couple of flowers on ‘Telstar’ hybrids in containers -

Eriobotrya japonica, Loquat, Japanese Plum - some boughs done, some still in bloom

Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost', one plant frozen, one has a few flowers

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

Impatiens walleriana, bedding impatiens - blooming in large pot near housewall

Justicia brandegeana, shrimp plant - looks fine and has flowers

Justicia spicigera/ Mexican Honeysuckle - started blooming with cooler weather

Kalanchoe daigremontiana syn. Bryophyllum daigremontianum/ Mother of Thousands, Alligator Plant blooming inside

Lantana, unknown varieties upright lavender and trailing white in front

Lavandula intermedia 'Provence', fragrant in container - maybe a dozen flowers

Leonotus unk sp. Lion's Tail - late blooming, still opening

Lobularia maritime, Sweet alyssum in hanging basket

Lonicera sempervirens, coral honeysuckle - a few flowers on arch

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii/Turkscap or Red Wax Mallow - one lonely blossom

Malvaviscus 'Pam Puryear', Pam's Pink Turkscap - a couple of buds... don't know if they'll ever open now

Melampodium leucanthum / Blackfoot daisy - most plants are done but one plant in front still had flowers

Osmanthus fragrans/Sweet olive three established shrubs - only a few buds and flowers; too dry - not only ground but air dryness is setting them back

Oxalis crassipes 'Alba' (dotted around and in containers) just a couple of flowers

Oxalis regnellii 'Atropurpurea' (dotted around and in containers) just a couple of flowers

Pelargonium hybrid, 'Fantasia Salmon', zonal geranium in breakfast room window keeps going!

Plumbago auriculata only a few flowers near housewall

Punica granatum 'Nana'/ dwarf pomegranate has buds and developing fruit

Rosa floribunda ‘Julia Child’, butter-yellow rose, one bud

Rosa 'Mutabilis' (two good-sized plants) - a few flowers and buds

Rosa 'Red Cascade', mini-climber bought in spring - in bloom - has a few faded flowers - do not see any new buds

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus' - Prostrate Rosemary, covered in pale blue flowers

Rosemarinus officianalis, upright Rosemary, has white flowers near fountain birdbath

Russelia equisetiformis, Firecracker plant - one plant new buds opening

Salvia elegans/Pineapple sage two plants were still blooming on the 16th

Salvia greggii, some scattered flowers on several plants

Salvia madrensis, Forsythia sage plant in long border still opening buds

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' a few flowers showing white & red

Schlumbergera truncata, Thanksgiving cactus - one in bloom, 2 more in bud

Scutellaria suffrutescens, pink skullcap, two plants dependable pink bloomer a few flowers

Tagetes lucida, Mexican Mint Marigold, Texas Tarragon, here and there a flower left - main bloom gone

Viola spp– various hybrids of Pansies and violas in containers and hanging baskets

Monday, November 15, 2010

GBBD List for November 2010

Annie in Austin's 2010, November Bloom Day List - my best attempt at recording any plant with a flower for November 15.

Abutilon hybridum 'Marilyn's Choice' - buds and one fully expanded flower

Abutilon hybridum 'Patrick's', think it's named after Patrick Kirwin - never has many flowers, but blooming for many weeks

Ageratina havanensis, syn Eupatorium havanense /Fragrant white mistflower - past prime, flowers still on, drying in place

Asclepias curassavica, tropical milkweed - several plants in full bloom

Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Gold' gold cultivar of tropical milkweed -new buds forming

Aster frikartii 'Wonder of Staffa'. One plant hanging on

Barleria cristata/Philippine cristata only one plant of three has flowers

Camellia japonica 'Morning Glow' double white camellia has buds

Camellia sasanqua 'Shishi Gashira' a few flowers opened this week

Capsicum annuum – garden peppers. 'Garden Salsa', 'Holy Mole', 'Jimmy Nardello', 'Spanish Spice' all have buds, flowers and peppers in various stages of development

Catharanthus roseus - annual vinca- white - a few flowers

Clerodendrum ugandense – Blue butterfly flower - two plants in bloom

Clitoria ternatea- the Blue Butterfly Pea - still making flowers

Conoclinium greggii, Gregg’s Mistflower - past peak but still has flowers

Cosmos sulphureus, reseeding annual in bloom

Cuphea ignea, orange Cigar flower just a few flowers

Cuphea llavea – small pink & lavender form - now in full bloom

Cuphea llavea –red & purple ‘Batfaced’ - two plants in bloom

Dendranthema x grandiflora?. - ordinary cushion mums pink & yellow, past prime but have flowers

Dianthus –red ‘Telstar’ hybrids in front container have flowers

Eriobotrya japonica, Loquat, Japanese Plum - a few flowers open at top of tree, buds lower down have petals peeking out

Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost', two plants - a superstar that has been flowering since April

Evolvulus glomeratus, Blue Daze, patio container still looking good

Gaura lindheimerii, 'The Bride' white, a few flowers

Gaura lindheimerii, unknown tall rose-pink variety (‘Pink Cloud’?) - recovered and in full bloom

Hedychium coronarium/ Hawaiian White Ginger - last flowers fell off a week ago

Impatiens walleriana, bedding impatiens - blooming in several containers

Ipomoea alba, Moon flower vine - still opening buds every day or so

Ipomoea quamoclit, Cypress vine, reseeding annual -blooming on arch

Jasminium sambac, Sambac jasmine - a few buds

Justicia brandegeana, Shrimp plant - planted in March, finally looking happy and with flowers

Justicia spicigera/ Mexican Honeysuckle - buds and flowers

Kalanchoe daigremontiana syn. Bryophyllum daigremontianum/ Mother of Thousands, Alligator Plant - buds

Lantana, unknown varieties upright lavender and trailing white - full bloom

Lavandula intermedia 'Provence', fragrant in container- still has flowers

Leonatus leonorus? Plant is some kind of Lion's Tail - now budded but no petal color showing

Leucophyllum frutescens/ Texas sage AKA Barometer bush AKA Cenizo – one shrub - couple of flowers at very top

Lobularia maritime, Sweet alyssum - a few flowers in hanging basket

Lonicera sempervirens, coral honeysuckle - some rebloom

Lycopersicon lycopersicum, tomatoes - couple of flowers on Sun Gold

Malvaviscus 'Pam Puryear', Pam's Pink Turkscap - one bedraggled blossom

Melampodium leucanthum / Blackfoot daisy, in several beds - still some flowers

Ocimum basilicum, Basil - Spicy Globe

Osmanthus fragrans/Sweet olive three established shrubs - bloomed too early, then were very unhappy when temps soared in October; just now reforming some new buds

Oxalis crassipes 'Alba' (dotted around and in containers) a few flowers

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

Passiflora X possibly 'Lavender Lady' Passionvine - not a single flower for entire 2010 growing season

