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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.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

GBBD List for July, 2013

The list is a day late - July 16, 2013. These are my (Annie in Austin's) best tries at the complete list with correct botanical names of what was in bloom and bud in my garden today.

BLOOM DAY LIST for July 16, 2013

Abelia x grandiflora (guessing on species) Four Abelia shrubs have at least a few flowers

Abelia x grandiflora unknown variety, one medium-sized pink shrub planted by us, some flowers

Abelia x grandiflora 'Edward Goucher' smaller pink shrub planted by us, some flowers

Abutilon hybridum, unnamed Pink, flowering maple, buds only

Amarcrinum ‘Fred Howard’ (xAmarcrinum 'Fred Howard'), two plants in bloom, each with 2 stalks

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii, super-tough, native Flame acanthus, 3 plants in full bloom (1 plant from Pam/Digging blooming lighter orange; 2 new plants added Nov 2011 blooming darker red-orange color)

Asclepias curassavica, tropical milkweed in different beds, all in bloom 

Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Gold' gold cultivar of tropical milkweed, blooming well

Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Deep Red' cultivar of tropical milkweed, a few flowers

Bauhinia forficata(?) Orchid tree, Pate de Vaca, buds now visible

Buddleja lindleyana/ Weeping butterfly bush, a few flowers

Calibrachoa hybrids, different colors of this annual flower, in hanging baskets and containers, in bloom

Callisia fragrans, Grandfather's Pipe or Basket Plant, frost tender, blooming in hanging basket under loquat tree

Capsicum annuum, garden peppers, couple of flowers

Capsicum annuum, native/wild bird peppers, not sure of name - many many kinds including Chile pequin, petine, a few berries & scattering of flower buds

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides/Hardy Plumbago, AKA Blue Leadwort, one little flower

Clerodendrum ugandense, Blue butterfly flower. Buds have formed on the plant in the triangle garden
(Royal Horticultural Society says it's Clerodendrum myricoides 'Ugandense', nicknamed Blue Cat's Whiskers; Pam/Digging & Dave's Garden calls it Rotheca myricoides 'Ugandense'),

Conoclinium greggii, native Gregg’s Mistflower - a few flowers in front butterfly bed

Coreopsis 'Crème Brulee', selection of native Coreopsis one surviving patch

Cosmos sulphureus, reseeding annual - some orange flowers but bedraggled looking

Crocosmia, unidentified species, may be ‘Lucifer’. Flowering bulb related to iris. Still has some orange flowers - was fabulous a couple of weeks ago

Cuphea 'David Verity', orange Cigar flower, a couple of flowers

Cuphea llavea – small pink & lavender form, possibly 'Twinkle Pink' , blooming nicely

Cuphea llavea –red & purple ‘Batfaced’ - excellent right now

Cuphea llavea 'Georgia Scarlet', red-orange & purple flowers, a few flowers

Datura inoxia(?) reseeding annual Angel's Trumpet, a couple of plants. One was in bloom yesterday,  only buds today

Delosperma cooperi? Ice plant on herb patio - two purple flowers

Dianthus – red ‘Telstar’ hybrids in glazed container

Dianthus, annual, red and white in container

Dicliptera suberecta, Uraguayan firecracker plant also called Mexican Hummingbird plant, buds and blooms in patio trough

Echinacea purpurea, reseeded native Purple Coneflower - a few flowers

Echinacea purpurea 'Bravado', selection of native purple coneflower - fading flowers

Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost', nice little plant dotted with flowers

Helianthus, unknown, gigantic, annual, probably native sunflowers - the stalks and flower heads have been repeatedly pillaged and shredded by the squirrels, but they missed a couple of flowers

Hemerocallis citrina - evening blooming pale yellow daylily has already went through main bloom cycle, but has put up another stalk with developing buds

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Devonshire', from Austin Daylily Society - the buds shown in the GBBD post are open today!

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Pinochio', small daylily now entering second bloom cycle, two stalks with buds

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Vi's Apricot', small daylily just finishing second bloom cycle, 2 flowers open and that will be it for awhile

Hibiscus syriacus/Rose of Sharon, althea, a few flowers - had been many more last month

Justicia spicigera/ Mexican Honeysuckle- a few orange flowers

Lagerstroemia indica, hot pink crepe myrtles, 3 of the 6 trees have flowers- rest just have leaves

Lagerstroemia x hybrida ‘Acoma’ white crepe myrtles, both trees have some flowers with many developing seed pods

Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba', 2 crepe myrtle trees, either side of arch, reddish-purple flowers planted 2010 & 2011, OK bloom

Lagerstroemia (indica x fauriei) 'Muskogee' crepe myrtle planted November 2011. This young tree is blooming, but the flowers still don't look like 'Muskogee' to me.

