My Garden This Week

March 28, 2015

Nemophila insignis '5 Spot'
Nemophila insignis ‘5 Spot’

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!

Pink Flowering Almond Bush (Prunus glandulosa)
Pink Flowering Almond Bush (Prunus glandulosa)

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.

Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

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.

Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum)
Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum)

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!

Bugleweed ‘Catlin’s Giant’ (Ajuga reptans ‘Catlin’s Giant’)
Bugleweed ‘Catlin’s Giant’ (Ajuga reptans ‘Catlin’s Giant’)

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!

Rocket Larkspur (Consolida ajacis) and Mexican Hat Flower (Ratibida columnifera)
Rocket Larkspur (Consolida ajacis) and Mexican Hat Flower (Ratibida columnifera)

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–

 

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20 thoughts on “My Garden This Week

  1. That almond bush is spectacular! Does it smell of almonds? (I’m not letting myself hope that it grows them.)
    And the lilacs this year…lilac fragrance gives me headaches. Our last neighborhood had one bush that was easily avoided on our walks. This neighborhood has dozens! I’m just glad the bees like them.

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    • It really doesn’t have much of an aroma at all. You have to stick your nose right into the blooms to get a slight whiff of something. Not sweet, perhaps reminiscent of carnations. No almonds, though it is in the same family as regular almond-producing trees. I really like lilacs, but their aroma can be overpowering at times, especially if you snip a twig or two to put in a vase!

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  2. Lovely pictures. I’ve grown nemophila ‘Five Spot’ before but not ‘Baby Blue Eyes’, and this year I’m trying ‘Snowstorm’. It’s amazing how it’s all changed and grown in a few weeks. xx

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  3. Lovely photos! Once the weather warms up it feels almost like a race for everything to bloom and be pollinated and set seed for the next round, doesn’t it? At times I wish we had a prolonged gentle cool to warm season so the appearance of blooms could be extended, but then I wonder if we would appreciate them nearly so much as we do when so many flowers burst forth in profusion and almost as abruptly disappear in what for our area is the expected heat of late April – early May.

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    • So true. Spring seems to come and go so quickly. One day it’s cold, then we have several weeks of really wonderful weather, then the high temperatures suddenly set in. Every year I hope it’s going to be different, that maybe summer will get sidetracked on the way here! Doesn’t happen very often. We’re supposed to hit 90 on Wednesday, then drop to 68 on Thursday. It’s really been up and down, which is bad when you’re trying to set out plants. One day they look nice, the next day they’re wilted! Though we do have a shot at some thunderstorms tomorrow… While the blooms of summer are lovely, they just don’t seem to be the same as the first blossoms, flowers and buds of spring.

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  4. That flowering almond is very pretty as are the Eastern Redbud flowers (I’ve just put 3 little seedlings in). It’s good to see the old Forsythia making an appearance – they are such stalwarts of the early spring garden!

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