Pavonia lasiopetala, pink rock rose - a few

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

Pentas lanceolata Egyptian stars - one plant making new set of buds

Perovskia atriplicifolia, Russian Sage (two beds) - some wandy purple flowers

Piper auritum/Hoja Santa or Rootbeer Plant - some blooms

Plumbago auriculata (two shrubs) - non-stop flowers all summer

Poliomintha bustamanta, Mexican oregano -only plant in pink garden has flowers

Portulaca - reseeded Moss Roses and Flowering Purslanes - a few flowers on surviving plants

Rosa 'Belinda's Dream', Pink shrub rose- just one lone flower now drying in place

Rosa 'Mutabilis' a few flowers on plant in front butterfly bed

Rosa 'Red Cascade', mini-climber bought in spring - in bloom - has a few flowers

Rosemarinus officianalis, upright Rosemary - some flowers

Russelia equisetiformis, Firecracker plant - looks like more buds forming

Salvia coccinea, red Hummingbird sage- one plant in bloom

Salvia elegans/Pineapple sage two plants - still making flowers

Salvia farinacea, Mealy Blue sage, wandlike flowers - a few left

Salvia greggii, past peak but there are nearly a dozen plants in different colors and most have a few flowers

Salvia guaranitica, Majestic blue sage - just a few here and there

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue' - just a few here and there

Salvia leucantha, Mexican Bush Sage - past peak, blooms bedraggled

Salvia madrensis, Forsythia sage - now in bloom on established plant in back border and transplanted offshoot in front butterfly bed

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' three plants - fewer flowers but still blooming

Salvia regla/Mountain sage - has been flowering for weeks, still has a few

Salvia vanhoutii SYN Salvia splendens var 'Van Houttei' - fewer flowers but still blooming

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

Scutellaria suffrutescens, pink skullcap, two plants - still a few flowers

Scutellaria unlabeled purplish pink skullcap in parkway - still a few flowers

Scutellaria wrightii? a blue skullcap in parkway - still a few flowers

Sedum, several unknown species - mostly dried flowers now

Sedum, little varieties with white flowers here and there

Tagetes lucida, Mexican Mint Marigold, Texas Tarragon, all gold and in bloom

Tradescantia geniculata, groundcover , a few flowers

Tradescantia pallida, syn Setcresea pallida/ Purple Heart, a few flowers;

Zinnia linearis/ syn Zinnia angustifolia, several plants, still flowering

This is the list - photos and story for November 15th are now posted at The Transplantable Rose

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Mysterious Red-headed Insect

I took an insect photo two summers ago - back when the front bed had so many bulbines I had to dig and give some away to keep them in check. Last winter killed every plant.
An interesting insect with a red head and flexible abdomen hung out on the bulbines for several days- long enough for me to catch a photo.

Right now Phillip at East Side Patch has an enchanting photo of a similar insect... and RBell of The Lazy Shady Gardener thinks it's a kind of Syrphid. They made me wonder if this insect on the bulbines is related to the one at East Side Patch so I decided to post my photo for comparison. When I uploaded the jpg photo, it immediately autorotated its orientation to portrait. That's because in 2008, I hadn't yet learned to disable the facial recognition setting. Once changed from jpg to png the photo remained as 'landscape'.
Annieinaustin, Redheaded mystery insect on Bulbine
The photo was in my Critter file, labeled September 2, "Readhead" - not sure whether there was an actual basis for using the name or if it amused me, but I'd also like to know what these insects are.

Monday, October 18, 2010

GBBD list for October 2010

Here is the list for October 15-16th, 2010 - the main post for May Dreams Carol's monthly floral celebration of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day should soon appear at my main blog, the Transplantable Rose. I keep the comprehensive lists with best tries at botanical names here at Annie's Addendum. These lists may not get much traffic, but they are an invaluable resource for me as garden records.

Annieinaustin, front butterfly border w greggs mistflowerAbelia chinensis/Abelia, 3 of the 4 white shrubs - varying numbers of flowers

Abelia chinensis one of 2 medium-sized pink shrubs - a few flowers

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

Abutilon hybridum 'Patrick's', think it's named after Patrick Kirwin - one flower

Ageratina havanensis, syn Eupatorium havanense /Fragrant white mistflower- buds but no open flowers

Asclepias curassavica, tropical milkweed - several blooming plants

Aster frikartii 'Wonder of Staffa'. One of 3 surviving plants has flowers

Barleria cristata/Philippine cristata three plants - one flower.

Buddleia davidii Pink Butterfly Bush - a few flowers

Buddleja lindleyana/ Weeping butterfly bush - a few flowers

Canna americanallis 'Bengal Tiger' syn 'Praetoria' - a couple of flowers

Capsicum annuum – garden peppers- many flowers

Catharanthus roseus - annual vinca- white- one surviving plant in bloom

Chrysactinia mexicana , damianita, native yellow daisy - 2 unestablished, very small plants with a couple of flowers

Clerodendrum ugandense – Blue butterfly flower- two plants have flowers. I took this photo in shade and the color came out aqua- not what my eye saw!
Annieinaustin, Blue clerodendron in shade

Clitoria ternatea- the Blue Butterfly Pea - still in bloom but the flowers are slightly smaller now

Conoclinium greggii, Gregg’s Mistflower - many flowers and many butterflies, click the top photo and see a couple of them

Cosmos sulphureus, reseeding annual - new plant in bloom, with many flowers glowing orange when the morning sun first hits themAnnieinaustin, Cosmos sulphureus in morning sun

Cuphea ignea, orange Cigar flower - a few flowers

Cuphea llavea – small pink & lavender form - finally in full bloom

Cuphea llavea –red & purple ‘Batfaced’- two plants, non stop flowers

Dendranthema x grandiflora?. - ordinary cushion mums blooming pink in Entrance garden and yellow in back

Eriobotrya japonica, Loquat, Japanese Plum - buds beginning to appear

Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost', two plants - non-stop tiny white flowers

Evolvulus glomeratus, Blue Daze - one plant in patio container full bloom

Gaura lindheimerii ‘The Bride’ native - blooming in front beds

Gaura lindheimerii, unknown tall rose-pink variety (‘Pink Cloud’?) - blooming in front beds

Hedychium coronarium/ Hawaiian White Ginger - couple of open flowers and a few budding

Helianthus, unknown, gigantic, annual sunflower - remaining plant still has a few flowers

Impatiens walleriana, bedding impatiens - blooming here and there in containers

Ipomoea alba, Moon flower vine - still making a flower or two every night
Annieinaustin, Moonflower, Blue butterfly pea, Russelia

Ipomoea quamoclit, Cypress vine, reseeding annual - many, many small flowers on self-seeded vinesAnnieinaustin, Cypress vine gone wild

Justicia spicigera/ Mexican Honeysuckle - see only buds

Lagerstroemia indica, hot pink crepe myrtles (5 trees) - a few stray flowers

Lagerstroemia x hybrida ‘Acoma’ white crepe myrtles (2 trees); a few stray flowers

