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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, May 25, 2012

GBBD List for May 25, 2012

This is a reasonably accurate list of what was in bloom in my garden today with reasonably accurate botanical names for the plants. For the main Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day for Three Sisters post please go to my Transplantable Rose Blog

Abelia X grandiflora (best guess) Five shrubs planted by a previous owner, all in bloom

Abelia X grandiflora unknown variety, one medium-sized pink shrub planted by us, has flowers

Abelia X grandiflora 'Edward Goucher' smaller pink shrub planted by us, has flowers

Abutilon hybrid, pale pink color. New plant just beginning to bloom

Ageratina havanensis, syn Eupatorium havanense /Fragrant white mistflower - three plants in bud/bloom

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii, Flame acanthus from Pam/Digging is in full bloom; 2 new plants added Nov 2011 not doing anything yet

Antirrhinum majus, Yellow snapdragons, in place since mid-winter, still a few flowers but it's getting hot

Asclepias curassavica, tropical milkweed, some lived over from last year, some self-seeded, many plants with buds or flowers

Aster frikartii 'Wonder of Staffa'. Three surviving plants in different borders - one has a few flowers

Buddleja lindleyana/ Weeping butterfly bush A few flowers but the area has become more shady.
WARNING NOTE (April 2012 A reader in San Antonio advises that this variety of Buddleja has become invasive in her garden, ruining flowerbeds and coming up everywhere and that it is almost impossible to dig up. That hasn't happened here but it is definitely something to consider before planting it! )

Calibrachoa hybrids, annual in hanging basket looking good

Callicarpa americana, American Beautyberry, tiny flowers that will become purple berries beloved by Mockingbirds. For some weird reason sometimes called "French Mulberry"   

Canna X generalis 'City of Portland' - I brought the roots from Illinois in 1999 and some years they do not flower. This year they've consented to bloom in the Secret Garden

 Capsicum annuum – garden peppers have flowers and fruit

Capsicum annuum /wild bird peppers, not sure of name - many many kinds including Chile pequin, petine. Tiny flowers and tiny peppers

Castilleja indivisa, Texas paintbrush, grown as annual, a few straggly flowers

Chrysactinia mexicana, native yellow-flowering Damianita reblooming after shearing seedheads

Chrysanthemem maximum, Shasta daisies almost done but they were pretty!

Conoclinium greggii, Gregg’s Mistflower - closely related to C. coelestinium, the mistflower I grew in Illinois, but leaves are quite different. It's blooming lightly in front

Consolida ajacis, Larkspur, annual - dozens of plants have gone to seed but a few plants still have flowers

Coreopsis 'Crème Brulee' /Coreopsis, just budding now

Coriandrum sativum., cilantro, annual herb - most gone to seed, a couple of flowers where the stem is in shade

Cosmos sulphureus, reseeding annual, only a couple of plants with a couple of flowers

Cuphea llavea – small pink & lavender form in bloom

Cuphea llavea –red & purple ‘Batfaced’ - in bloom

Datura inoxia(?) appeared in patio pot - has a new flower every few evenings

Dendranthema x grandiflora?. - ordinary cushion mums - some buds and a few rusty yellow flowers open on one plant

Echinacea purpurea, Purple Coneflower - see one flower

Feijowa sellowiana / Pineapple guava, two plants  - one has the last couple of flowers

Gaura lindheimerii - all the original plants died but a couple of seedlings survived, now have buds or flowers.

Helianthus, unknown, gigantic, annual sunflower - no flowers but buds

Hemerocallis citrina- had one big plant and 2 small divisions. Main plant died, but second plant had one flower a couple of days ago - has buds swelling.

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Best of Friends' from Pam/Digging - this one likes where it was planted... so many flowers!

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Devonshire', Austin Daylily Society - huge, creamy yellow flowers have been opening this past week, one or two a day

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Prairie Blue Eyes'- what a great plant - so glad it lived to bloom again!

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Vi's Apricot'- several plants of this dwarf daylily, now past prime flowering but still have blooms and buds

Hesperaloe parviflora, Red yucca - long wands of shrimpy-colored flowers.

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen' Oakleaf hydrangea - new flowers open and old flowers drying sort of dusty pink that looks pretty cool with the 'Coral Nymph' hummingbird sage growing nearby

Hydrangea X 'Sweet Carol', Bliss series of marcrophylla/serrata crosses  - YES! Was just a small piece that hasn't bloomed in years. I moved it to deeper shade & it not only lived through summer of hell 2011, it has 3 flower-heads this spring

Indigofera amblyantha? /pink false indigo - light bloom in Secret Garden

Justicia spicigera/ Mexican Honeysuckle- down to a few orange blooms

Lagerstroemia indica, hot pink crepe myrtles (6 trees) - many buds and a few moldy pink flowers

Lagerstroemia x hybrida ‘Acoma’ white crepe myrtles- see a few buds forming on top of the two trees but nothing open yet

Lantana, unknown varieties upright lavender and trailing white - non-stop in front

Lathyrus odoratus, annual sweet peas - down to one white flower and a few pods on drying vines

Lavandula intermedia 'Provence', main plant died but two small ones have a couple of flowers

Leucophyllum frutescens/ Texas sage AKA Barometer bush AKA Cenizo – solid with magenta-purple flowers... this does not mean it will rain... it means it's too darned humid!

