Bloom day: March 15, 2009

March 15th, 2009 Posted in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

This month’s big winner is my pink poppies!

Pink poppy

They’re a big deal to me, because their seeds came from a new garden friend, Joan. I plan to collect their seeds and pass some along. But always, Joan will be a part of my garden.

Another big deal is a picture from my newest garden friend, from Ohio!  On the phone, we swapped garden stories. I invited her to send me a picture of her winter aconites for Carol’s May Dreams Bloom Day.  She’s my guest of the month!  And, I thank her son who got this to me when her internet was on the fritz (been there, done that).

Winter aconite

Back in my black gumbo east Austin garden, where I couldn’t possibly plant a winter aconite, temperatures stuck to the high 80s for days, with high winds only making worse the dusty, extreme drought conditions.  Then, winter returned for a brief spell this week, bringing us longed-for rain and temperatures in the 40s.  This morning, it’s 49º, with sidewalks slick after a drizzle.

Lots going on, and by tomorrow, even more.  For now:

The rain was also a big deal to the various Salvia greggiis in the front garden, who quickly responded to its drenching refreshment. Here’s one against silver germander.

Salvia greggii and silver germander

The Lantana montevidensis is still going, against the ‘Powis Castle’ artemesia (recently trimmed back to nubs).

Lantana montevidensis and 'Powis Castle' artemesia

Spiderworts are everywhere.

Spiderwort blue

The columbines are joining them, too, in their edge of shade conditions.

Spiderwort and columbine


In full sun, here’s the golden groundsel (Packera obovata), my version for aconite, in the back bed overlooking the (dry) creek.

Golden groundsel  Packera obovata

Near the lettuce bed on the back fence, here’s the first Gulf penstemon.

Gulf penstemon

At one end of the back fence, yellow primrose jasmine cascades to hide the chain link.  On the other end, backing the cat cove, Lady Banks is still holding court.

To the side of the cat cove, against the shed, the spiraea reminds us why I planted her, since most of the year, it’s just sort of. . .there.  For this moment.


On Amelia’s fence, Isabella Sprunt continues to bloom, despite her sun-diminished condition.

Isabella Sprunt rose

Here and there, a few Narcissus ‘Gigantic Star’ and ‘Abba’ are still in bloom, along with this ‘Falconet’.

Falconet narcissus

In the den bed, Tinka tulips are coming up like mad, and the abutilons are still going.  But, here’s Narcissus ‘Sweetness’ against a Valentine rose about to bloom.  Beyond is the first flower of a grass lily (Anthericum saundersea).

Sweetness narcissus

Here’s what else is blooming today.
Front yard/side yard
mountain laurel
Tinka tulip
iceberg rose
primrose jasmine
Gigantic Star daffodil (on its way out)
Pelargonium sidoides
pink oxalis
silver germander
a few leucojums

Back yard
coral honeysuckle
Tradesecantia albiflora
primrose jasmine
Lady Banks rose (see last post)
‘David Verity’ cuphea (planted last week, so sort of not fair)
Mutabilis rose
a few orange bulbines
spring starflower (will open by this afternoon)
‘Theresa’ and white salvia greggii

Fragrant petunias
Ornamental pepper

Happy Bloom Day, all!  Linda

  1. 26 Responses to “Bloom day: March 15, 2009”

  2. By Vertie on Mar 15, 2009

    Joan’s poppies! Lovely. Mine aren’t quite blooming yet but I think they will soon. I can’t wait to share them too. Soon her poppies will be all over Austin.

    Love the columbine walkway!


    Linda reply on March 15th, 2009 12:07 pm:

    I was going to email you about Joan’s poppies! I’ll print a picture to send her. By the way, what’s happening with the chile pequins?


  3. By Jenny on Mar 15, 2009

    Wow! Those poppies are well ahead of schedule. I have one or two in the veg. bed that are about to produce a bud but many have hardly moved out of the soil. I love your golden grounsel in the woodsy setting. Just like the WFC.


    Linda reply on March 15th, 2009 12:08 pm:

    Hi, Jenny! I was amazed to see them out, since the others are still waiting. So glad you like my little path. It’s pretty “rough.” I’ve saved your post on the DIY stepping stones and still plan to do it!


