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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, February 15, 2012

GBBD LIST for February 15, 2012

With only a few freezes and no temperatures below 27°F, plants that usually are not blooming in February are taking a bow for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day over at Carol's May Dreams Garden Blog.

Abutilon hybridum 'Marilyn's Choice', a couple of flowers & quite a few buds on a rather spindly plant

Antirrhinum majus, Yellow annual snapdragons in containers

Camellia japonica 'Morning Glow' double white camellia, a few flowers, browned by cold rainAnnieinAustin ruined Camellia Morning Glow

Camellia sasanqua 'Shishi Gashira', one final flower and an unopened bud

Cyclamen persicum/ florist’s cyclamen hybrid - the white plant seen in January gave up for now but the red one has a few flowers

Dianthus, annual - buds only on plants in containers

Gaura lindheimeri, although the original plants died last summer, an unnamed seedling has a few flowers in a pink so pale that it is almost white.

Gelsemium sempervirens , Carolina Jessamine. Severely pruned and now has flowers.

Hyacinth 'Woodstock'/ purple fragrant hyacinth - the flowers are no longer large, but they've returned for years

Ilex antherone? Chinese holly - buds are swelling

Iris albicans? Simple white, early bearded iris; first flowers ruined by cold rain, more bud stalks rising

Justicia brandegeana, Shrimp plant in Secret Garden, been in bloom for monthsAnnieinAustin, Shrimp Plant Justicia brandageana

Justicia spicigera/ Mexican Honeysuckle, part of plant lost tips to cold; other part in bloom

Lantana, unknown varieties upright lavender and trailing white in front borders

Lobularia maritime, annual Sweet alyssum tucked into containers

Lonicera sempervirens, coral honeysuckle; vine had much dieback. Is now leafing out and opening flowers

Loropetalum chinense/ Chinese Witch Hazel, Chinese Fringe Flower, Razzle-Dazzle, one large plant in bloom for months and a newer plant now covered in flowers

Lupinus texensis, Bluebonnet, one open flower with more buds showing

Matthiola, unknown hybrid, annual fragrant stock, one small plant in container - either lived over or self-seeded

Melampodium leucanthum / Blackfoot daisy, in several beds, buds ready to go

Narcissus, unnamed yellow daffodil, came with house. Moved around as new borders are made; now blooming in 4 beds

Osmanthus fragrans/Sweet olive four shrubs, three established, one in container, all covered in flowers and smelling wonderful

Oxalis crassipes 'Alba' , green leaved, in many places, some with white flowers

Oxalis regnellii 'Atropurpurea' , burgundy leaves, in many places, some with pale purple flowers

Pelargonium hybrid, 'Fantasia Salmon', zonal geranium in breakfast room window - six years old and back in bloom again.

Phlox subulata/Creeping phlox in lavender blue - a couple of stray flowers

Phlox subulata/Creeping phlox in magenta pink - just bought in bloom and planted

Rosa floribunda ‘Julia Child’, butter-yellow rose, one open rose, several buds showing color on two plantsAnnieinAustin, Julia Child Rose Feb 2012

Rosa 'Mutabilis', Chinese Butterfly rose; one plant in patio container has a few flowers & some buds. The enormous plant in the ground is fabulous!

Rosemarinus officianalis, upright Rosemary in bloom and making bees happy

Salvia coccinea, white Hummingbird sage, barely died back in winter - now reblooming near patio

Salvia elegans/Pineapple sage 1 plant alive and in bloom in patio container

Salvia greggii, autumn sage, a couple of flowers on cherry red plant in parkway

Schlumbergera truncata, Thanksgiving cactus, last 2 pale pink flowers in breakfast room

Sophora secudiflora SYN Calia secundiflora Texas Mountain Laurel - one plant of four has many, many buds and a few open florets; other 3 have only leaves.

Spiraea cantoniensis - guessing the correct botanical name for a long-leaved Bridal Wreath spiraea near back fence - buds just showing hint of opening

Tetraneuris scaposa, four nerve daisy Hymenoxys, 3 plants in bud and bloom month after monthAnnieinAustin,Tetraneuris,Four-Nerve Daisy

Teucrium fruticans Silver Bush germander, now in full bloom in parkway, lavender-blue flowers

Viola spp– unnamed hybrids of Pansies in a container and a hanging basket

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