Lonicera sempervirens, coral honeysuckle - couple of flowers

Lycopersicon lycopersicum, tomatoes- blooming and making fruit. Hope we get some of them!

Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' - right now it has some buds, a few open flowers and spent flowers holding browned petals

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii/Turkscap or Red Wax Mallow blooming in center back and front woodland area

Melampodium leucanthum / Blackfoot daisy, in several beds, don't look wonderful but are alive and have flowers

Monarda 'Peter's Purple' - a division given to me this spring by fellow Austin Garden Blogger  Pam Penick is still young but has a couple of flowers. This newer Beebalm is supposed to take humidity without the mildew... so far, very good!  

Myrtus communis nana/ dwarf Greek myrtle - tiny white flowers on tips of branches

Ocimum basilicum, Basil - not supposed to have flowers! Snip, snip!

Origanum majorana, Sweet marjoram- flowers and seed pods

Osmanthus fragrans/Sweet olive four shrubs, winter-blooming but one in container popped a couple of flowers

Oxalis crassipes 'Alba' - bright green leaves with white flowers, blooming in a couple of places

Oxalis regnellii 'Atropurpurea' (synonym triangularis) dark purple leaves with lilac-pink flowers blooming here and there

Pavonia lasiopetala, pink rock rose - blooms but is always mildewed.

Pelargonium hybrids– bedding geraniums  in pots near front steps

Pelargonium grossularioides, coconut-scented geranium - tiny flowers in hanging pot

Pelargonium hybrid, 'Fantasia Salmon', zonal geranium in breakfast room window since 2006 - continues to bloom & amaze me.

Perovskia atriplicifolia, Russian Sage in full bloom in a couple of borders

Petunia multiflora? Old-fashioned reseeding petunia with magenta-lilac flowers

Phlox drummondii Annual Phlox - barely hanging on with a few white flowers

Piper auritum/Hoja Santa or Rootbeer Plant  from fellow Austin Garden Blogger East Side Patch - one plant has survived and now has a few flower

Plumbago auriculata - many pale blue flowers

Plumeria unknown species/Frangipani, rose red - pretty sure this bud is on the rose-red plumeria but it could be the pale yellow one.

Poliomintha bustamanta, Mexican oregano all three plants blooming like mad

Punica granatum 'Nana'/ dwarf pomegranates, two plants in containers bloom & make fruit off-and-on

Rosa 'Belinda's Dream', Pink shrub rose- just forming buds for another round

Rosa floribunda  ‘Julia Child’,  butter-yellow rose  - new flush of buds forming

Rosa 'Mutabilis' (two plants, one fairly large shrub in a container, one huge shub planted in the ground). Both have buds; the front plant also has many flowers

Rosa 'Red Cascade', a climbing mini-rose bought in spring 2010 - has both buds and blooms near patio

Rosa - unidentified orange mini-rose came with house - just opened another flush of flowers

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus' - Prostrate Rosemary, covered in pale blue flowers

Russelia equisetiformis, Firecracker plant - full bloom near magnolia

Salvia coccinea, red Hummingbird sage - buds on a couple of plants that may turn out to be red

Salvia coccinea, white Hummingbird sage, has seeded all along the edge of the patio and I've scattered seed in other beds. Very flowery right now!

Salvia coccinea vivid salmon Hummingbird sage, appeared last year and again this year. 

Salvia coccinea ‘Coral Nymph’, coral pink Hummingbird several plants in different places

Salvia elegans/Pineapple sage 1 plant alive with a few flowers

Salvia farinacea, Mealy Blue sage, wandlike flowers in a few borders. Needs to be snipped!

Salvia greggii, many plants including 'Navajo White', Cream, newly planted Salmon, newly planted Lilac Pink with White, Deep Rose, True Red, Cherry Red and Orchid-purple - in many beds & all different sun/shade exposures. I cannot imagine gardening in Austin without it.

Salvia guaranitica, Majestic blue sage, blooming in gateside garden

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue', oh, how I love these blue flowers! In bloom front & center back

Salvia leucantha, Mexican Bush Sage - not a lot of flowers, but is blooming

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'  blooming hugely in front, center back & secret gardens

Salvia officinalis - cooking sage has flowers

Salvia regla/Mountain sage - one of two plants in bloom, red-orange flowers

Salvia X 'Nuevo Leon' blooming near front steps

Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’/Dwarf Blue Cushionflower, a few flowers

Scutellaria ovata, Heartleaf skullcap - one flower stalk left

Scutellaria suffrutescens, pink skullcap, two plants dependable pink bloomer in full bloom

Scutellaria suffrutescens alba? - label says white skullcap- looks more cream-color

Scutellaria unlabeled purplish pink skullcap in parkway- smothered by Rock Rose - still trying to bloom

Scutellaria wrightii?  blue skullcap one in parkway, one in front bed have flowers

Sedum, little varieties with white flowers

Tagetes lucida, Mexican Mint Marigold, Texas Tarragon, one of 3 plants has flowers

Tetraneuris scaposa,  four nerve daisy Hymenoxys, 3 plants - looking floppy & ratty but still have flowers

Tradescantia pallida, syn Setcresea pallida/ Purple Heart, many lavender flowers in several beds

Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate' in yaupon bed, still making a few flowers but is ready to give up and go dormant

Verbena bonariensis – reseeder - has popped up here and there with a few flowers

Vitex agnus-castus / Chaste tree in full bloom