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 flowers
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
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 blooming
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
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
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
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!
- Annie in Austin
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