Lantana, unknown varieties upright lavender and trailing white, all in bloom

Lathyrus odoratus, sweet peas 'Royal Wedding'

Lavandula intermedia 'Provence', fragrant in container - not many flowers but always a few open every day

Lobularia maritime, Sweet alyssum - reseeded in hanging baskets and blooming again

Lonicera sempervirens, coral honeysuckle - a few flowers

Lycopersicon lycopersicum, tomatoes - 'Sun Gold' cherry tomatoes buds, flowers and tiny tomatoes

Malpighia glabra/ Barbados Cherry - a few buds but no open flowers

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii/Turkscap or Red Wax Mallow - 2 plants, many flowers

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii, white form of Turkscap/Wax Mallow - 2 ratty-looking plants with a handful of flowers

Malvaviscus 'Pam Puryear', Pam's Pink Turkscap - one bloom... have been a few over the last couple of weeks but think it's in too much shade

Melampodium leucanthum / Blackfoot daisy, in several beds - tired looking in backyard but look terrific in front

Muhlenbergia capillaris, Gulf Muhly grass, pink-flowered - just lovely!

Ocimum basilicum, Basil - 'Spicy Globe'

Osmanthus fragrans/Sweet olive all three established shrubs are flowering - this is their season to bloom and scent the garden

Oxalis crassipes 'Alba' (dotted around and in containers) a couple of flowers

Oxalis regnellii 'Atropurpurea' (dotted around and in containers) a couple of flowers

Pavonia lasiopetala, pink rock rose- non-stop

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

Perovskia atriplicifolia, Russian Sage - some flowers again

Phlox paniculata 'John Fanick' - bought spring 2010 - having another bloom session

Piper auritum/Hoja Santa or Rootbeer Plant - 2 plants have flowers

Platycodon grandiflorus, Blue Balloon Flower - plant at end of veranda has flowers

Platycodon 'Miss Tilly' one of 3 plants has flowers

Plumbago auriculata - non-stop flowers, rather rampant growth

Plumeria unknown species/Frangipani, creamy yellow - just a couple of flowers

Poliomintha bustamanta, Mexican oregano (3 plants), all one in front blooming

Rosa 'Belinda's Dream', Pink shrub rose- a dozen flowers from bud to blown

Rosa ‘Champagne’ mini rose, delicate pink , two plants - has releafed and made flowers

Rosa floribunda ‘Julia Child’, butter-yellow rose - a handful of flowers and a few buds

Rosa 'Mutabilis' - plant in back has pecan shade, so only a few flowers; plant in front gets more sun- huge & covered in flowersAnnieinaustin, Mutabilis Rose

Rosa 'Red Cascade', mini-climber bought in spring - a couple of feet tall and 4 flowers

Rosa /unnamed apricot mini-rose, a few flowers .

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus' - Prostrate Rosemary, many pale blue flowers

Rosemarinus officianalis, upright Rosemary - quite a few tiny white flowers

Russelia equisetiformis, Firecracker plant - older plant in bloom, younger one not

Salvia coccinea, red Hummingbird sage - reseeded and a few have flowers

Salvia coccinea, white Hummingbird sage - reseeded, flowers and buds

Salvia coccinea ‘Coral Nymph’, coral pink Hummingbird sage- saw one reseeded plant in Secret Garden

Salvia elegans/Pineapple sage two plants - enormous and many, many vibrant red flowers
Annieinaustin, Salvia elegans, Pineapple sage
Salvia farinacea, Mealy Blue sage, wandlike flowers - doing well this year!

Salvia greggii, some plants get more sun so have more flowers; colors include white, cream, rose, cherry-red, orchid purple & lipstick red

Salvia guaranitica, Majestic blue sage - next to garage have recuperated and rebloomed

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue' - some flowers in back - doing great in front

Salvia leucantha, Mexican Bush Sage - blooming well near garage door

Salvia madrensis, Forsythia sage - buds on two plants but no open flowers

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' three plants - not full bloom but quite a few.... leaves sparser than they should be

Salvia vanhoutii SYN Salvia splendens var 'Van Houttei' - enormous and covered in burgundy flowers

Salvia X 'Nuevo Leon' - used to be more plants, but the few survivors do have small violet flowers

Scutellaria indica 'Dorota Blue' Blue evergreen groundcover skullcap - made it through summer and is in full bloom

Scutellaria suffrutescens, pink skullcap, two plants dependable pink bloomer

Scutellaria suffrutescens alba? - just a couple of stray flowers

Scutellaria unlabeled purplish pink skullcap in parkway has flowers

Scutellaria wrightii? a blue skullcap in parkway in bloom

Sedum, tall passalongs that look like a paler version of Autumn Joy - buds opening into pink flowers

Sedum, little varieties with white flowers

Tagetes lucida, Mexican Mint Marigold, Texas Tarragon, first flowers opening now

Tetraneuris scaposa, four nerve daisy Hymenoxys - only see 2 flowers

Tradescantia geniculata, groundcover , now in rebloom

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

Verbena bonariensis - a few survivors blooming wimpily.

Zinnia linearis/ syn Zinnia angustifolia, several plants, but not many flowers - pecan tree shade has moved to that area.

The main Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post is now up at the Transplantable Rose

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

GBBD LIst for September 2010

Every month Carol of May Dreams Gardens asks us to tell what's blooming in our gardens. The main Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post will be found at The Transplantable Rose... here is the list with botanical names*.

Some of last month's bloomers have dropped off the list - a few have dropped off permanently. Here's what's in bloom now:


Abelia chinensis/Abelia, four white shrubs - fresh bloom after rain.

Abelia chinensis two medium-sized pink shrubs, light bloom

Abelia chinensis 'Edward Goucher' smaller pink shrub, in bloom

Abutilon hybridum 'Patrick's', think it's named after Patrick Kirwin - buds and flowers

Allium tuberosum, Garlic chives in flower

Asclepias curassavica, tropical milkweeds - in bloom & covered in aphids

Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Gold' gold cultivar of tropical milkweed - a few ratty flowers

Buddleia davidii Pink Butterfly Bush - a few buds, not open

Buddleja lindleyana/ Weeping butterfly bush - a few flowers

Callisia repens AKA Tradesantia minima, inch plant

Canna X generalis burgundy leaved - one flower

Capsicum annuum – garden peppers - many flowers.

Capsicum annuum are also the wild bird peppers, Chile pequin- some in bloom, some with tiny peppers

Capsicum annuum 'Black Pearl' are lovely dark purple ornamental peppers, upon which some bird or critter has been chomping, so they are not very ornamental.

