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 rain
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 months
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 plants
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 month
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
- Annie in Austin
- 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.