Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Bloom Day - April 15th 2009

It is springtime in Central Texas! Here is what I have blooming in the garden:

Antelope Horns:

Apple blossoms:

Blue Bonnets:

Blue Flax:

Yellow Flax:

Blue Dwarf Morning Glory:

Red Corn Poppies:

Byzantine Glads:

The first Cactus bloom:

Cedar Sage and Columbine:

Texas Betony and Columbine:

Gulf Coast Penstemon and columbine:

Big yellow globs of Damianita:

Golden lead-ball tree and blue salvia:

Golden lead-ball tree yellow flower puff-balls:

Hill country Penstemon:

Jerusalem Sage and Hot lips salvia:

Lions Tail:

Nasturtiums along side my drought-ridden peas:

Snow peas:


Orchid tree blooms:


Pink Skullcap:

Hail-pummeled pomegranate blooms (they are a bit raggety):

Spanish Lavendar and a garden friend:

Yellow Texas Star:

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Byzantine Glads, etc...

Last fall I purchased some Byzantine Glad bulbs from the Southern Bulb Company. These were NOT cheap bulbs mind you, but I had a terrible time finding them anywhere for much cheaper, so I took the plunge and bought 3 bulbs (12 bucks a bulb - holy be-jeezuz!!). TOTALLY worth it!! These are bea-u-tiful!! Out of 3 bulbs, I got 5 big ol' bloom stalks in the first bloom since planting. Looky:

And closer:

I am absolutely loving these gladiolas. They are a wonderful magenta and they stand up all on their own - I don't need to stake them. I am so buying more of these next year. They are supposed to naturalize, but I am impatient, and I want more, right now. I saw some other on-line bulb stores had something they CALLED byzantine glads for super-cheap, but when I did the research, these turned out NOT to be the same thing - they are impostors. Still pretty, but much lighter in color and much, much smaller. Several people tried these ones and they were very tiny - not at all the same thing. You have to get the ones from Texas, NOT the imported ones. The imported ones are a different thing.

And other things going on in my garden...

The bees and butterflies are loving the Eve's Necklace blooms:

Funereal Duskywing:


Can you tell I love poppy-type flowers? Corn poppies, California poppies, yellow flax:

I planted my Texas bluebell starts around the fountain.I hear they do well around stock tanks and I thought, well I will plant them near the fountain then:

Hill country penstemon (Penstemon triflorus):

I planted my new tulips in the fountain flower bed also:

The Texas tuberose (Manfreda maculosa)are getting bloom stalks:

And a garden friend: