Thursday, April 5, 2012

What’s New?

Often I take a stroll through my garden and ask, “What’s New?” Our Houston weather has stayed about ten degrees above normal this spring; as a result I have some interesting bloom combinations. Here is what’s new in my garden today.
Zinnias that self sowed are already blooming.

I have placed plants in our new Front Garden water feature.

The front sidewalk is on a slope, so the Muscle Man had to make a frame and pour cement around the stock tank. This will create a level base, so he stack and mortar the pavers around the water feature. If you look closely you can see the base is higher in the front than in the back.

These little mushrooms are all over my beds in the mornings. I believe they are Japanese Umbrella Inky Mushrooms (Coprinus plicatilis).

Many different varieties of amaryllis are blooming.

Here is the wild mixture of things blooming in my foundation plantings.

Nasturtiums flowers are so pretty. I also think their leaves are interesting.

In this photo we have daffodils and daylilies blooming side by side. Not something you see every day.

Here is this daylily in close-up.

Violas, Sweet Alyssum, Dianthus, Amaryllis, Daffodils, Daylilies and Zinnias

 I just love these simple zinnias. They make such a happy little flower.

The rose in the background is Martha Gonzales.

This is a narrow bed along the driveway. This is the Apple Blossom Amaryllis and Pink Evening Primrose.

Apple Blossom Amaryllis

Another view of this bed shows: Society Garlic, Amaryllis, Cilantro, Pink Evening Primrose and Texas Bluebonnets.

This is the first flower for this daylily. Very Nice!

This is one of the beds along the street. The rose Cramoisi Superieur is currently the main focal point.

Here is a close-up of one of the bloomers in the Cramoisi Superieur bed. This is crocosmia.

This is another bed along the street. The rose in this bed is Archduke Charles and it is blooming along with Johnson’s Amaryllis (A. johnsonii).

Also, blooming are Byzantine Gladiolus.

Just starting to bloom is Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja).

Another plant just starting to bloom is Drummond Phlox (Phlox drummondii).

Passionflower vine has its’ first flower.

Passionflower vine also has many Gulf Fritillary Butterfly Caterpillars.

This poppy bud represents a promise. They are saying they will bloom, just not yet.

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  1. Wow Lucy. I am inspired. Your garden is really gorgeous!!

  2. Wow! You have a lot blooming. It looks beautiful.
    I have some self-sown zinnias with buds. It's very early for that.

  3. You have amaryllis blooming in the garden? That seems so exotic to me up here on a Welsh hillside. I have daffodils and tulips and lambs over the other side of the hedge but amaryllis? That would be a dream of another world.

  4. Just beautiful. Love your foundation plantings - Gorgeous:)

  5. So much going on there! How crazy to have a daffodil blooming with a daylilly! I love that Apple Blossum Amaryllis, such a lovely color.

  6. Wow! you have lots of stuff blooming already! Looks so nice. Happy Easter! Carol


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