Saturday, March 15, 2008

Bloom Day March 15th:

The garden is starting to come alive now! I had a hard time taking some of these pictures because it was quite bright outside, (It was in the mid 90's yesterday!), AND the wind was blowing my plants around.

Texas Betony


A few pictures of the butterflies that were swarming the Texas Mountain Laurel yesterday afternoon:

A wider image of the Texas Mountain Laurel

The Golden Lead Ball Tree is about to bloom (I absolutely LOVE this tree! There is just something about those little yellow powder puffs it gets...)

Prairie Verbena


And here is the nest that those darn finches are building in my red Geranium. You would think that the daily waterings would deter them from building a nest there, but yeah - not so much. Silly birds. Also, if you look closely, you can see they are utilizing my Silver Ponyfoot quite a bit to build this nest.

A Snowberry Clearwing moth hanging out on my window screen. Usually these guys don't stay still long enough for me to take a picture - this one hung out on the screen for 2 hours!


mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

I can't believe your pink evening primrose is blooming already. Mine are all just small rosettes still. They are usually one of the last spring wildflowers to bloom in my garden. I think I have another month to wait.

Pam/Digging said...

I was surprised to see the pink evening primrose too. It's nice to see the beautiful butterflies enjoying your flowers.

Annie in Austin said...

More wonderful Texas Mountain Laurels! Yours are lovely, Lee17 - did you plant them or were they 'legacies' from a previous owner? Mine have years to go before they look like anything.

You have a really nice array of native and adapted plants - Happy Blooming Day!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Diana said...

Your moth photo is great - how nice that she stuck around for a while so you could get a shot. The butterflies are lovely, too. Wish I could grow bulbine - the deer eat mine all up - yumm-o!

Lee17 said...


Yeah, I have LOTS of those. One came up in my front bed a couple years ago and now I have a gagillion of them!

Lee17 said...


I did go out and trim all those primroses up in January...maybe that is why they are blooming earlier?

Lee17 said...


I planted that Mt. Laurel when we first moved in back in 2003. It was a little tiny 7 dollar plant from Lowes (maybe a foot high, maybe)- the thing just took off! Crazy I tell you!

Lee17 said...


I do love that bulbine! I am glad I don't have any deer to munch it down. I think we live to far in the middle of the housing complex for the deer to venture in. (Although my next house will definately be near a green-belt or have more land for planting stuff. I would gladly put up with the deer for a better view!)