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Monday, July 16, 2012

GBBD List for July 16, 2012

This post was written by Annie in Austin for her Annie's Addendum blog

The Post for July Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is at my main blog, The Transplantable Rose.

This is the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, July 2012 LIST, with my best tries for current botanical names of  what was in bloom in my garden on July 16th:

Abelia X grandiflora (guessing)/Five shrubs planted by a previous owner - buds and/or bloom

Abelia X grandiflora unknown variety, one medium-sized pink shrub planted by us - buds & bloom

Abelia X grandiflora 'Edward Goucher' smaller pink shrub planted by us -  in light bloom

Amarcrinum ‘Fred Howard’ Plant at center back wall has 2 blooming stalks.

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii, Flame acanthus. The plant from Pam/Digging blooms lighter orange

while 2 new plants added Nov 2011 bloom in a darker red-orange color

Antirrhinum majus, Yellow snapdragons - left from winter, flowers gone but looks like they are making new buds

Asclepias curassavica, tropical milkweed - has reseeded all over- many flowers and one caterpillar

Bauhinia forficata(?) Orchid tree, Pate de Vaca - frozen back to ground in February 2011. Has struggled up from roots and has formed buds

Buddleja lindleyana/ Weeping butterfly bush, a few flowers (April 7, 2012 A garden friend in San Antonio, Linda Maldonado, advises that this plant has become invasive in her garden, ruining flowerbeds and coming up everywhere, and when dug up it responds by coming up worse that before.)

Calibrachoa hybrids, annual Blooming in hanging basket

Canna americanallis 'Bengal Tiger' syn 'Praetoria' - lost one clump but saved a few roots in patio container- now has a big bud stalk

Canna X generalis burgundy leaved - bloomed earlier, just one remaining flower

Capsicum annuum – garden peppers - still blooming and making fruit

Capsicum annuum /wild bird peppers, not sure of name - many many kinds including Chile pequin, petine - buds & fruit

Clematis unknown hybrid, purple flowers - has 1 bud after 8 days of rain

Clerodendrum ugandense
– Blue butterfly flower.Rotheca myricoides 'Ugandense' (Royal Horticultural Society says it's Clerodendrum myricoides 'Ugandense', nicknamed Blue Cat's Whiskers; Pam/Digging & Dave's Garden calls it Rotheca myricoides 'Ugandense'), one plant has a few flowers, 2 plants have buds. 2 others only leaves.

Conoclinium greggii, Gregg’s Mistflower - closely related to C. coelestinium, the mistflower I grew in Illinois, but leaves are quite different. Bedraggled but the flowers keep coming and the Queen Butterflies are happy

Coreopsis 'Crème Brulee' /Coreopsis one surviving patch in full bloom

Cosmos sulphureus, reseeding annual - slow to start but now in bloom

Crocosmia, unidentified may be ‘Lucifer’ - did not bloom last couple of year but has many flowers now

Cucumis sativus, Cucumber, var "Sweet Marketmore" - first try for cucumbers - harvested 10 big cucumbers so far

Cuphea llavea – small pink & lavender form - blooming in border and in hanging basket

Cuphea llavea –red & purple ‘Batfaced’ - blooming

Datura inoxia(?) in border container- opens a creamy white trumpet flower every couple of days

Dianthus – several colors of ‘Telstar’ hybrids in assorted containers - a few flowers

Dicliptera suberecta Uraguayan firecracker plant also called Mexican Hummingbird plant - original plant died but a cutting I had taken is growing and has a few flowers. Still pretty wimpy.

Echinacea purpurea
, Purple Coneflower - most original plants died but small starter plant & some seedlings are blooming here and there

Gaura lindheimerii - last year the original plants of ‘The Bride’ and an unlabeled tall rose-pink variety (‘Pink Cloud’?) died, but seedlings that look like a cross have appeared and bloomed

Habranthus tubispathus, copper lilies, yellow rainlilies - saw a few buds this morning

Helianthus, unknown, tall annual reseeding sunflower - beaten down by rain, shredded by squirrels but still have some flowers

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Best of Friends' from Pam/Digging - a new bud stalk emerging

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Pinochio' - one flower on a new bud stalk

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Vi's Apricot' - there are several divisions so odds are good at least one has a flower each day

Hibiscus coccineus
, Texas Star hibiscus ZZ - only 1 bloom so far this year, new buds were forming but rain or animals cracked the stem. I don't know if they can still bloom

Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Blue River II' - had flowers a few weeks ago, now making new buds

Indigofera amblyantha? /pink false indigo -  a few flowers & new bud stems

Ipomoea quamoclit, Cypress vine, reseeding annual - mostly foliage but a few flowers

Justicia betonica? White Shrimp Plant - not so much in bloom as holding onto flower brachts

Justicia spicigera/ Mexican Honeysuckle - a real trouper, not out of bloom for months

