March 28, 2015
Summer-like temperatures arrived this past week and decided to stick around for a few days. Bright sunshine caused flowers almost as bright to appear seemingly overnight. Above is a specimen of Nemophila insignis ‘5 Spot’ which I came across growing beneath a tree. I’m pretty sure this little flower is the result of a packet of wildflower mix I tossed out last fall, as are the Nemophila insignis ‘Baby Blue Eyes’ below. Both of these flowers are annuals and reach a height of only about six inches. They do well in partial to full shade.
The first Iris of the season always seem to be white or yellow. This year they’re white. Only two have opened up so far but there’s a multitude of buds on the plants. Many of them appear to be lavender or purple, though sometimes the tint of the buds can be deceiving.
This Pink Flowering Almond Bush (Prunus glandulosa) has really outdone itself this year. While all of the bushes in the garden are flowering well, the profusion of blossoms on this one is simply amazing!
These medium-sized shrubs can tolerate various soil and weather conditions quite well. They’ve been in full bloom for about two weeks now and the flowers should probably last another week or so.
Below is a Forsythia bush that has been in full bloom for several weeks. I meant to get a picture of it sooner but didn’t get to it until today! Some of the blossoms are beginning to fade away but I was able to get these two photos of some that remain quite brilliant. Forsythia are native to eastern Asia and southeastern Europe. They add a beautiful splotch of yellow to the garden at this time of year and their foliage remains a robust green throughout the summer.
Lilac (Syringa) bushes are also blooming profusely. Some have so many flower clusters that their aroma is almost overpowering. Several good rains we’ve had this month have definitely benefited all of the trees and shrubs!
The Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) is native to Texas. These can be very striking trees in the spring, as the beautiful dark pink blooms appear before the leaves do. The tree to which the blooms in this photo belong is actually located at the side of our house but on our neighbor’s property.
Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum) are a prolific plant. They fare pretty well throughout the winter then come to life in the spring. The ones pictured below were limp and straggly only a week or so ago. They’ve rebounded from the cold weather quite nicely.
Here’s a look at the blooms of the Bugleweed ‘Catlin’s Giant’ (Ajuga reptans ‘Catlin’s Giant’) I posted about last week. Though it can’t be seen in this photo, the plant itself is beginning to send out runners. I plan to allow it to spread a foot or so in either direction but will keep it in check!
As you can see from the picture below, some areas of my garden need to be cleaned out! These Rocket Larkspur (Consolida ajacis) have really overstepped their bounds. Several Mexican Hat Flowers (Ratibida columnifera) are almost hidden among them!
I’ve been doing some planting and transplanting this week. Some different types of plants — mostly perennials — will be making an appearance in my garden and yard this year. Hopefully! A number of bulbs are starting to emerge and I hope to share their blooms and foliage in the coming months. My seeds haven’t made it into the ground yet. That’s on my calendar for this coming week!
“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” Genesis 1:29
― Holy Bible: King James Version–