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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

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