Garden Bloggers Bloom Day from east Austin!

March 15th, 2010 Posted in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

I thought maybe I’d gotten the wrong address when I walked into the garden one evening last week. Where was I? Where had all these plants come from overnight?

Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Sky Jacket’

Hyacinth, Hyacinthus orientalis 'Sky Jacket'

The first of the Dutch iris.  I planted them so long ago (picked up at a local nursery) that I don’t it by name, but it has performed beautifully when divided over the years.

Dutch iris

Narcissus ‘Falconet’. The cups are now turning deeper orange.

Narcissus 'Falconet'

Narcissus with N. Sweetness and Valentine rose in den bed.

Valentine rose with narcissus

Spring starflower (Ipheion uniflorum) with oxalis in the cat cove.

Also, framing the back of the cat cove, the Lady Banks rose opened Saturday afternoon.

Rose Lady Banks

On the fence beyond, very fragrant Clematis armandii.

Clematis armandii

This evergreen vine is tough as nails and extremely vigorous once established. Since I can’t get a water hose back there anymore, it was pretty much on its own. I ran a soaker hose along the back fence but only ran it once or twice during the “summer of death.”  Originally I planted it because it was a somewhat shady area. Then, when the city cut down all the creek trees, it got blasting sun. Once it got used to that, it tripled in size, even in drought.

In the little walkway in back, the golden groundsel (Packera obovata) reliably returned.

Golden groundsel, Packera obovata

It disappears in the heat, but pops back out once it’s cool. Many beneficial insects and butterflies are scrambling for dining space on the flowers.

It’s a native groundcover, one you can pick up at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Spring Plant Sale April 10 -11.

See what’s blooming all over on this Garden Bloggers Bloom day at May Dreams Gardens.

I thank all of you who made our CTG Spring Special pledge event so very successful!  In fact, it was such a hit that we’re repeating it. Details soon.

Happy Bloom Day to all!  Linda

  1. 17 Responses to “Garden Bloggers Bloom Day from east Austin!”

  2. By Dee/reddirtramblings on Mar 15, 2010

    Linda, everything is lovely. Happy bloom day.~~Dee


  3. By Annie in Austin on Mar 15, 2010

    Love all the blues, whites & yellows, Linda – what a beautiful March bloom day you walked into – the person who lives here has two green thumbs ;-]

    I’ve seen Clematis armandii in Seattle but didn’t know it was tough enough to grow here.

    Although my far NW Austin garden is promising flowers, very few have opened, not even the redbuds. I’m delaying my bloom day post a few days.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose


    Linda reply on March 16th, 2010 3:25 pm:

    Hi Annie! Redbud just opened Sunday. It’s really interesting to see the bloom times around town. Yes, the C. armandii is tough! But it is intense.


  4. By Robin at Getting Grounded on Mar 15, 2010

    Linda, looks like you’ve got spring happening in your garden! I love the Lady Banksia in bloom, don’t you? Nice pics.


  5. By Jenny on Mar 16, 2010

    Spring certainly sprang into your garden. I exclaimed out loud when I saw the Lady Banks in flower already. I keep looking at mine but is a few weeks away from flowering yet… and Ipheion- do you buy that?


    Linda reply on March 16th, 2010 3:26 pm:

    Hi, Jenny! I got the Ipheion at N. Gardener & at Barton Springs as transplants. In fall, you can order bulbs online from Brent & Becky’s. They would look lovely on your granite paths!


  6. By Elaine on Mar 16, 2010

    Linda – What a beautiful way to start the day! Are you still nursing some plants from the big freeze earlier this year? I’m perplexed about what to do with my 20 foot tall bottlebrush tree. It’s frozen leaves have not fallen although a little new growth is peaking out…


    Linda reply on March 16th, 2010 3:27 pm:

    Yes, Elaine, still nursing plants/fingers crossed. Others are worried about the bottlebush but if you’ve got new growth, that’s a fabulous sign. Maybe time to do a little light pruning & see if that flushes it out? I’m not familiar with its cold hardiness, so you might want to wait a few weeks since I just know we’re going to get another freeze.


  7. By Iris/Society Garlic, Austin on Mar 16, 2010

    I just discovered the spring starflower a few weeks ago. I love your combination with the oxalis! Your dutch iris is so pretty. And your Lady Banks really steals the show!


    Linda reply on March 16th, 2010 3:28 pm:

    Oh, yes, the spring starflower is perfect for your lavender garden! I’ll have wide shots of the Lady Banks in a week. By then it will be magical!


  8. By Tom on Mar 16, 2010

    Like you we love the big March bloomout. The first fragrant purple iris bloom is out and I’m happy to simply call it by the name of the neighbor I got it from since we don’t know the official name. We enjoyed the 1-hr special as a recording and saw a few friends in the volunteers gallery. We’ll write ‘we love CTG’ on our KLRU check unless there is a better way to make the CTG link in our annual pledge of support.


  9. By Ann W on Mar 16, 2010

    Very few flowers where I’m at. But spring is starting to poke it’s way through this lingering winter weather. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Plant and Garden Blog


  10. By Vertie on Mar 17, 2010

    You do have a lot of blooms! I think I need to get a clematis. Anything that tough deserves a spot in my garden.


  11. By noel on Mar 17, 2010

    aloha linda,

    wow, you have alot of beautiful blooms for bloom day…gorgeous!


  12. By Diana on Mar 17, 2010

    What a beautiful collection of blooms have graced your garden this GBBD. Love the Lady Banks with all those roses. She’s stunning. And the Spring Starflower is so delicate. Happy GBBD!


  13. By Ann on Mar 19, 2010

    Thanks for the tip on golden groundsel (Packera obovata). I’ll be picking it up at the Wildflower Center sale!


  14. By Cindy, MCOK on Mar 25, 2010

    I’d been contemplating a Clematis armandii. Now you’ve gone and convinced me I can’t live without it much longer! I do believe a trip to Austin the weekend of the 10th&11th is going on the calendar … I’ve never been to the spring sale at the LBJWC.


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