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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.

Friday, April 20, 2012

GBBD LIST for APRIL 16, 2012

Here is the complete 2012, April Bloomday list for Annie in Austin, written down for April 16th. The photos may have been taken a few days before or after that date.

In the photo below you can see a succession of blue flowers: at bottom are the earlier blooming bluebonnets with flowers faded and seedpods developing, supplanted by the purple-blue larkspur, just past peak. Soon the heat will end the larkspur flowers, turning them into more seedpods while the silvery Russian Sage extends blue wands and cares not whether the sun is hot. The yellow Four-Nerve daisies are seldom out of bloom. Annieinaustin,larkspur & perovskia

Abelia, might be Abelia X grandiflora, four white-flowering shrubs, buds only

Abelia X grandiflora unknown pink-flowering variety, in bloom

Abelia X grandiflora 'Edward Goucher' smaller pink-flowering shrub in bloom

Abutilon 'Marilyn's Choice' last few flowers, maybe new buds forming

Acca sellowiana, syn Feijowa sellowiana / Pineapple guava, two plants; one is in full bloom and one has couple of budsAnnieinaustin, pineapple guava flowers

Ageratina havanensis, syn Eupatorium havanense /Fragrant white mistflower, buds

Allium cepa - garden onion a few stray bulbs flowered

Antirrhinum majus, yellow snapdragons in containers

Asclepias curassavica, tropical milkweed - in three places, largest plant has Monarch caterpillars

Calibrachoa hybrids, AKA Millionbells, violet-purple flowers in hanging basket

Capsicum annuum, several varieties of garden peppers with buds & small peppers

Carya illinoinensis, 2 Pecan trees - millions of developing male flowers & a few female flowers are visible

Castilleja indivisa, Texas paintbrush, one of three plants has flowers

Chrysactinia mexicana, native yellow-flowering Damianita - 2 plants were in full bloom, now mostly going to seed

Clematis hybrid 'Ramona', on trellis - last few flowers

Clematis unknown hybrid, purple flowers - full, glorious bloom

Consolida ajacis - Larkspur - full bloom everywhere. Most plants are blue-violet with one blooming muddy lavender

Coriandrum sativum., cilantro, annual herb- in bloom with some seeds forming

Cuphea llavea – small pink & lavender form

Delosperma cooperi? Not sure of ID for hot pink flowering Ice Plant

Dianthus – several colors of ‘Telstar’ hybrids in assorted containers

Echinacea purpurea - not sure if they will open pink or white but there are buds

Gaura, unnamed seedling has buds

Graptopetalum paraguayense (Mexican Ghost Plant)- hanging onto the flower stalk from last month

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Vi's Apricot'- many buds on several plants

Hemerocallis fulva – Ditch daylily from Lori - buds

Herbertia lahue- one lone surviving flower bloomed

Hesperaloe parviflora, Red yucca - three enormous wands of coral flowers

Hippeastrum hybrid/ ‘Red Dragon’ amaryllis WOWAnnieinaustin, amaryllis Red Dragon

Hippeastrum unnamed hybrid in bed - 1 stalk

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen' Oakleaf hydrangea - very niceAnnieinaustin,oak leaf hydrangea

Hydrangea X 'Sweet Carol', Bliss series of marcrophylla/serrata crosses -buds

Indigofera amblyantha? /pink false indigo light bloom

Iris siberica, Siberian Iris, blue-violet - in two patches, just lovely

Iris X germanica hybrid passalong from Ellen, later-blooming, grape-scented blue violet is down to the last flowers

Ixia maculata?, unknown species, a couple of pale cream-colored Corn lilies

Justicia betonica? White Shrimp Plant - new bracts & flowers

Justicia brandegeana, Shrimp plant in Secret Garden - a few left

Justicia spicigera/ Mexican Honeysuckle - full bloom

Lantana, unknown varieties upright lavender and trailing white

Lathyrus odoratus, annual sweet peas - two from Nat gardener, dark red & white

Lobularia maritime, Sweet alyssum in containers

Lonicera sempervirens, coral honeysuckle still in flower

Lupinus texensis, Bluebonnet down to last few flowers, mostly seedpods

Lycopersicon lycopersicum, tomatoes blooming

Magnolia figo/AKA Michelia figo Banana Shrub - last flower

Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' buds almost ready

Melampodium leucanthum / Blackfoot daisy, in several borders, blooming for months

Myrtus communis nana/ dwarf Greek myrtle - buds ready to open

Nemophila phacelioides native or Nemophilia menziesii. Baby Blue Eyes. Last few flowers on reseeding annual Reseeder

