Sunday, March 15, 2009

Bloom Day - March 15th 2009

Apparently, I brought the rain back with me from Seattle - Y'all are quite welcome! It rained for several days, only clearing up this afternoon. The local weather guy tells me that this is the most rain we have had in 18 months. 18 Months!! My garden really needed it. I sure hope it liked the rain, because it probably won't rain like that again for another 18 months the way things have been going with the weather around here. Well, enough about the weather, and on to the blooms....

The Texas Sage let me know a few days ago that is was going to rain. It started blooming. You can't trick this one into blooming by just watering it. It will only bloom when the pressure changes. They don't call it the barometer bush for nothin':

Several salvias are in bloom:

Red salvia:

White salvia:

Hotlips Salvia (the hummingbirds really seem to favor this one):

Salvia Theresa:

Blue Sage:

The Lavendar is blooming:


Blackfoot daisy:

Coral Honeysuckle:

Texas Scarlet Quince:


Daffodil 'Thalia' It is a little beat down from all the rain:


Meyer Lemon:

Possumhaw Holly:

Mt Laurel:

Pink Wild Snapdragon Vine:

Texas Redbud:

Orchid tree blossom (this tree is just about to explode into a huge mass of blooms, but isn't quite there yet):

California poppies:

My Windmill palm is about to bloom for the very first time:

Flower arrangement I put together:

Geranium (the hummingbirds seem to like these):

The cyclamen are still blooming:

Texas betony:

And last, but not least, the Hinkley's Columbine:


RainGardener said...

I guess that just shows ya can't take all the moisture out of Washington state because you took the rain so it's been snowing.;-)
Your flowers look great - love all your pictures.

Tessa at Blunders with shoots, blossoms 'n roots said...

Wow- from the NW to TX! That must have been an adjustment! I usually visit my sister in Plano every year- couldn't make it this year, boy I miss that sun!

Iris said...

Thank you for bringing back the rain from Seattle! It must have eased your homecoming, especially combined with the cooler temps.

I'm crazy for your Texas Scarlet Quince--gorgeous! Where did you find the white salvia?

Lee17 said...

Rain Gardener,

Yeah! What is up with the never-ending snow up there this year? it just keeps snowing, and snowing, and snowing! I think the last time I remember that much snow up there was the year after Mt St Helens blew - we had lots of snow that year. Probably due to the ash in the atmosphere.

Lee17 said...


Yeah, at least there was less of a shock when we got back since I had gotten used to the cold drizzle and temps in the 40's for a week! I have to admit I am enjoying the nice warm temps today though ;)

Lee17 said...


You are quite welcome! Maybe I should go home to visit more often, just so I can bring back more rain :)

The White salvia just came up in the garden all by itself. I had red ones and the Theresa ones and I think the Theresa ones maybe seeded out and reverted back to white.

Lancashire rose said...

Wow, that's the earliest bloom I have ever seen on the Texas sage.

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

I love those Thalia daffodils. I've meant to plant them for years and never remember to buy them in time. Have you had them more than a couple of years? Are they multiplying or thinning out?

Lee17 said...

Lancashire Rose,

I know! I couldn't believe it either. But there the sage was, blooming away!

Lee17 said...


Thanks! The Thalia are new. I planted them this past fall (I bought them from Old House Gardens). They are supposed to naturalize and spread - we will see what happens.

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