Lagerstroemia x fauriei 'Zuni', hybid crepe myrtle, new spring 2011, flowers and buds

Lavandula intermedia 'Provence', lavender, one remaining wand

Leucophyllum frutescens, native Texas sage AKA Barometer bush AKA Cenizo – one shrub in bloom

Liriope muscari/Lilyturf, groundcover, some are blooming in shade of pecan

Lobularia maritime, annual Sweet alyssum, hanging on in a hanging basket on the patio

Lycopersicon lycopersicum, tomatoes - see flowers on one wild one that seeded next to the patio

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii, native Red Wax Mallow AKA Turkscap, large plants in three beds, all in bloom

Melampodium leucanthum, native Blackfoot daisy, in 3 different beds, straggly but have flowers

Melissa officianalis, lemon balm - tiny white flowers on one plant

Monarda fistulosa x bartlettii 'Peter's Purple', this hybrid of native Monarda fistulosa and Mexican Monarda bartlettii was fabulous  - deadheaded and a few more flowers appeared. Not sure how far back to cut it.

Ocimum basilicum, Basil - both the large leaf & the Spicy Globe are going to flower

Oxalis crassipes 'Alba' couple of stray flowers

Oxalis regnellii 'Atropurpurea' couple of stray flowers

Pelargonium grossularioides, coconut-scented geranium - maybe buds 

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

Perovskia atriplicifolia, Russian Sage, two beds in big bloom

Petunia annual, dark blue-violet in patio container still blooming

Phlox paniculata 'John Fanick' - bought spring 2010, two flower heads in bloom 

Piper auritum/Hoja Santa or Rootbeer Plant , one surviving plant is displaying its odd, elongated white flowers.

Plumbago auriculata , two shrubs on either side of back door - full bloom

Plumeria unknown species/Frangipani, creamy yellow - looks like a bud developing, Yay!

Poliomintha bustamanta, Mexican oregano, all 3 plants have been in bloom but they're not pretty today with soggy purple flowers & soggy spent browned flowers glued by rain all over the plants.

Portulaca - reseeding annual Moss Roses and Flowering Purslanes in several beds & blooming in different colors

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

Rosa 'Red Cascade', mini-climber bought in spring 2010, blooming on the patio

Russelia equisetiformis, Firecracker plant - looking good!

Salvia coccinea, red Hummingbird sage blooming in a few beds

Salvia coccinea, white Hummingbird sage blooming in a few beds

Salvia coccinea ‘Coral Nymph’, coral pink Hummingbird sage, blooming in a few beds

Salvia farinacea, reseeding Mealy Blue sage, wandlike flowers keep on coming but some of the plant stems are spindly

Salvia greggii 'Lavender & White', two plants, one in bloom, one "resting"

Salvia greggii 'Navajo White', full bloom

Salvia greggii 'Purple', many flowers in an orchid purple color

Salvia greggii 'Salmon', a few flowers, deep salmon

Salvia greggii, unnamed varieties, several plants. Right now a few there are a few flowers open in different beds, rose red, cherry red & deep red along with some cream-colored flowers 

Salvia guaranitica, Majestic blue sage, blooming in 2 beds

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue', blooming in one of two beds

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'  3 plants, only one has flowers right now

Salvia regla, Mountain sage - native, two shrubby plants in a raised bed, in the shade of the pecan. This one just started opening flowers - maybe the hummingbirds will find it.

Salvia sinaloensis, Bicolor sage - you just missed it! Some of the bracts are hanging on.

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

Scutellaria suffrutescens, pink skullcap, two plants some bloom

Scutellaria suffrutescens alba? - label says white skullcap, in bloom

Scutellaria wrightii?  blue skullcap one in parkway, one in front bed, both look kind of beat up but they're still blooming

Talinum paniculatum variegatum? Variegated Jewels of Opar - a new plant in a patio trough. It's putting out a flower stem right now.

