I went into a gardening frenzy on Saturday. It was sunny, I had been locked in the house with the sick kid all last week, and I needed to get out. So, I went to 2 different nurseries and bought a bunch of new plants.
-Yellow Bells (to replace one I lost over the winter - or so I thought - when I went to dig out the dead one - which I JUST checked on Friday and NO leaves were evident anywhere - I will be darned if there wasn't new leaves poking up from through the ground. Oh well, I guess I will put my new one in a pot or something)
-Gulf Coast Penstemon (for that soggy, poorly drained spot by the air conditioning unit)
-Spanish Lavender (To replace one I lost in the deluge that was last spring)
-Gaillardia or Blanketflower
-Pigeonberry (I am making a bed of these behind the orchid tree)
-Several small pots of pink skullcap (because they were only 2.96 a piece!)
-Several small pots of Pink Guara (again because they were only 2.96 a piece)
-A Weeping Yaupon Holly (This is my big score of the day)
Here is an image of some of the items:
And the Weeping Yaupon Holly:
The new bed I dug for the Gaura. There are also a couple of baby Rock Rose I moved into this bed as well:
This is an image of one of the Spanish Lavender in the front bed. I lost it's companion last year in all the rain we had (as a side note, the bees simply MOB this plant):
And here are some images of a couple things blooming in my garden this weekend.
Golden Leadball tree. Note the bamboo sticks that once were used to prop up the tree - they no longer prop up the tree, but do serve a purpose as a perching spot for the occasional Ladderback woodbeckers who seem to enjoy trying to make a lunch out of any insects that reside in the bamboo posts:
Plains Prickly Pear. This is a terrific plant to keep the neighbor kids from traipsing through my front flower bed - vicious spines this one has!:
Then, there is this tiny little morning glory-type plant that came up in my flower bed. Anyone know what it is? The bloom is really small...like dime-size small. I like it, whatever it may be, so I am going to leave it right where it is:
Ok, so it turns out that this is Convolvulus equitans Benth.
Bindweed, or Texas Bindweed (according to the Wildflower center)and is a non-aggressive annual that grows to 3 to 6 feet. Well, I like it, so it is staying ;)
And off I go to dig a new bed for the skullcap I purchased yesterday...they are going in front of the Sago palms: