Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wildflower Wednesday

I am so happy to participate in another installment of Wildflower Wednesday hosted by Gail over at Clay and Limestone. Here in my part of Texas, we have had wonderful spring rains, thus greatly increasing the number of wildflowers along our highways. I love the kaleidoscope of wildflowers blooming in and a around my garden. Here is a little snapshot of what’s in bloom in my own garden today.
Wine Cup (Calirhoe involucrate) has a lovely color. I currently, have it planted below my bottle tree. I love the cobalt blue and these cupped purple flowers together.

Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) are easily started from seed. This flower just opened today. It is the first of the season.

Texas Paintbrush (Castilleja indivisa) has done very well for me this year. I have several plants that have come up from seed I directed sowed last fall. The flower shape is so unusual.

Firewheel (Gaillardia arisata) is a very hardy native. The flowers are red and yellow. Very Attractive!

Texas Bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis) is the state flower of Texas. Gotta Love It! We have had several cool weeks and the flowers still look lovely.

Plains Coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria) is so delicate. I love the way the small flower bounce on the breeze. This plant can easily be started from seeds planted in the fall.

Here we have Yellow Cosmos-Klondyke Mix and Pink Evening primrose growing together. I thought the color combination was a happy accident. The yellow of the cosmos picks up the yellow center of the primrose.

White Mistflower (Eupatorium wrightii) just started to bloom. It is a favorite of bees and butterflies.

Clasping Coneflower (Rudbeckia amplexicaulis) is an annual. The bright yellow flowers look great with my Julia Childs rose.

Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinea) is a favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies. I find that as the weather heats up this beauty would prefer a little afternoon shade. One of my favorite wild flowers, due to it’s long bloom time.

Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnaris) is another great native. The flower shape is so beautiful. I love the dark drooping petals.

Esperanza (Tecoma stans) is a native to central and western Texas. The trumpet shaped yellow flowers are loved by bees and butterflies. Very attractive!
If you would like to see a few more wildflower pictures follow this link: Wildflower Wednesday

4 comments:

  1. Lucy, I love your wildflowers! I will have a few of them in bloom by August!
    What a difference a thousand plus miles means to flowering schedules. Tecoma stans is new to me~It's lovely. So glad your celebrating wildflowers, too! gail

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  2. Beautiful blooms!
    I love those colors orange and especially, Ratibia Columnaris.

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  3. Strange to see things you describe as wildflowers which are not so here at all! The idea that you have rudbeckia flowering already is awesome. I have some tiny seeds just germinating in the greenhouse!

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  4. Wow, I can't believe all that is blooming for you! It's starting to feel like summer here in central Texas - bluebonnets long gone, Mexican hats not begun yet. Lovely blooms!

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