Lagerstroemia indica, hot pink crepe myrtles (6 trees) - off and on bloom - largest flush of flowers may be over

Lagerstroemia x hybrida ‘Acoma’ white crepe myrtles (2 trees) still flowering but most buds gone to seed

Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba', 2 trees, either side of arch, reddish-purple flowers planted 2010 & 2011 - buds and blooms on small trees

Lagerstroemia x fauriei
'Zuni' new spring 2011 - many buds, none open yet

Lantana, unknown varieties upright lavender and trailing white have many, many tiny blooms

Leucophyllum frutescens/ Texas sage AKA Barometer bush AKA Cenizo – one shrub in full bloom

Liriope muscari/
Lilyturf, in long lines all over the place - see a few flower wands beginning

Lycopersicon lycopersicum, tomatoes - a few flowers but think they're ready to quit

Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina', short-lived reseeding perennial - some plants only leaves, some have flowers

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii/Turkscap or Red Wax Mallow, in three different areas, all in large bloom

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii
, white form of Turkscap/Wax Mallow has one flower

Melampodium leucanthum / Blackfoot daisy, in several beds, frequently annual - many flowers in back, some in front

Myrtus communis nana/ dwarf Greek myrtle - main flowering over but it has popped a few new blooms

Ocimum basilicum, Basil - blooms until pinched

Oxalis crassipes 'Alba' (dotted around and in containers) some blooming

Oxalis regnellii 'Atropurpurea' (dotted around and in containers) some blooming, some dormant

Pavonia lasiopetala, pink rock rose - a couple of flowers

Pelargonium grossularioides, coconut-scented geranium - tiny odd flowers keep coming

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

Perovskia atriplicifolia, Russian Sage (two beds) all in wandy bloom

Petunia multiflora? annual - reseeds occasionally and this year's seeding is blooming magenta

Phlox paniculata, Grandma’s white phlox, one surviving plant has a couple of flower heads

Plumbago auriculata (two shrubs) - one many flowers, other plant not doing so well

Plumeria unknown species/Frangipani, rose red, In Bloom this year!

Poliomintha bustamanta, Mexican oregano (3 plants) in bedraggled bloom

Punica granatum 'Nana'/ dwarf pomegranates, two plants in containers - off/on flowers, something takes fruit from plant in secret garden

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


Rosa floribunda  ‘Julia Child’,  butter-yellow rose has a few new buds

Rosa 'Red Cascade', mini-climber bought in spring 2010 has clusters of small, red double flowers on long canes

Russelia equisetiformis, Firecracker plant - doing well with many flowers

Salvia coccinea, white Hummingbird sage - reseeder, many plants, many flowers, many buds

Salvia coccinea ‘Coral Nymph’- reseeder, coral pink Hummingbird sage - couple of flowers but many buds

Salvia coccinea - reseeder, intense coral rather than delicate like 'Coral Nymph'. They are visited by hummingbirds every day

Salvia farinacea, Mealy Blue sage, wandlike flowers - cut back some that had gone to seed, others making new flowers

Salvia greggii, many plants including 'Navajo White', cream, deep rose, true red, cherry red and Orchid-purple - most have at least light bloom, some (like the orchid-purple) have many blossoms

Salvia guaranitica,
Majestic blue sage - not many flowers but quite a few buds

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue' - just a few flowers on unhappy looking plants

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'  several plants in large bloom

Salvia regla/Mountain sage - two plants - one has a single blossom

Salvia X 'Nuevo Leon' (several borders and containers), one plant has buds

Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’/Dwarf Blue Cushionflower, beaten down, has one flower and several buds

Scaevola aemula,
blue fan flower, annual for hanging baskets, in bloom

Scutellaria indica 'Dorota Blue' Blue evergreen groundcover skullcap in patio container- blooming blue

Scutellaria suffrutescens, cherry pink skullcap, two plants dependable pink bloomer- light bloom

Scutellaria suffrutescens alba? - label says white skullcap - light bloom

Scutellaria unlabeled purplish pink skullcap in parkway - one bedraggled flower

Scutellaria wrightii?  blue skullcap one in parkway, one in front bed, beaten down but still blooming

Tetraneuris scaposa, Four nerve Daisy, Hymenoxys, 3 plants - ratty looking with a few flowers

Tradescantia geniculata, groundcover - a solid sea of green with airy white flowers floating over the top

Tradescantia pallida, syn Setcresea pallida/ Purple Heart, many lavender flowers, in the ground and in hanging baskets

Verbena bonariensis – reseeder - here and there

Vitex agnus-castus / Chaste tree - was deadheaded and is reblooming

Zephyranthes drumondii AKA Cooperia pedunculata Cooper's Rainlily - see buds coming up

Zephyranthes 'Labuffarosea', AKA Zephyranthes 'La Bufa Rosa' Pink rainlily - up & flowering all over, even in places I forgot it grew