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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.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

GBBD LIST for October 15, 2011

Some things are dead and some alive and some in bloom. On October 15, 2011 these plants had flowers:

Abelia chinensis/Abelia, 3 of four white shrubs have some flowers, but the plants damaged by fence repair 2010 and by last winter's cold are still spindly.

Abelia chinensis 'Edward Goucher' smaller pink shrub, has some bloom

Ageratina havanensis, fragrant white mistflower; three plants in bud... not quite in bloom

Anisacanthus quadrifidus, Flame acanthus, very drought tolerant native, still producing small orange flowers.

Asclepias curassavica, tropical milkweeds - I let many seedlings grow for possible monarch visitation - there are now a few buds & flowers

Buddleja lindleyana/ Weeping butterfly bush - a few flowers in shade

Capsicum annuum /wild bird peppers, Chile pequin- couple of flowers, quite a few tiny peppers formed

Clematis unknown hybrid, purple flowers - leaves mostly brown but has 1 flower & 2 buds

Clerodendrum ugandense – Blue butterfly flower. AKA Clerodendrum myricoides 'Ugandense' AKA Rotheca myricoides 'Ugandense'. Only part of the large container plant bought 2010 lived through last winter, but that part is now blooming well. The original passalong plant from 2008 froze, too. It regrew slowly after winter, now has buds. A cutting started last winter just opened its first flowers; another cutting has its first buds.

Clitoria ternatea- annual vine-the Blue Butterfly Pea, quite a few flowers

Conoclinium greggii, Gregg’s Mistflower - full bloom, covered in butterflies

Cosmos sulphureus, reseeding annual; oldest plants die and new ones sprout up... some flowers

Cuphea llavea – small pink & lavender form - doing very well this year

Cuphea llavea –red & purple ‘Batfaced’ - one plant just started to rebloom. Other one died

Dicliptera suberecta Uraguayan firecracker plant also called Mexican Hummingbird plant- original plant died; smaller rooted cutting has a couple of flowers.

Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost', 4 plants with flowers - none huge but OK.

Evolvulus glomeratus, Blue Daze - one in patio container has flowers blooming well

Gaura lindheimerii. All pink gaura dead, most white gaura dead. Sole surviving seedling of ‘The Bride’ has a few buds

Impatiens walleriana, bedding impatiens - white impatiens - one plant in hanging basket survived somehow

Ipomoea quamoclit, Cypress vine, reseeding annual - in bloom

Justicia spicigera/ Mexican Honeysuckle- has very nice bell-shaped flowers on green shrubby plant

Lagerstroemia indica - basic pink crepe myrtle - a few flowers here and there.

Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba', purple-flowering selection of crepe myrtle. The Two-year old tree is doing OK, has a couple of flowers; newer one is very, very stressed.

Lantana, unknown varieties upright lavender and trailing white, in bloom in 3 front beds

Lavandula intermedia 'Provence', Lavender; original plant died, rooted cutting has a couple of blossoms

Lycopersicon lycopersicum, tomatoes - 'Mexico Midget' still alive and has a few flowers

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii/Turkscap or Red Wax Mallow - one plant doing great, one just a few flowers. White ones doing zip

Melampodium leucanthum / Blackfoot daisy, good in back, small with few flowers in front bed.

Osmanthus fragrans, two of 3 Sweet Olive shrubs in fragrant bloom, although leaves look ratty.

Oxalis crassipes 'Alba', green clover-shaped leaves with a few white flowers

Oxalis regnellii 'Atropurpurea', burgundy purple, clover-shaped leaves and pinkish flowers. A few flowers here and there

Pavonia lasiopetala, pink rock rose - quite a few flowers in parking strip.

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

Perovskia atriplicifolia, flowers on only one of the plants

Plumbago auriculata (two shrubs) - one doing OK, the other down to one spindly branch

Poliomintha bustamanta, Mexican oregano, only one of 3 plants has flowers

Portulaca - 1 reseeded flowering Purslane

Punica granatum 'Nana' Both dwarf pomegranates are in containers - each has flowers & a couple of ornamental fruits

Rosa {minirose} 'Champagne' one bud.

Rosa 'Belinda's Dream', sudden burst of foliage, buds, flowers

Rosa 'Julia Child' a few buds and a couple of flowers. They did not develop fully... smaller size and fewer petals

Rosa mutabilis, Butterfly rose, one in front, one in container, both have buds and a couple of blooms

Rosa 'Red Cascade', mini-climber - couple of flowers after rain 9 days ago

Rosmarinus officinalis, upright rosemary in container, popped a few flowers

Russelia equisetiformis, Firecracker plant - finally a few flowers on original plant; second one died

Salvia coccinea, reseeding red & dark coral Hummingbird sage this morning there were many flowers on several plants - this afternoon the large plant in a container has been stripped of petals by finches

Salvia coccinea, white Hummingbird sage seeded on patio edges, several plants in bloom

Salvia coccinea 'Coral Nymph' a couple of flowers in Secret Garden

Salvia darcyi, Galena or Galeana sage, just starting to flower in container

Salvia farinacea, Mealy Blue sage, some flowers on ratty plants

Salvia greggii, most plants in back are OK with quite a few flowers but ones in front not so hot

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' two surviving plants - just starting to rebloom, shape and foliage really wrecked

Salvia regla - Mountain Sage, two plants in full orange bloom in shade of pecan

Scutellaria indica 'Dorota Blue' - split plant last fall; part in container has some flowers in shade on patio but part in ground near shed barely alive.

Scutellaria suffrutescens, pink skullcap, two plants - bare spots but have quite a few flowers

Tecoma capensis Cape honeysuckle, starter plant in container has been in bloom for a few weeks; hummingbirds love it

Tetraneuris scaposa, Four nerve daisy - just a few flowers but hey! 3 plants are alive.

Tradescantia geniculata, groundcover one flower on survivor plant

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

Zephyranthes 'Labuffarosea', Pink rainlily - couple near fron sidewalk

Zinnia linearis/ syn Zinnia angustifolia, one ratty plant with a couple of flowers

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