Tetraneuris scaposa,  four nerve daisy Hymenoxys, 2 of 3 plants have flowers

Tradescantia geniculata, white-flowering groundcover - might be buds - not sure

Vitex agnus-castus / Chaste tree, Monk's Pepper, still has flowers but needs to be deadheaded so it will keep blooming.

This list by Annie in Austin is a companion for my July 2013 Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post at the The Transplantable Rose .

Thursday, May 16, 2013

GBBD List for May 2013

Carol of May Dreams Gardens runs an online gathering of bloom reports on the 15th of every month. I'm working on a post for The Transplantable Rose, but here at Annie's Addendum, I like to keep complete-as-possible lists of what's in bloom. For May 15, 2013, here is the list, with my best guesses at the correct botanical names:

Abelia, guessing Abelia X grandiflora / Two of our four white-flowering shrubs are in bloom with the other two just forming buds. They are lightly fragrant.

Abelia X grandiflora 'Edward Goucher', just a tiny plant just a few years ago, now has grown to be a medium-sized pink-flowering, fragrant shrub

Abelia X grandiflora unknown variety, one medium-large pink-flowering, fragrant shrub.

Abutilon hybridum 'Marilyn's Choice' - still holding a few flowers after main bloom in April

Allium cepa - garden onions just hanging around

Asclepias curassavica, tropical milkweed - several clumps, all in bloom. This plant is not always hardy in Austin - acting like an annual and dying in a cold winter - but this winter was mild so it has been in bloom for quite a while. I've allowed it to seed around because it is a host plant for Monarch butterflies, but no monarch caterpillars have shown up so far.

Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Yellow' cultivar of tropical milkweed - new plant, in bloom

Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Deep Red' cultivar of tropical milkweed - new plant, in bloom

Asparagus densiflorus - asparagus ferns in hanging baskets - there are pale pink buds on one of them

Calibrachoa hybrids, annuals in hanging containers- many dark purple flowers

Callisia fragrans, Grandfather's Pipe or Basket Plant, frost tender, blooming in a hanging basket

Capsicum annuum – garden peppers - some blooms and a few small fruit

Castilleja indivisa, Texas paintbrush, a couple of lingering orange flowers

Chrysactinia mexicana, native yellow-flowering Damianita - one of two plants in bloom

Chrysanthemem maximum, Shasta daisies - just opened a few flowers

Clematis unknown hybrid, purple flowers - main bloom over, still has half-a-dozen flowers

Clerodendrum ugandense AKA Clerodendrum myricoides 'Ugandense' AKA Rotheca myricoides 'Ugandense'. Blue Butterfly Clerodenron, first flowers opened

Conoclinium greggii, Gregg’s Mistflower - spreading purple native mistflower, just beginning bloom 

Consolida ajacis, Larkspur, annual allowed to seed all over garden; mostly violet-blue, only one pink plant this year

Coriandrum sativum., cilantro, annual herb - left some plants gone to flower so they can reseed. Ladybug larvae like them.

Cosmos sulphureus, reseeding annual - began to open flowers past few days

Cuphea 'David Verity', bought a few weeks ago, orange Cigar flower,

Cuphea llavea – small pink and lavender form

Cuphea llavea –red & purple ‘Batfaced’- only buds

Cuphea llavea 'Georgia Scarlet', red-orange & purple flowers - only buds

Delosperma cooperi ? Dark magenta-flowered hardy ice plant on herb patio, nice flowers

Dianthus, unknown varieties, several containers - red, white and white with a rose eye

Dietes bicolor, African Iris, butterfly iris - one bloom stalk

Echinacea purpurea, Purple Coneflower - couple of buds

Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost', planted a few years ago, didn't notice it in 2012 but a very small plant has reappeared and has a few flowers

Feijoa sellowiana / Pineapple guava, two shrubs in full gaudy bloom (Edited May 19, 2013. At the time I bought these plants, most references to Pineapple guava gave the name as Feijoa sellowiana, but now I've read that a more correct name may be Acca sellowiana)

Gaura lindheimeri- original named plants dead but they left seedlings behind. One seedling has buds, aphids and ladybugs

Hemerocallis citrina - buds on a couple of stalks

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Best of Friends' from Pam/Digging - many, many buds on one plant.

