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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.

Sunday, April 27, 2014


This post, April 25-27, 2014 What's In Bloom, was written by me, Annie in Austin for my Annie's Addendum blog.


I started this list on Friday and it's now Sunday night. The high temperature in my garden today was 94F, so some flowers that were perfect on Friday are not so perfect today. Just about everything on the list was still in bloom Saturday the 26th. The photos were taken over the past week or so. As always, the botanical names are my best attempts at accuracy.

Abelia X grandiflora unknown variety, one medium-sized pink shrub.

Abelia X grandiflora 'Edward Goucher' smaller pink shrub planted.

Abutilon hybridum 'Patrick's', flowering maple, think it's named after Patrick Kirwin. Nothing on the older plant that had been kept in the garage for winter, but there were 2 flowers on recently planted new 'Patrick'.

Acca sellowiana AKA Feijowa sellowiana, Pineapple guava, many buds on Secret Garden plant, none on plant in patio container

Allium cepa - garden onions that have been allowed to make flowers and perennialize.

Anemone heterophylla 10-petalled anemone, thimbleweed, most gone to seed in heat

Angelonia angustifolia, Angelonia several plants of this tough annual, 'Serena Blue' and 'Serena White'

Aquilegia canadensis - couple of small flowers

Aquilegia chrysantha Yellow columbine - last couple of flowers

Asclepias curassavica, tropical milkweed - two plants with just-opened flowers

Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Yellow' cultivar of tropical milkweed - one plant with just-opened flowers

Calibrachoa hybrids, annual plants in hanging baskets and pots, including 'Grape Punch', 'Pomegranate Punch', 'Compact Orange', 'Cabaret Blue' and 'Double Purple' . This is 'Grape Punch' and 'Pomegranate Punch', bought and planted in early April for the hummingbirds. We had to do something fast! When the tiny flyers returned, the nectar-giving perennials like salvias and justicias had been frozen and were not in bloom.

Calylophus berlandii, Berland's sundrops Native  - new plant has a couple of buds

Capsicum annuum – garden peppers - couple of flowers

Carya illinoinensis, Pecan tree. The pollen is on its way, oh, yes.

Castilleja indivisa, Texas paintbrush, planted as annual, has returned a few times

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides/Hardy Plumbago, AKA Blue Leadwort - one single blue flower

Chrysactinia mexicana, native yellow-flowering Damianita, 3 plants, one very established, one in more shade than ideal, one new, all with flowers

Clematis unknown hybrid, red-purple flowers

Consolida ajacis, Larkspur, annual - dotted around everywhere, mostly lavender blue and blue-violet shades

Coriandrum sativum., cilantro, annual herb

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

Dianthus – red and white-bloomin hybrids in two containers

Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost' - new plant, bought in bloom

Gladiolus byzantinus - just finished

Graptopetalum paraguayense (Mexican Ghost Plant) succulent in hanging basket

Hemerocallis cultivar 'Vi's Apricot' a few bud stalks visible

Hesperaloe parviflora, Red yucca, native, one bud stalk

Hyacinthoides hispanica, Spanish bluebells - couple of delayed white flowers

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen' Oakleaf hydrangea - opening now

Iris, unknown species from Louisana Iris group has one stalk with a few creamy yellow flowers

Iris siberica, Siberian Iris, blue-violet - a few left 

Iris X germanica hybrid passalong blooms late, a grape-scented blue violet - past peak, a few flowers left

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana? Florist's Kalanchoe, two plants - one has flowers

Leonotis menthifolia?, Lion's Tail just opening flowers

Lobularia maritime, annual Sweet alyssum in containers - looking stressed!

Lonicera sempervirens, native coral honeysuckle, a few flowers,

Lupinus texensis, annual native Bluebonnet, past peak, a few flowers left

Lychnis coronaria, Rose campion full deep rose bloom with silver-grey foliage

Lycopersicon lycopersicum, several plants with flowers

Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' buds

Mahonia, species probably beali, grape holly in front container, past peak, a few flowers left

Melampodium leucanthum / Blackfoot daisy, scattered about with a few flowers, usually annual here

Muscari armeniacum grape hyacinth - a couple just bloomed, weeks after the rest

Nemophila phacelioides native or Nemophilia menziesii from California? Reseeder called Baby Blue Eyes. Many Austin Gardenbloggers know they have N. phacelioides from MSS of Zanthan, but I started with a plant from a local nursery.

Oxalis crassipes 'Alba' (dotted around and in containers) (PHOTO)

Oxalis regnellii 'Atropurpurea' (dotted around and in containers)

Papaver unk species of annual poppies, past peak, a few flowers left

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

Penstemon tenuis, Gulf coast penstemon, short-lived, reseeding perennial, now in 3 places

Philadelphus coronarius, scented Mock orange a few buds

Philadelphus inodorus,  English Dogwood/Scentless Mock orange

Phlox subulata/Creeping phlox in lavender blue

Photinia x fraseri - red tip photinia fading flowers

Rosa banksiae 'Lutea'/ Lady Banks rose just about done

Rosa 'Belinda's Dream', Pink shrub rose - full bloom 

Rosa ‘Champagne’ mini rose, delicate pink , two plants, many flowers

Rosa 'Climbing Iceberg', white floribunda - looking pretty good on arch

Rosa floribunda  ‘Julia Child’,  butter-yellow rose, two shrubs, best bloom ever

Rosa 'Mutabilis' (two good-sized plants, one in container, one inground) covered

Rosa 'Red Cascade', mini-climber bought in spring 2010, many buds, maybe 50 flowers at one time

Rosa, unknown climber, dark red - handful of flowers

Rosa, unknown variety/ tall pink climber near gate - may be 'Climbing Pink Peace' past peak, still a dozen blooms 7 buds left

Rosa /unnamed apricot mini-rose very nice bloom, has grown taller

Rosa - unnamed orange mini-rose came with house - dozens of flowers!

Salvia farinacea, reseeding Mealy Blue sage, wandlike flowers in a few beds

Salvia greggii 'Navajo White', creamy white flowers in two places

Salvia greggii 'Purple', an orchid purple color - one plant opened its flowers

Salvia greggii, unnamed variety of cherry red in parkway

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'  3 plants recovering from freezes - 2 flowers

Salvia roemeriana /Cedar sage, native, two very small plants have made red flowers in shade

Scutellaria wrightii?  four blue skullcaps: one in parkway, one in front bed, two in new corner bed all with some bloom

Sedum, little varieties with white flowers, scattered about

Sisyrinchium unk species, Blue-eyed grass - tiny iris relative, two plants, past peak, some flowers left

Tetraneuris scaposa,  four nerve daisy Hymenoxys, 3 plants with flowers

Teucrium fruticans Silver Bush germander

Thymus citriodorus Lemon thyme

Trachaelospermum jasminoides, Star Jasmine, Confederate Jasmine, evergreen vine with white, fragrant flowers. Had four vines- all hit hard by ice and

freeze. One may be dead, 3 are now 12 inches tall instead of 8 or 12-ft tall. One near veranda steps shows a few buds.

Tradescantia unknown species, probably native.  A purple spiderwort just appeared this spring and is in bloom.

Viola spp– annuals, various hybrids of Pansies and violas in patio containers and in hanging baskets on the veranda.

This post, April 25-27, 2014 What's In Bloom, was written by me, Annie in Austin for my Annie's Addendum blog.

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