Catharanthus roseus - annual vinca- white- one survivor in hanging basket

Clematis unknown hybrid, purple flowers - attacked by insects but has buds and flowers

Clerodendrum ugandense – Blue butterfly flower. AKA Clerodendrum myricoides 'Ugandense' AKA Rotheca myricoides 'Ugandense'- my new plant in a container is winding down after being in in bloom for months; the one in ground for a few years finally recovered from winter and looks lovely.

Clitoria ternatea- annual vine-the Blue Butterfly Pea, many flowersAnnieinaustin, Clitoria  ternatea, Blue Butterfly Pea

Conoclinium greggii, Gregg’s Mistflower - a few flowers and buds in front garden

Cosmos sulphureus, reseeding annual. Most of the original plants died after the rain, but seedlings had sprouted and those small plants have flowers

Cucumis melo? Cantaloupe type melon. It should have been pulled up after 3 melons were destroyed by animals & vine attacked by borers. I ignored it and remnant has a few flowers.

Cuphea ignea, orange Cigar flower - light bloom

Cuphea llavea – small pink & lavender form - not great, but a few flowers

Cuphea llavea –red & purple ‘Batfaced’ - two plants still doing fine

Dicliptera suberecta Uraguayan firecracker plant also called Mexican Hummingbird plant- flowering now- would be larger but somebody got too close with the weed whip.

Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost', two plants - one in great bloom, one okay but would be better if I hacked back its neighbors

Evolvulus glomeratus, Blue Daze - lone survivor in patio container blooming well
Annieinaustin, Evolvolus Blue Daze

Gaura lindheimerii ‘The Bride’ native - seedlings popped up and in bloom

Gaura lindheimerii, unknown tall rose-pink variety (‘Pink Cloud’?) finally making flowers after sulking in summer

Habranthus tubispathus, copper lilies, yellow rainlilies - you just missed them

Hedychium coronarium/ Hawaiian White Ginger - buds

Helianthus, unknown, gigantic, annual sunflowers - storm knocked off branches, but what's left is still blooming

Hibiscus syriacus/Rose of Sharon - just a couple of flowers now

Hippeastrum hybrid/ ‘Red Dragon’ amaryllis

Impatiens walleriana, bedding impatiens - white impatiens in Secret garden still live and bloom

Indigofera amblyantha? /pink false indigo - went OUT of bloom after 12" of rain. Am so annoyed I left its name on the list just so I could complain to you.

Ipomoea alba, Moon flower vine - many buds and flowers every evening - yay!

Ipomoea quamoclit, Cypress vine, reseeding annual - tolerated for Hummingbirds' sake

Jasminium sambac, Sambac jasmine - keeps making a few flowers

Justicia spicigera/ Mexican Honeysuckle- some flowers

Lagerstroemia indica, hot pink crepe myrtles (5 trees) - a few flowers, mostly seed pods now

Lagerstroemia x hybrida ‘Acoma’ white crepe myrtles (2 trees); a few flowers, many seedpods. Didn't get out to deadhead

Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba', in new border, reddish-purple flowers, many seedpods, must deadhead

Lantana, unknown varieties upright lavender and trailing white, in bloom. In the parking strip one lavender-colored plant thinks it's Godzilla.

Lavandula intermedia 'Provence', Lavender, still blooming - am stunned at its long cycle and the hummingbirds approve

Leucophyllum frutescens/ Texas sage AKA Barometer bush AKA Cenizo – one shrub- handful of flowers

Liriope muscari/Lilyturf, growing in long lines all over the place, with some plumey flowers here and there

Lycopersicon lycopersicum, tomatoes - 'Sun Gold' has some blossoms and one other tomato variety has a few flowers

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii/Turkscap or Red Wax Mallow - two plants bloomingAnnieinaustin, Malvalviscus, Wax Mallow

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii, white form of Turkscap/Wax Mallow - two plants blooming

Melampodium leucanthum / Blackfoot daisy, in several beds. Many small flowers, but plants look as if cats/squirrels/raccoons have been using them for mattresses

Ocimum basilicum, Basil -a few on 'Spicy Globe'

Origanum majorana, Sweet marjoram - very odd little flowers and seed heads. Hope they are edible because we've been using them!

Oxalis crassipes 'Alba' a few flowers

Oxalis regnellii 'Atropurpurea', burgundy purple, clover-shaped leaves and pinkish flowers. Full bloom in front containers, light bloom elsewhere

Pavonia lasiopetala, pink rock rose - full bloom in parking strip.

Pelargonium hybrid, 'Fantasia Salmon', zonal geranium in breakfast room window - always a bud or flower

Pentas lanceolata Egyptian stars - had three. One washed away, one looks terrible, one in bloom.

Phlox paniculata 'John Fanick' - bought spring 2010 - only a couple of florets but plant is alive!

Piper auritum/Hoja Santa or Rootbeer Plant - a few of those weird white flowers

Platycodon grandiflorus, Blue Balloon Flower - plant near veranda made a few flowers

Platycodon 'Miss Tilly' - couple of new flowers

Plumbago auriculata (two shrubs) - climbing the wall, eating the sidewalk, non-stop flowers

Plumeria unknown species/Frangipani - only one creamy yellowflower stalk from three plants.

Poliomintha bustamanta, Mexican oregano (3 plants), all blooming but not pretty at all after being beaten by rain.

Portulaca - reseeded Moss Roses and Flowering Purslanes - mostly washed away or drowned but a couple have survived

Punica granatum 'Nana'/ dwarf pomegranate in container has a flower & a tiny pomegranate

Rhodophiala bifidia/Oxblood Lilies AKA Schoolhouse Lilies, most bloomed - some still look okay, others shriveled. They looked like this a few days ago, with Strobilanthes dyerianus/Persian Shield
Annieinaustin, Persian Shield with Schoolhouse Lilies

Rosa 'Red Cascade', mini-climber bought in spring for $3- climbing a metal bird tower and is in bloom

Russelia equisetiformis, Firecracker plant - blooming just fine under the Blue Clerodendron

Salvia coccinea, red Hummingbird sage couple of seedlings in bloom

Salvia coccinea, white Hummingbird sage very happy after rain

Salvia farinacea, Mealy Blue sage, wandlike flowers- here with Zinnia linearis
Annieinaustin, Salvia farinacea with Zinnia linearis

Salvia greggii, couple of the white and red ones are in bloom but some almost leafless

Salvia guaranitica, Majestic blue sage - a few flowers, leaves are in shreds from insect attacks

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue' - no flowers in back, a few in front, leaves look terrible

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' three plants - maybe a handful of blooms - and very few leaves.

Salvia vanhoutii SYN Salvia splendens var 'Van Houttei' - this $2 plant is filling the entire center of the new border - many, many flowers. Appreciated by hummingbirds

Scutellaria suffrutescens, pink skullcap, two plants - don't look too bad and have flowers

Scutellaria wrightii? some variety of blue skullcap in parkway - has flowers

Sedum telephium? Hytotelephium? Some passalong plant resembling a pale pink 'Autumn Joy' is making buds.