Nerium oleander/ double yellow oleander 'Mathilde Ferrier' is alive and it even has flowers but the plant is half the size it was in 2010

Oxalis crassipes 'Alba' couple of stray flowers

Oxalis regnellii 'Atropurpurea', blooming near veranda steps

Papaver unk sp annual poppies, a few coral pink reseeded from last year

Pavonia lasiopetala, pink rock rose just beginning

Pelargonium grossularioides, coconut-scented geranium has tiny buds and flowers

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

Petunia multiflora? surprise appearance by reseeding annual. It skipped 2011

Philadelphus coronarius, Mock orange - buds ready to open

Phlox drummondii Annual Phlox - white, 21st Century Hybrids, starting to look ratty

Phlox subulata/Creeping phlox in lavender blue - still in bloom

Punica granatum, pomegranate - might be 'Wonderful' has 18 flowersAnnieinaustin, pomegranate flowers

Punica granatum 'Nana'/ dwarf pomegranates, container near back door in bloom & fruit

Rosa banksiae 'Lutea'/ Lady Banks rose - still a few buds opening to new flowers but mostly done

Rosa 'Belinda's Dream', Pink shrub rose- been blooming wonderfully for weeks, now down to a dozen buds

Rosa ‘Champagne’ mini rose, delicate pink , two plants, both have flowers but one plant looks happier

Rosa 'Climbing Iceberg', white floribunda - many, many flowers on Sweetheart arch.

Rosa 'Flawless' - pair of pink mini-roses in container from VDBD spring 2011 - one bloom

Rosa floribunda ‘Julia Child’, butter-yellow rose- - been blooming wonderfully for weeks, now down to a dozen budsannieinaustin, end of julia child rose bloom cycle

Rosa 'Mutabilis' (two good-sized plants, one in container, one inground) still making buds and blooms

Rosa 'Red Cascade', mini-climber bought in spring 2010 just starting first bloom cycle for 2012

Rosa, unknown variety/ tall pink climber near gate - has been in off-on bloom. Now has a few more buds

Rosa /unnamed apricot mini-rose from DD was in bloom earlier in month - now down to faded flowers

Rosa - unnamed orange mini-rose came with house - best it has ever been in 8 years

Rosemarinus officianalis, upright Rosemary a few stray flowers

Russelia equisetiformis, Firecracker plant - a few flowers

Salvia coccinea, white Hummingbird sage - nice drift blooming along patio edge

Salvia coccinea ‘Coral Nymph’, coral pink Hummingbird sage- blooming in a couple of places

Salvia discolor, Andean Silver Sage, couple of flowers

Salvia elegans/Pineapple sage 1 lived-over plant in bloom

Salvia farinacea, Mealy Blue sage, wandlike flowers mixed in with larkspur

Salvia greggii, many plants in bloom including 'Navajo White', cream, deep rose, true red, cherry
red and Orchid-purpleannieinaustin, salvia greggii with blackfoot daisies

Salvia guaranitica, Majestic blue sage started last week- looks good

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue' - started blooming in back bed a few days ago; front bed lagging behind

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' - 1 original plant & 3 started from cuttings; all four have flowers

Salvia officinalis - cooking sage in bloom

Salvia roemeriana /Cedar sage, red flowers in shade. When I bought this salvia it was a good-sized clump in a large container. Three seasons here have reduced this native to two tiny bits of leaves with some buds & a few flowers

Salvia vanhoutii SYN Salvia splendens var 'Van Houttei' from BSG, in holding container, has a few flowers

Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’/Dwarf Blue Cushionflower, in bloom

Scutellaria ovata, Heartleaf skullcap - have it in 3 places - one plant has buds

Scutellaria suffrutescens, pink skullcap, two plants dependable pink bloomer, just beginning

Scutellaria wrightii? blue skullcap one in parkway, one in front bed, both in full bloom

Sedum, several unknown with white flowers

Spiraea cantoniensis - guessing name for long-leaved Bridal Wreath spiraeas - last few flowers

Spiraea X vanhouteii guessing name for rounder-leaved spiraeas - last few flowers

Tetraneuris scaposa, four nerve daisy Hymenoxys, 3 plants in bloom

Trachaelospermum jasminoides, Star Jasmine, Confederate Jasmine, evergreen vine with white, fragrant flowers. Four vines, on veranda, side fence, Sweetheart trellis and shed, all with flowers

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

Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate' in yaupon bed, flowers open early, close in midday

Viola spp– various hybrids of Pansies and violas in containers and hanging baskets - down to a few flowers

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