  4. By Katie Elzer-Peters on Mar 15, 2009

    The poppies are to DIE for! I also like your path with the columbines scattered everywhere. I am getting so many ideas for so many more plants I want to plant!


    Linda reply on March 15th, 2009 12:09 pm:

    I so rarely have luck with poppies that I suspect I’ll be taking TONS of pictures. And I love getting ideas by seeing other garden bloggers’ gardens. Linda


  5. By lostlandscape(James) on Mar 15, 2009

    That’s a great crop of blooms. I agree with you on which one you’ve picked for a favorite–love the color.


    Linda reply on March 15th, 2009 12:10 pm:

    Thanks, James! Part of my editing is due to what was in focus, if you know what I mean! Linda


  6. By Nell Jean -- seedscatterer on Mar 15, 2009

    Lots to see in your garden today. Only California poppies have popped open so far in my garden. I love Poppy Season.


    Linda reply on March 15th, 2009 2:20 pm:

    Me too! My Californias have yet to come up, but this time of year is a “bloom day” every day. Linda


  7. By HappyMouffetard on Mar 15, 2009

    The poppy is a real beauty! The columbine has such long spurs – very elegant. Lovely blooms.


    Linda reply on March 15th, 2009 2:18 pm:

    I bet you can grow a wider variety than we can! But these hinkleys are very reliable to us. Thank you for writing! Linda


  8. By Robin at Getting Grounded on Mar 15, 2009

    Linda, gorgeous pics! And so many blooms. I love the groundsel, that’s one I’m unfamiliar with, but I may have to have it now. And your columbines are gorgeous, as are the poppies. Hooray for a bit of rain!


    Linda reply on March 15th, 2009 2:19 pm:

    Hi, Robin! I got that groundsel years ago from who knows where, but my latest ones are from the Wildflower Center sales. It’s one of my winter favorites.


  9. By Catherine on Mar 15, 2009

    Your photos are so pretty. I love the spiderwort and columbine combination!!


    Linda reply on March 15th, 2009 3:56 pm:

    Catherine, thank you! I can’t have enough of either. I plan to move some of the spiderworts around to cover other dormant perennials.


  10. By Annie in Austin on Mar 15, 2009

    Happy GBBD, Linda – it’s fun to see all your mid-March blooms – especially that poppy already in bloom. And you have tradescantia flowers, too? I was thrilled just to see leaves of Sweet Kate a couple of days ago…what zone do you live in anyway? Not the same zone as my part of Austin, for sure ;-]

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose


  11. By Gayle Madwin on Mar 15, 2009

    I just love the shot of the bed overlooking the dry creek. I think every garden should have rocks like that in it.


    Linda reply on March 16th, 2009 4:19 pm:

    Oh my gosh, Gayle, you made my day!


  12. By Pam/Digging on Mar 16, 2009

    Your blooms are wonderful, Linda. I especially love that pink poppy. It just says spring to me.


    Linda reply on March 16th, 2009 4:20 pm:

    Thanks, Pam, I’ll save you some seeds.


  13. By Linda on Mar 16, 2009

    Hi Linda, thanks for visiting my blog (one Linda to another!). What an amazing array of blooms you have – I’m unused to seeing roses blooming at the same time as daffodils.
    Interesting about your mother-in-law being Scottish. My step-mum-in-law is American, and a more gracious, lovely lady you couldn’t hope to meet.


    Linda reply on March 16th, 2009 4:21 pm:

    This is too fabulous! My mother-in-law is gracious and lovely, too. What a kick that we swapped oceans for moms-in-law. Linda


  14. By Renee on Mar 16, 2009

    Gorgeous photos, Linda. Your garden is putting on a great show. Love that poppy!


    Linda reply on March 17th, 2009 3:21 pm:

    Renee, thanks!


  15. By mss @ Zanthan Gardens on Mar 18, 2009

    I love your yellow columbines. I plant and replant them but they are not happy with me. It’s one of the few yellows I really like.

    I also love the spiraea. In some yards in my ‘hood, they look like fountains of foam. I have but a few sprays. The flowers are even prettier when you look up close (or through the camera lens like you did.)

    I only had one daffodil bloom this year. Even my very dependable ‘Hawera’ daffodils have gone missing. Do yours come back each year?


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