Thursday, October 15, 2009

Bloom Day - October 15th, 2009

El Nino has finally arrived! We have had much rain over the last couple of weeks and my garden is bloomin' crazy in response. Let's get to it:

The begonias are finally really happy, although they toughed out the summer really quite well (hanging in the shade of course):



Dragon-wing begonias:



The fan flowers have been amazing all summer and fall (just keep them wet!):



Closer:



The geraniums are making a comeback. Here is a hummer hiding from the rain the other day on the feeder between the geraniums:



The shrimp plants continue to bloom and attract hummers:



The Abutilon stuggled through the summer and is beginning to revive now that the weather has cooled a bit:



Gulf muhly and red coreopsis:



Blackfoot daisy and Damianita:



Bulbine and Damianita:



Blue Mistflower:



Mealy blue sage:



Cuphea:



Firebush:



Texas Mountain Sage (the hummers fight vicious battles for this one):



Turks cap:



Golden Leadball tree:



Hotlips Salvia:



Laceleaf lavendar:



Mexican Mint Marigold:



Mexican Bird of Paradise:



Moonbeam Yarrow:



Mushrooms (ok, not a flower, but still cool):



Pink skullcap:



Rock Penstemon and Antelope Horns milkweed:



Rock Rose and Mexican Bush Sage:



Various salvias:



Snapdragon Vine:



Anacacho Orchid:



Winecup:



Obedient Plant:



The Flowering Senna is LOADED with blooms:



Closer:



Texas Betony:



Autumn daffodil - Sternbergia lutea (actually a member of the Amaryllis family):



And Texas Bluebell. These are finally winding down for the season, only a few blooms remain. This was the BEST flower in my garden this year as it simply thrived on the heat as long as it had a bit of water (it is growing by the jar-fountain):

4 comments:

sweet bay said...

Your garden looks very happy with the rain! I love the picture of the hummingbird sheltering from the rain on the feeder. Love the Damianita and the combination of rock rose and Mexican Bush Sage too. The flowering Senna looks incredible!

Bonnie said...

The senna is just gorgeous. I need that!

Austin School Garden Network said...

Hello Lee,

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Get growing and keep going!

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randi said...

beautiful garden and flowers!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/randi_rives