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Devonshire', bought at Austin Daylily Society sale. No flowers but has buds

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Pinochio', brought from my former Illinois garden, has buds

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Prairie Blue Eyes', buds

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Vi's Apricot' - flowers and buds on several plants

Hemerocallis fulva – Ditch daylily from Gardener of Good and Evil - buds and a couple of flowers

Hibiscus syriacus/Rose of Sharon - buds

Hippeastrum hybrid/ ‘Red Dragon’ amaryllis - full bloom

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen' Oakleaf hydrangea - blooming for awhile

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

Iris X germanica passalong from Rock Rose via Lucinda Hutson - one bud

Justicia brandegeana, Shrimp plant in Secret Garden - couple of flowers

Justicia spicigera/ Mexican Honeysuckle - still has some bloom

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana? Florist's Kalanchoe, two plants with bud stalks, mostly done but still showing color

Lantana, unknown varieties upright lavender and trailing white - both in bloom

Lavandula angustifolia, English lavender - wands with buds in patio container

Lilium unknown - one bud. This is probably a bloomed-out Easter Lily that I stuck in a flower bed in 2005

Lobularia maritime, Sweet alyssum - hanging on but heat will get it

Lonicera sempervirens, coral honeysuckle - couple of flowers

Lycopersicon lycopersicum, tomatoes - flowers and some small, green fruit

Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' - has opened a few flowers

Melampodium leucanthum / Blackfoot daisy; a couple of plants alive and in bloom

Myrtus communis nana/ dwarf Greek myrtle - scattered creamy flowers on fragrant shrub

Nerium oleander/ double yellow oleander (probably it is 'Mathilde Ferrier' ). This plant has had some problems in the last couple of years, but looks very pretty right now

Ocimum basilicum, Basil - plants in pots trying to bolt

Origanum majorana, Sweet marjoram

Osmanthus fragrans/Sweet olive - two of four shrubs still have a few lingering flowers

Oxalis regnellii 'Atropurpurea' (dotted around and in containers), many in bloom

Papaver unknown species  of annual poppies, many reseeded. Only one open flower today

Pelargonium hybrids– bedding geranium, red-flowered, blooming in front hypertufa

Pelargonium grossularioides, coconut-scented geranium, few airy flowers

Pelargonium hybrid, 'Fantasia Salmon', zonal geranium in breakfast room window - one cluster of flowers

Penstemen tenuis, Gulf coast penstemon - mostly gone to seed, just a few flowers left

Perovskia atriplicifolia, Russian Sage (in three beds) just beginning to flower

Petunia annual - purple in patio container

Phlox subulata/Creeping phlox in lavender blue - a little bloom left

Phlox subulata/Creeping phlox in magenta pink - almost done

Plumbago auriculata (two shrubs) just got going in past week - pale blue flowers

Poliomintha bustamanta, Mexican oregano (3 plants) just getting into flowering swing

Punica granatum, pomegranate - might be 'Wonderful' (secret garden) couple of flowers

Punica granatum 'Nana'/ dwarf pomegranates, two plants in containers - nonstop buds, flowers, fruit. Unfortunately fruit tastes pretty awful

Rosa 'Belinda's Dream', Pink shrub rose- just finished big bloom cycle - couple of flowers left

Rosa ‘Champagne’ mini rose, delicate pink , two plants just past peak bloom

Rosa floribunda  ‘Julia Child’,  butter-yellow rose, just finished big bloom cycle - couple of buds left

Rosa 'Mutabilis' (two good-sized plants, one in container, one in ground) have looked fabulous for months

Rosa 'Red Cascade', mini-climber - many flowers but beat-up by rain

Rosa, unknown variety/ tall pink climber near gate - last flower open now

Rosa /unnamed apricot mini-rose from DD- one flower left

Rosa - unnamed orange mini-rose came with house - mid-cycle now after a very good spring

Russelia equisetiformis, Firecracker plant - couple of plants with flowers

Salvia coccinea, Hummingbird sage, These plants act like annuals much of the time, sometimes are quite perennial, and the seedlings vary a great deal. I started with one plant of red and one of the 'Coral Nymph'. After a couple of years some white plants appeared near the patio. More and more shades of red, white, orange, coral and pink keep appearing and I've let them grow all over the garden. When a dark coral plant popped up near the birdbaths, I transplanted it near the coral mini-rose and let it reseed.

