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.
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
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
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.