Stapelia gigantea?/Carrion flower, Starfish flower - it looked like this on the 13th and smelled like rotting meat

Annieinaustin, Starfish Flower, Stapelia

Tradescantia geniculata, groundcover , had died back from drought, now back and in bloom

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

Vitex agnus-castus / Chaste tree - still has flowers

Zephyranthes 'Labuffarosea', Pink rainlily - you just missed them in bloom last few days, but none today

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

*As to the names - I try to be accurate, but no guarantees!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

GBBD List for July 2010

This post, GBBD List for July 2010, was written by Annie in Austin for her Annie's Addendum blog.


The post for Garden Blogger's Bloom Day went up at The Transplantable Rose blog on time but the post & video for Farewell, Tomato and the post for the photography contest The Intent of the Gardener took so much time that this GBBD list is a week late. I've come to depend on these records kept here at Annie's Addendum and regret it later if a month is skipped.
Annieinaustin, view from patio
Here is the monthly list of everything as it was in my garden on July 15, 2010, with my best attempts at correct botanical names. And photos just for fun.


Abelia chinensis/Abelia, four white shrubs in bloom

Abelia chinensis two unnamed pink shrubs in bloom

Abelia chinensis 'Edward Goucher' smaller pink shrub light bloom

Achillea 'Moonshine', a few fading flowers and pretty awful looking foliage

Amarcrinum ‘Fred Howard’ the plant near the back door has a bloom stalk, hoping other bulbs of this fragrant pink lily will copy

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii, Flame acanthus from Pam/Digging light bloom

Asclepias curassavica, tropical milkweed couple of plants

Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Gold' gold cultivar of tropical milkweed

Annieinaustin, Bauhinia forficataBauhinia forficata(?)* Orchid tree, Pate de Vaca - opens a flower every few days- not sure if one was open on the 15th

Buddleia davidii Pink Butterfly Bush from Gardener of Good & Evil Lori, bud, flowers, dried heads

Buddleja lindleyana* Weeping butterfly bush, some flowers on branch tips.

Calibrachoa hybrids, annual, some from Natural Gardener, some from Shoal Creek Nursery- some flowers on most

Canna americanallis 'Bengal Tiger' syn 'Praetoria' were open the 15th, frizzled now

Canna X generalis 'City of Portland' were open the 15th, frizzled now

Canna X generalis burgundy leaved were open the 15th, frizzled now

Canna X generalis, unnamed tall, bright green-leaved with red-orange flowers, not exactly in my garden. The plant spread under the fence and while not blooming on my side...the part in my neighbors' yard made flowers.

Capsicum annuum – garden peppers have both flowers and developing peppers

Catharanthus roseus - annual vinca or periwinkle- a few plants of pure white blooming in pots

Clerodendrum ugandense – Blue butterfly flower. The original plant* is now growing well and branching but has no buds yet. Robin/Getting Grounded found another one for me and it looks great. (Royal Horticultural Society says it's Clerodendrum myricoides 'Ugandense', nicknamed Blue Cat's Whiskers; Pam/Digging & Dave's Garden calls it Rotheca myricoides 'Ugandense')

Coreopsis 'Crème Brulee' /Coreopsis, one remaining clump survives. Flowers past peak but still there

Annieinaustin, Orange cosmos, bordered patch butterfliesCosmos sulphureus - annual orange cosmos in full bloom - covered with Bordered patch butterflies

Annieinaustin, crocosmia with purple heartCrocosmia, unidentified may be ‘Lucifer’ in bloom. A passalong from onetime gardenblogger MarthaChick

Cucumis melo? Couple more flowers on Mystery Melon from gardenblogger Laura of Some Like it Hot

Cuphea ignea, orange Cigar flower, light bloom of little orange flowers

Cuphea llavea –red & purple ‘Batfaced’ in full bloom 2 plants

Cuphea llavea – small pink & lavender form - sparse bloom

Annieinaustin, Datura seedpodDatura inoxia(?) a few flowers on plant that sprouted in pot on patio. I didn't catch a photo of the open flowers before the seed pod formed. Last year a Hyde Park gardener gave me a starter plant that died over winter; think this is a seedling.

Delosperma cooperi ?* Dark pink flowered hardy ice plant, large patch weather-reduced to small plant with couple flowers

Dendranthema x grandiflora?. - ordinary cushion mums bought years ago, a few stray bloom in light pink & plain yellow

Dicliptera suberecta Uraguayan firecracker plant - new small plant just starting to flower

Echinacea purpurea mostly browned flowers but some buds

Echinacea purpurea alba? – a white cultivar, mostly browned flowers but some buds

Echinacea purpurea ‘Purple Stars , mostly browned flowers but some buds

Annieinaustin, Euphorbia Diamond FrostEuphorbia 'Diamond Frost' - two plants, flowers are tiny but nonstop

Evolvulus glomeratus, Blue Daze one plant

Gaura lindheimerii ‘The Bride’ white gaura in front bed

Gaura lindheimerii, unknown tall rose-pink variety (‘Pink Cloud’?), one plant in flower, one in bud

Annieinaustin, Annual SunflowerHelianthus, unknown sp, 3 plants, annual sunflower beloved by birds. Seedlings appear randomly every spring. There are flowers, buds, and seedheads forming and
Annieinaustin, bordered patch caterpillars also many caterpillars of the Bordered Patch butterfly

Hemerocallis fulva – Ditch daylily (also from Good and Evil Lori) one surprise late bloom stalk with buds

Hemerocallis passalong 'Pinocchio' one flower, couple of buds

Hemerocallis passalong 'Vi's Apricot' - one plant has second set of buds

Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Blue River II’, 2 plants, usually one or two large white flowers each day

Hibiscus syriacus/Rose of Sharon, passalong plant with two colors in bloom

Impatiens walleriana, white bedding impatiens in a few pots

Indigofera amblyantha? /pink false indigo from my friend Carole - some arching wands of pale pink flowers.

Ipomoea quamoclit, Cypress vine, reseeding annual, couple of red flowers

Jasminium sambac, Sambac jasmine - lots of flowers! They smell wonderful

Lagerstroemia indica, ubiquitous hot pink, here when we moved in ...several trees in bloom

Lagerstroemia x hybrida ‘Acoma’ white crepe myrtles (2 trees) still flowering away

Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba', reddish-purple buds, orchid-hued flowers, really pretty!

