This is my first post for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, hosted by Carol and her blog May Dreams Gardens. I had a lot of fun today as I wandered through the garden, taking photos and paying a little closer attention than usual to the flowers! Most of the blooms in my garden this month seem to be Iris. While the white blooms have come and gone, the purple and lavender varieties have come to stay for a while. Irises do so well in our hot, dry conditions that I continually dig and replant them to increase the size of their beds.
I purchased a six-pack of Texas Bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis) earlier in the spring and divided them between two locations in my garden, planting half in the back yard and half in the side yard.
This Bridal Wreath Spiraea (Spiraea prunifolia) was really nipped by a freeze a number of weeks ago just as it started to bud out. I didn’t expect it to rebound and actually bloom, but it did and the flowers are just magnificent!
While this plant isn’t a native to Texas, I did decide to plant a couple more in the front yard, along with a bed of Daylilies and some Iris. The more drought-tolerant plants in the yard, the less water is necessary to keep everything alive.
This is the lone Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris) in my garden. The plant information that came with it indicated that it was a ‘Winky Blue-White’. I don’t think so… But it’s still very pretty!
Here’s a pot of Dianthus. I planted these last spring and they made it through the winter in great shape. From far away they look more like a multicolored shrub than garden variety flowers.
These English Wallflowers (Cheiranthus cheri) grew from some seeds I planted last fall.
These pretty Blue Flax (Linum perenne) ‘Blue Sapphire’ are growing nestled beneath a tree.
Pink Wood Sorrel (Oxalis crassipes ‘Rosea’) is among the earliest bloomers in my garden. The small flowers last well into summer, before the extreme heat basically dries the plants up. When fall returns, so do the plants and the blooms.
Several Pink Evening Primrose (Oenothera rosea) were in bloom today, the first of the season. These flowers — also known as Rose of Mexico — are native to Texas and northern Mexico.
This Rose Pink Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii ‘Rose Pink’) just began blooming this week. It will continue to bloom throughout the summer. Bees love these plants. Salvia greggii is native to Texas and parts of Mexico. It is very drought-tolerant and has wonderfully aromatic leaves.
I added this little plant — Salvia ‘May Night’ (Salvia nemorosa ‘Mainacht’) to my garden last fall. It was a pitiful looking end-of-season markdown and I wasn’t sure it would even reappear this spring, but it did! It’s another drought-tolerant perennial that loves the sun.
Another perennial I added to the garden last fall is this Pincushion Flower ‘Butterfly Blue’ (Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’). It’s sort of strange-looking, isn’t it? I can certainly see how it got its name!
That’s it for this month! I hope to have some different bloomers next time. If you’re interested in seeing what might be flowering in other folks gardens be sure to visit May Dreams Gardens.