Bloom Day: April 15, 2009

April 15th, 2009 Posted in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Happy Bloom Day, a monthly tradition started by Carol at May Dreams!

I sure hoped this guy would make it in time, but I can’t resist a sneak preview of the flowers any day now on my first flower stalk on my first Yucca pallida, planted last spring in the front room bed.

Yucca pallida buds

Beyond, at the back corner, the year-old passalong butterfly iris (Dietes grandiflora) is on a roll.

In that bed and the other side of the sidewalk, the Salvia greggiis are on their first wave, this one with a zexmenia behind it.

Salvia greggii and zexmenia

Here’s that self-seeded zexmenia against the silver germander.

Zexmenia and silver germander

On the opposite side of the walk, here’s zexmenia with Berlandeira lyrata (chocolate plant).

Zexmenia and Berlandiera lyrata
The Satsuma orange on the side keeps flowering, though older blossoms are showing off their tiny progeny.

Satsuma orange flowers and buds

In back, here’s Knock Out rose in the crape bed, engulfed by pink evening primrose.

Knock Out rose
At the back edge of that bed, here’s my spring favorite, Byzantine gladiolus.  Some escaped to the lawn, so they’re bordered with rocks until they bloom and I carefully dig them out.

Byantine gladiolous
I’m so glad I seeded the larkspur in the crape bed, seen behind the Byzantine, and showing off nicely against the primrose and ‘Powis Castle’ artemesia.  It took over as the poppies formed their seedpods.

Larkspur, artemesia

Here’s Packera obovata against larkspur.

Packera obovata

Gulf penstemon in that bed.

Gulf penstemon
Here’s Salvia lyrata, one of the first native plants I ever got, though this one’s only a year old.  I like them for groundcover in partial shade, a replacement for ajuga.

Salvia lyrata
The columbines are still in bloom, including the biggest flowers I’ve ever seen.  This ‘Denver Gold’ measures 3-1/4″.

Columbine Denver Gold
Here’s a spuria iris  in the den bed against columbine.

Spuria iris with columbine
In the rental side, this demure Columbine candadenis is getting up the courage to ask the big guys for a date.

Columbine canadensis
Flanking the cat cove rose arbor are more spurias, revealing their flexibility–full sun, part sun.  The roses I cut to the ground two months ago will probably bloom in two days.

Spuria iris
And daylilies.

In the cat cove, one remaining Texas betony joined calylophus, winecup (white & purple), Gulf penstemon, spring star flowers and the Lady Banks rose and spiraea still in bloom.

Here’s Cecile Brunner on the shed.

Cecile Brunner rose

And another passalong poppy on Amelia’s fence side.


Framing the corner of the patio bed, the star jasmine we trained over a trellis as a “shrub” has taken over the fragrance department for now.

Star jasmine

Marie Pavie can’t quite keep up with that olfactory performance, but it’s sure trying.  Thanks to my directional pruning last year, she’s fanned out as a fragrant “wall” between the patio and its cove.

Marie Pavie rose

Here’s what else is blooming.

In front
Gulf penstemon
butterfly iris
Geranium ‘Little Carmine’
Pelargonium sidoides
daylily (by tomorrow morning)
Mexican heather
coreopsis (by tomorrow morning)
roses:  Mrs. Oakley Fisher, Iceberg
grass lily (Anthericum saundersiae)

In back
Roses:  Marie Pavie, Buff Beauty, Mutabilis, Maggie, Peggy Martin
Gulf penstemon
Penstemon cobaea
Cobea penstemon
Blackfoot daisy
Saliva greggii ‘Teresa’
Salvia microphylla ‘Hotlips’
evening primrose
freesia laxa
Linda lily
coral honeysuckle
shrimp plants
‘David Verity’ cuphea
Vines: Clematis armandii, potato vine, crossvine, coral honeysuckle
Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’
grass lily
spring starflower

petunias, geranium, ornamental peppers, begonia, sambac jasmine,
carnation, bougainvillea

Happy Bloom Day!  Linda

  1. 14 Responses to “Bloom Day: April 15, 2009”

  2. By Meryl on Apr 15, 2009

    Wow, it must be warm there–Irises already! We just barely have tulips.


  3. By Darla on Apr 15, 2009

    Wonderful photos of your gorgeous blooms. My larkspur has buds, no blooms yet!!


  4. By Gayle Madwin on Apr 15, 2009

    Your Byzantine gladiolus and larkspur are gorgeous!


  5. By Annie in Austin on Apr 15, 2009

    Your bloom day is never less than spectacular, Linda – wow – this is no exception! The Dietes grandiflora is gorgeous and I hope my Salvia lyrata looks like yours one day. That demure columbine cracked me up.

    Happy Blooming Day…

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose


  6. By Pam/Digging on Apr 15, 2009

    I love the color of Yucca pallida’s leaves. To have a bloom stalk is a complete bonus. Lucky you!


  7. By Gail on Apr 15, 2009

    What a wonderful array of spring and summer blooms! I have Columbine and a native larkspur blooming but we won’t see daylilies for a month or so! You Texas gardeners have great gardens! gail


  8. By Pond Plant Girl on Apr 15, 2009

    Wonderful flower pics! Wish I could trade plants with you. :-) GAiL


  9. By Sweet Bay on Apr 15, 2009

    Gorgeous photography. I absolutely love the Byzantine gladiolus and the larkspur. Great post!


  10. By Robin at Getting Grounded on Apr 16, 2009

    Wow, Linda. Walking through your garden must be paradise right now, with the profusion of colors and scents. And what’s up with that Columbine on ‘roids? I’ve never seen one that big! The larkspur is outstanding, too. Great post.


  11. By mss @ Zanthan Gardens on Apr 16, 2009

    That pale yellow of the columbines is one of the few shades of yellow that I really like. I must remember to plant columbines again next fall. I rarely manage to get any to survive more than a year or two.

    I love the double larkspur. I used to have some but now all mine are singles.

    Your photograph makes the Byzantine glad look delicate. The ones I’ve seen in life are a bit screaming magenta for me.

    I’ll be looking forward to more daylily photos from you now that I know you’re a big fan of them. Maybe you’ll convert me yet.


  12. By Linda on Apr 16, 2009

    Hello from another Linda! How amazing (to someone from my climate) to have so many flowers blooming just now. That butterfly iris is a new discovery for me, and you’ve taken such a beautiful photo of it.


  13. By renee studebaker on Apr 16, 2009

    Linda, what a fine bloom day post. Your blooms and your photos are stunning! All I can say is wow, wow, and wow.


  14. By Martha on Jun 5, 2009

    Linda: Perhaps you could give me some pointers on just how shady the area is where your star jasmine is fourishing. I am trying desperately to get some vines started on the north side of a trellis next to my hot tub, but they’re not “taking”. Could it be too much shade?


  15. By Linda on Jun 5, 2009

    Hi, Martha! Well, for one thing, they do take a few years to get established. But I will say that mine took off when I moved it to where it got a little more sun. Another option for you if there’s too much shade is potato vine. It’s evergreen with lovely white flowers most of the year. Linda


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