Lantana, unknown varieties upright lavender and trailing white in bloom

Lavandula intermedia 'Provence', fragrant, cut it back and now a few more flowers for the hummingbirds

Leucophyllum frutescens/ Texas sage AKA Barometer bush AKA Cenizo – one shrub - full bloom on the 14th - all gone by 18th

Liriope muscari/Lilyturf, in long lines all over the place, a few wands

Annieinaustin, coral honeysuckle July 2010Lonicera sempervirens, coral honeysuckle sustained light bloom

Lycopersicon lycopersicum, tomatoes - still a few flowers on surviving plants

Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' (opened several buds on blooming day)

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii/Turkscap or Red Wax Mallow (two plants),pretty good bloom this year

Melampodium leucanthum / Blackfoot daisy crazy growth & bloom in parking strip; other plants also doing okay

Ocimum basilicum, Basil keeps trying to flower... I keep trying to stop it

Ocimum basilicum 'Spicy Globe', seedling from Rock Rose Jenny ... ditto

Oxalis crassipes 'Alba' (dotted around and in containers), a few white flowers in shade in Secret Garden

Oxalis regnellii 'Atropurpurea' (dotted around and in containers), couple of plants in bloom, most looking crispy

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

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

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

Petunias - one dark-violet hybrid blooming in a hanging basket since winter but looking tired

Phlox drummondii Annual Phlox most dead but two white ones still trying to bloom in triangle bed

Phlox paniculata 'John Fanick' - new plant - very pretty flowers and some buds

Piper auritum/Hoja Santa or Rootbeer Plant (replacement plant kindly shared by EastSidePatch, you wonderful man!) now sporting several odd wand-shaped white flowers

Platycodon grandiflorus tall Blue Balloon Flower full bloom near veranda

Platycodon 'Miss Tilly' (3 plants), full bloom in Pink Entrance garden and back Yaupon Bed

Plumbago auriculata (two shrubs), love the heat and making flowers

Poliomintha bustamanta, Mexican oregano (3 plants), all blooming. Two I bought; one was from Pam/Digging

Portulaca - reseeded Moss Roses and Flowering Purslanes looking good

Rosa 'Belinda's Dream', Pink shrub rose- no flowers but a dozen developing buds

Rosa floribunda ‘Julia Child’, butter-yellow rose, flowers blown, a few buds

Rosa 'Mutabilis' (two good-sized plants) front plant has flowers, one in back has buds

Russelia equisetiformis*, Firecracker plant - flower stalks still developing but no flowers yet

Salvia farinacea, Mealy Blue sage, filled out and in bloom; some I bought & a couple came from Rock Rose Jenny.

Salvia greggii, many colors including 'Navajo White', cream, deep rose, true red, cherry red and Orchid-purple - light bloom on most

Salvia guaranitica, Majestic blue sage has flowers, but was just deadheaded so is making new buds

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue' light bloom in back; full bloom in front

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' - three plants all in bloom.

Salvia vanhoutii SYN Salvia splendens var 'Van Houttei' small starter plant now 3' gawky shrub with many elongated flowers

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

Scutellaria suffrutescens, pink skullcap, two plants in Pink Entrance Garden, dependable pink bloomer

Scuttelaria suffrutescens? unlabeled skullcap blooming paler pink in parking strip bed... looks slightly different from other plants

Scutellaria suffrutescens alba? - label said white skullcap and a few flowers confirm it

Scutellaria wrightii, blue skullcap, one blooming in parking strip bed

Sedum, little unidentified varieties with white flowers

Tetraneuris scaposa, four nerve daisy Hymenoxys -keeps making yellow flowers a few at a time

Tradescantia pallida, syn Setcresea pallida/ Purple Heart, a few lavender flowers

Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate' small piece lived and is making a few flowers

Tulbaghia violacea / Society Garlic - couple of flowers on Passalong-passalong from Diana/Sharing Nature's Garden

Annieinaustin, Verbena bonariensisVerbena bonariensis –this short-lived reseeding perennial is blooming wherever the seeds landed - some plants are looking ratty and will be cut back

Vitex agnus-castus / Chaste tree - full bloom!

Zephyranthes 'Labuffarosea', Pink rainlily in patio container and in the front border

Zinnia linearis/ syn Zinnia angustifolia, reseed each year and are in flower

*Plants with an asterisk came from my friend Ellen.

Please pretend the botanical names have been properly italicized. There are nearly 100 plants on this month's list and it takes too darned long.

This post, GBBD List for July 2010, was written by Annie in Austin for her Annie's Addendum blog.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

GBBD List for June 2010

The Addendum is where you'll find a list with my best guesses at the botanical names for what's in bloom here June 15, 2010. So you'll find this Althaea/Rose of Sharon listed under "H" for Hibiscus syriacusAnnieinaustin, Rose of Sharon

For the Garden Blogger Bloom Day post please go to the Transplantable Rose

Abelia chinensis/Abelia, four white shrubs full bloom

Abelia chinensis two unnamed pink shrubs full bloom

Abelia chinensis 'Edward Goucher' smaller pink shrub light bloom

Achillea 'Moonshine', second flush after deadheading

Ageratina havanensis, syn Eupatorium havanense /Fragrant white mistflower - couple of flowers

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii, Flame acanthus from Pam/Digging full bloom

Asclepias curassavica, tropical milkweed, first year seedlings just starting to bloom

Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Gold' gold cultivar of tropical milkweed a few flowers

Buddleia davidii Pink Butterfly Bush from Gardener of Good & Evil Lori, budded

Buddleja lindleyana/ Weeping butterfly bush, some flowers on branch tips.

Calibrachoa hybrids, annual, some from Natural Gardener, some from Shoal Creek Nursery- barely blooming - not sure why

Canna X generalis burgundy-leaved canna has one bud showing

Capsicum annuum – garden peppers flowers and a few peppers

Catharanthus roseus - annual vinca or periwinkle- a few plants of pure white blooming in pots

Castilleja indivisa, Texas paintbrush, grown as annual - think there are four plants still showing orange brachts

Chrysanthemem maximum, Shasta daisies - peak bloom is past, but still has flowers

Clerodendrum ugandense – Blue butterfly flower. The original plant survived and has put up one stem. Dear Robin/Get Grounded found some plants for sale and scooped one for me; it now has both buds and some flowers. Thank you, Robin!
(Royal Horticultural Society says it's Clerodendrum myricoides 'Ugandense', nicknamed Blue Cat's Whiskers; Pam/Digging & Dave's Garden calls it Rotheca myricoides 'Ugandense')

Conoclinium greggii, Gregg’s Mistflower - closely related to C. coelestinium, the mistflower I grew in Illinois, but leaves are quite different. It's just starting to open fuzzy lavender purple blooms

Coreopsis 'Crème Brulee' /Coreopsis, one remaining clump survives and is in bloom

Coriandrum sativum., cilantro one remaining plant going to seed

Cosmos sulphureus - think this is the name for annual orange cosmos in full bloomAnnieinaustin, orange cosmos and salvias

Cuphea ignea, orange Cigar flower, a handful of little orange flowers

Cuphea llavea –red & purple ‘Batfaced’ in full bloom

Delosperma cooperi ? Dark pink flowered hardy ice plant, spreading over gravel walk in Pink Garden; not much left after winter, but it's alive and has flowers

Dendranthema x grandiflora?. - ordinary cushion mums bought years ago, a few flowers in light pink & plain yellow