Salvia coccinea ‘Coral Nymph’, coral pink Hummingbird sage

Salvia elegans/Pineapple sage 2 plants survived winter and have not stopped blooming

Salvia farinacea, Mealy Blue sage, reseeded all over and has many wandlike flowers

Salvia greggii, many plants including 'Navajo White', cream, deep rose, true red, cherry red, lavender pink and Orchid-purple - most in full bloom

Salvia guaranitica, Majestic blue sage

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' - 3 plants, light bloom

Salvia X 'Nuevo Leon' , one of two plants has small violet flowers

Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’/Dwarf Blue Cushionflower,

Scutellaria ovata, Heartleaf skullcap - several plants forming buds but no blooms yet

Scutellaria suffrutescens, pink skullcap, two plants dependable pink bloomer

Scutellaria suffrutescens alba? - label says white skullcap - just starting

Scutellaria unlabeled soft pink skullcap in parkway, just starting

Scutellaria wrightii?  blue skullcap one in parkway, one in front bed , blooming for months

Sedum, little varieties with white flowers ... ternatum?

Sisyrinchium unk species, Blue-eyed grass - tiny iris relative- has been in bloom for weeks

Spiraea X vanhouteii, guessing name for rounder-leaved spiraeas - couple of stray flowers left

Tetraneuris scaposa,  four nerve daisy Hymenoxys, 3 plants - have flowers most of the year

Teucrium fruticans Silver Bush germander - bloom just ending

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

Tradescantia geniculata, groundcover - full, white, airy bloom

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

Verbena bonariensis – reseeder - popped flowers in a couple of borders

Viola spp– various hybrids of Pansies and violas in containers and hanging baskets still in flower but will not last when heat hits

Vitex agnus-castus / Chaste tree - seems to be forming buds

Zephyranthes drumondii AKA Cooperia pedunculata Cooper's Rainlily - flowers opened in rain this morning

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

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

GBBD List for January 2013

This is the list for January Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, started by May Dreams Carol in 2007. I hope there will soon be a post for January 2013 GBBD on my main blog, The Transplantable Rose 

Even after repeated freezes with a couple of overnight dips into the 20's F range, some plants are still blooming outside:

Camellia japonica 'Pius IX', rose-red camellia - a few flowers and a dozen buds

Camellia japonica
'Morning Glow' double white camellia - one open flower, some buds frozen off

Justicia brandegeana, Shrimp plant in Secret Garden, flowers still there but color is darker after being cold

Justicia spicigera/ Mexican Honeysuckle Still has flowers but leaves paler

Mahonia, species probably bealei, grape holly, budding in front container. It was cold out so I took this terrible photo by leaning over the rail of the veranda. If the flowers last until February GBBD I'll try again.


Origanum majorana
, Sweet marjoram - not sure if they are flowers or developing seed pods but something is going on!

Osmanthus fragrans/Sweet olive four shrubs, three in the ground, one in container, still had flowers today

Oxalis crassipes 'Alba' blooming in Secret Garden in protected spot

Punica granatum 'Nana'/ dwarf pomegranate, plant in Secret Garden container has a couple of buds

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus' - Prostrate Rosemary, lightly blooming pale blue flowers

Rosemarinus officianalis, upright Rosemary light bloom

Salvia elegans/Pineapple sage 2 plants on patio, each with a few flowers

Salvia greggii, one rose-red plant has one flower stalk

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'  plant in Secret Garden still has a few flowers as does the plant by the front steps

Scutellaria indica 'Dorota Blue' Blue evergreen groundcover skullcap, plant in patio container has a few flowers

Viola spp– hybrid Pansies in hanging basket and patio pot still blooming

Blooming inside:

Cyclamen persicum/ florist’s cyclamen hybrids bought in December, looking tired

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana
? Florist's Kalanchoe, two plants started from leaf cuttings a few years ago. Now have bud stalks, just showing color

Kalanchoe daigremontiana
syn. Bryophyllum daigremontianum/ Mother of Thousands, Alligator Plant, buds on plants living outdoors were frozen but plant brought inside is in bloom

Pelargonium hybrid, 'Fantasia Salmon', zonal geranium in breakfast room window, bought February 2006 & still blooms off-and-on

Salvia discolor, Andean Silver Sage, two florets on plant in window

Schlumbergera truncata, Thanksgiving cactus  A plant in the window has a couple of buds. Another just finished and two were duds this year.

Carol has the roundup of GBBD posts at her May Dreams blog.