Dicliptera suberecta Uraguayan firecracker plant - new small plant just starting to flower

Echinacea purpurea flowers and buds

Echinacea purpurea alba? – a white cultivar in flower

Echinacea purpurea ‘Purple Stars mostly buds

Eucomis unknown species, Pineapple lily - tiny flowers on stalk, turning to seed, it appearsAnnieinaustin, Eucomis flower done
Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost' - two plants, flowers are tiny but nonstop

Gaura lindheimerii ‘The Bride’ white gaura in front bed

Gaura lindheimerii, unknown tall rose-pink variety (‘Pink Cloud’?), lots of buds and some flowers

Habranthus tubispathus, copper lilies, yellow rainlilies - one appeared in the triangle bed

Helianthus, unknown, gigantic, annual sunflower just opening blooms with many buds

Hemerocallis citrina still has buds but past peak

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Best of Friends' from Pam/Digging - a few more buds on two plants

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Prairie Blue Eyes' still has buds but past peak

Hemerocallis passalong 'Vi's Apricot' - one plant has second set of buds

Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Blue River II’, a few huge white flowers each dayAnnieinaustin, Blue River II Hibiscus, Hemerocallis citrina, Hot Lips salvia

Hibiscus syriacus/Rose of Sharon, passalong plant with two colors in bloom

Hosta 'Krossa Regal' one flower stalk

Impatiens walleriana, white bedding impatiens in a few pots

Indigofera amblyantha? /pink false indigo - some arching wands of pale pink flowers.

Ipomoea quamoclit, Cypress vine, reseeding annual, couple of red flowers

Jasminium sambac, Sambac jasmine - lots of flowers! They smell wonderful

Lagerstroemia indica, ubiquitous hot pink...one tree blooming - others thinking about it

Lagerstroemia x hybrida ‘Acoma’ white crepe myrtles (2 trees) full glorious bloom!Annieinaustin, Acoma crepe myrtles in sun

Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba', reddish-purple buds, no flowers yet

Lantana, unknown varieties upright lavender and trailing white in bloom

Lavandula intermedia 'Provence', fragrant, blooming for hummingbirds

Leucophyllum frutescens/ Texas sage AKA Barometer bush AKA Cenizo – one shrub - couple of buds

Liriope muscari/Lilyturf, in long lines all over the place, just thinking about flowers

Lonicera sempervirens, coral honeysuckle in light bloom

Lupinus texensis a couple of seeds germinated late and retain a few flowers

Lycopersicon lycopersicum, tomatoes - few flowers on large varieties, but many flowers on 'Sun Gold' cherry tomato

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii/Turkscap or Red Wax Mallow (two plants),just starting

Melampodium leucanthum / Blackfoot daisy still making flowers but past peak

Myrtus communis nana/ dwarf Greek myrtle - one shrub lots of flowers

Nerium oleander/ double yellow oleander 'Mathilde Ferrier' past peak but has some flowers

Ocimum basilicum, Basil keeps trying to flower... I keep trying to stop it

Oxalis crassipes 'Alba' (dotted around and in containers), looking stressed, few blooms

Oxalis regnellii 'Atropurpurea' (dotted around and in containers), couple of plants in bloom, most looking crispy

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

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

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

Petunias - one dark-violet hybrid blooming in a hanging basket since winter

Phlox drummondii Annual Phlox most dead but two white ones still trying to bloom in triangle bed

Phlox paniculata 'John Fanick' - budded - new plant - hope it will be pretty!

Platycodon grandiflorus tall Blue Balloon Flower full bloom near verandaAnnieinaustin, Platycodon Balloonflowers

Platycodon 'Miss Tilly' (3 plants), full bloom in Pink Entrance garden and back Yaupon Bed

Plumbago auriculata (two shrubs), just starting to bloom after winter killed them to ground

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

Portulaca - reseeded Moss Roses and Flowering Purslanes just beginning

Rosa 'Belinda's Dream', Pink shrub rose- buds and flowers but pretty ratty looking

Rosa floribunda ‘Julia Child’, butter-yellow rose, small reflush of flowering

Rosa 'Mutabilis' (two good-sized plants) quite a few flowers in front; not too many on container rose near patio

Russelia equisetiformis, Firecracker plant - just starting to show orange plumes

Salvia elegans/Pineapple sage – a few flowers

Salvia farinacea, Mealy Blue sage, wandlike flowers

Salvia greggii, many plants including 'Navajo White', cream, deep rose, true red, cherry red and Orchid-purple - some random flowers

Salvia guaranitica, Majestic blue sage a few flowers

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue' doing okay

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' - two plants - lots of little flowers

Salvia vanhoutii SYN Salvia splendens var 'Van Houttei' has buds! (new plant from Barton Springs Nursery

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

Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’/Dwarf Blue Cushionflower, one of two plants still has a few flowers

Scutellaria suffrutescens, pink skullcap, two plants in Pink Entrance Garden, dependable pink bloomer

Scuttelaria suffrutescens? unlabeled skullcap blooming paler pink in parking strip bed... looks slightly different from other plants

Scutellaria suffrutescens alba? - label said white skullcap and a few flowers confirm it

Scutellaria wrightii, blue skullcap, one blooming in parking strip bed

Sedum, little varieties with white flowers

Stachys byzantina/ Lambs Ears - they want to bloom and sometimes I let them

Tetraneuris scaposa, four nerve daisy Hymenoxys - two plants with a few flowers on each

Teucrium chamaedrya dwarf green germander - lavender pink flowers

Tradescantia fluminensis? smaller bridal veil type plant near steps to veranda

Tradescantia geniculata, groundcover , light bloom

Tradescantia pallida, syn Setcresea pallida/ Purple Heart, quite a few lavender flowers

Verbena bonariensis –blooming wherever they have reseeded

Viola spp– yellow hybrids violas surviving and blooming in a container where they get afternoon shade

Vitex agnus-castus / Chaste tree - full bloom!
Annieinaustin, Vitex agnus castus closeup

Zinnia linearis/ syn Zinnia angustifolia, reseed each year - very small plants beginning to make buds

Saturday, May 15, 2010

GBBD List For May 2010

Here's the list - the main post is here, at the Transplantable Rose


Annieinaustin, garden onion flowerAbelia chinensis/Abelia - white, pink and 'Edward Goucher'

Achillea 'Moonshine', full bloom

Ajuga, unknown species, purple-leaved bugle weed

Allium cepa, garden onions

Aloe saponaria, African aloe AKA Soap aloe

Antirrhinum majus, Yellow snapdragons

Aquilegia chrysantha Yellow columbine

Aquilegia canadensis? Looks like it, anyway

Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Gold' gold cultivar of tropical milkweed

Buddleja lindleyana/ Weeping butterfly bush just starting

Calibrachoa hybrids, annual, from Natural Gardener, purple, rose & terracotta

Capsicum annuum – garden peppers - yay!

Castilleja indivisa, Texas paintbrush, grown as annual and reseeded

Catharanthus roseus - annual vinca- white

Chrysanthemem maximum, Shasta daisies - buds

Clematis unknown hybrid, handful of purple flowers

Consolida ajacis, Larkspur – several plants

Coriandrum sativum., cilantro - left some plants for ladybugs

Cuphea llavea –red & purple ‘Batfaced’

Delosperma cooperi ? Dark pink flowered hardy ice plant - couple of buds- huge patch winterkilled to one small plant

Dendranthema x grandiflora?. - ordinary cushion mums - copper colored plant has buds in several places, blooming muddy pink, dirty white, and plain yellow

Dianthus – several colors of ‘Telstar’ hybrids in assorted containers - ratty but a few flowers

Echinacea purpurea budded

Eucomis unknown species pushed up flower stalk

Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost' - living up to non-stop reputation

Feijowa sellowiana / Pineapple guava in secret garden many flowers; none on patio plant

Gaura lindheimerii ‘The Bride’ several plants

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

Hemerocallis citrina - just sending up stalks

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Best of Friends' from Pam/Digging has buds on two plants

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Devonshire', Austin Daylily Society has buds

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Happy Returns' several blooming stalks

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Pinochio' has buds

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Prairie Blue Eyes' has buds

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Vi's Apricot' has buds and blooms on several plants

Hemerocallis fulva – Ditch daylily from Lori blooming!

Hippeastrum AKA Amaryllis -two red flowers left in bulb garden - might be Red Lion

Hosta 'Krossa Regal' - one stalk

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen' Oakleaf hydrangea - several big flowers

Impatiens walleriana, bedding impatiens- a few plants, all white, no eye

Indigofera amblyantha? /pink false indigo couple of blooming stalks.

Jasminium sambac, Sambac jasmine- just thinking about opening buds

Lathyrus odoratus, sweet peas 'Royal Wedding' amazing flowers from a few seeds
Annieinaustin, white sweet peas

Lavendula 'Goodwin Creek' - new - one flower

Lavandula intermedia 'Provence', many unopened wands

Ledebouria spp Spotted squill, porch plant

Lilium unknown Easter Lily a couple of buds

Lobularia maritime, Sweet alyssum - remnants from winter

Lonicera sempervirens, coral honeysuckle (just a few flowers)

Lupinus texensis, Bluebonnet - a few stragglers

Lycopersicon lycopersicum, tomatoes - buds, blooms and tiny tomatoes

Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' - pops flower every few days

Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina' (two plants), lots of flowers

Melampodium leucanthum / Blackfoot daisy - doing well in sunny borders

Nerium oleander/ double yellow oleander 'Mathilde Ferrier' covered in buds and flowers

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

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

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

Petunias - some dark-violet hybrid blooming in basket since winter

Phlox drummondii Annual Phlox - still blooming in white and peach

Pisum sativum Sugar Snap, sugar snap garden peas -couple of stray flowers

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

Punica granatum, pomegranate - might be 'Wonderful' (secret garden)

Punica granatum 'Nana'/ dwarf pomegranateAnnieianaustin, dwarf pomegranate flower

Rosa floribunda ‘Julia Child’, butter-yellow rose, still some buds and flowers

Rosa 'Mutabilis' front garden nonstop bloom

Rosemarinus officianalis, upright Rosemary

Salvia elegans/Pineapple sage – a few flowers

Salvia farinacea, Mealy Blue sage, wandlike flowers

Salvia greggii, many plants including 'Navajo White', cream, deep rose, true red, cherry red and Orchid-purple

Salvia guaranitica, Majestic blue sage

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'

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

Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’/Dwarf Blue Cushionflower, two plants - light bloom

Scutellaria ovata, Heartleaf skullcap

Scutellaria suffrutescens, pink skullcap, two plants dependable pink bloomer

Scutellaria unlabeled purple blooming skullcap

Sedum, little varieties with white flowers

Stachys byzantina/ Lambs Ears bud stalks

Stachys coccinea/Texas betony, 4 small coral flowers

Tetraneuris scaposa, four nerve daisy Hymenoxys a few flowers

Teucrium fruticans Silver Bush germander a few flowers

Trachaelospermum jasminoides, Star Jasmine, Confederate Jasmine, evergreen vine all budded with white, fragrant flowers. Four vines, on

veranda, side fence, trellis and shed.

Tradescantia fluminensis? smaller bridal veil type plant with white flowers

Tradescantia pallida, syn Setcresea pallida/ Purple Heart, one surviving patch is purple bloom

Verbena bonariensis – they seed around and some are blooming;

Viola spp– a yellow viola and some purple pansies still blooming in containers and hanging baskets

Vitex agnus-castus / Chaste tree has buds

Zinnia –pink hybrid from my friend Ellen, in pink entrance garden

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My Mystery Rose

If you have any idea as to the identity of this rose please let us know! We've tried to find out for a few years from books and the web but failed. We recently took the above blooms out to the Antique Rose Emporium -thanks for the idea, Jean! Jean thought it might be 'Zepherine Drouhin' but when seen together, they weren't the same rose. The person in the A.R.E. office thought it was a modern pink climbing rose rather than an antique one which narrows it down to a few thousand named cultivars, I guess.



This mystery rose was planted sometime after 1979 in a SE facing border along the back wall of our house. When we bought the house in 2004 we didn't know the rose existed - Nandinas and crepe myrtle saplings filled the space. That fall we noticed a couple of thin, thorny wands waving for help over the top of the foliage. Cutting back and digging out revealed weak canes rising up from a knobby base. We shape-pruned, dumped on compost and hoped for the best.
By April 2005 the rose had rebounded enough to make a few flowers so we added a trellis and the rose has rebloomed each spring.

That first April the few flowers were enormous, a clear pink and very fragrant.
There seem to be around 40-45 petals. This rose is half-opened.

The buds are beautiful - high pointed and shapely. The thorns are large but not spaced too closely along the canes. I don't know how to describe the scent but when you walk out the back door at bloomtime you know there are roses blooming - so it's definitely a 'rose' smell.

The leaves are more matte than shiny and rather large. This year the flowers are about 5" in width .. .they've been smaller when April is very hot and dry.

Instead of nandinas and crepe myrtles smothering it, the rose now has hybrid Amarcrinum, pink cuphea and Dwarf mondo grass/Ophiopogon japonicus 'Gyoku Ryu' at its feet. This rose has bloomed every April since 2005 with occasional reblooms in June or in fall... any second flush of roses seems to be related to rain and moderate temperatures.
It's growing against the house under a roof overhang and unless I keep pruning it the canes will grow 8-feet to the top then bend and twist and head for the gate area in search of sunlight. I don't know how large it could grow if left unpruned.

Thanks for any ideas and help with identifying it.

Annie