Friday, March 15, 2013

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: March 2013

Gardens Blogger's Bloom Day sponsored by Carol at May Dreams Gardens is special day for garden bloggers to share what's blooming in their gardens on the 15th of each month.

March in Texas is bluebonnet season when our favorite native wildflower, Lupinus texensis, takes center stage.  A few years ago we planted a patch in our back yard and they have begun blooming right on schedule this week.  This is a preview and they will get their own post next week.




 An overview of the circle garden beginning to fill in for spring.


That's Hot Lips Salvia across the way.  It has continued to bloom all winter.


Native wild verbena grows in the field behind the house and has found its way into the buffalo grass lawn along with the bluebonnets.



Around the side by the kitchen window the orange Mexican Flame Vine blooms provide striking early spring color.









The Meyer Lemon is blooming prolifically so we should have fresh lemons to use next fall.  Wish I could share the wonderful citrus scent with you.


In the front yard the Salvia greggii is back in full bloom after its winter hiatus.


Four-nerve daisy is a year round bloomer in the gravel garden.


Nearby the Hesperaloe parviflora is sending out buds and we have treated them with deer repellent to see if we can keep a few to full bloom this year.  The yellow blooms are Caesalpinia pulcherrima.



That's the bloom report for March from my garden.  Now I'm off to May Dreams Gardens to see what is blooming in the rest of the world.

24 comments:

  1. Wow..you have a lot more going on there, than we do here.
    I can think of maybe two things to show. Maybe I need to look harder.
    Love those Bluebonnets.
    Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks Linda, between the few degrees colder you get there and the deer eating everything including bluebonnets it's a lot tougher to have blooms in your area.

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  2. That Mexican flame vine is a stunner. I tried one year but it died. your ground looks very dry. Did you get the rain?

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    1. We got about .75 inch over the weekend and it disappeared within a day. The ground is still damp down a couple of inches though. I think it is drier here.

      The flame vine is going on two years during which our winters have been quite mild. I'm pretty sure we are warmer most of the time than where you are.

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  3. Plenty to impress there! The intensity of that Blue from the Lupinus texensis is amazing!

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    1. They are indeed that blue!

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  4. Gorgeous as always Shirley! And your blooms ain't bad either! A student in one of my glass classes just finished a S.G. panel of a bluebonnet for a friend from Texas & it brought to mind you wonderful Texas bloggers!

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    1. Would love to see a photo of that! What a great gift for a Texan.

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  5. Love your Bluebonnets! It doesn't look like we are going to see many this year with the lack of rain. Might have to get me a Mexican Flame Vine:)

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  6. Those bluebonnets are wonderful! But I agree with the others here, that Mexican Flame Vine is really a stunner.
    Happy GBBD!

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  7. Your gravel garden is lovely and so many wonderful blooms going on. The delicate bluebonnets are a pretty addition to the garden and really welcome spring. Happy GBBD!

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  8. Your garden looks wonderful and I too love the bluebonnets--wonder if they would grow in my zone. We have a native Lupine which is very difficult in a garden--it's really fussy about location. Also love all your stone, which makes such a magical foil for the plants. Enjoyed your post very much, so many good ones today. Happy GBBD!

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  9. Happy GBBD!! I love the bluebonnets. I haven't seen any in person as of yet but have seen them on a few blogs. Beautiful and who doesn't love a Four Nerve???? So dainty and pack so much power. Love em. Beautiful blooms!

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  10. I like the verbenas creeping into the buffalograss - the way it's supposed to be. But the bluebonnets always catch my eye when I think of the land of the death star!

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  11. Lovely Salvias, and those Bluebonnets are just spectacular. I must say those Verbena that are popping up in the grass are simply lovely.

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  12. Amazing! The difference that 200 miles makes!

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  13. Gorgeous blooms!!!!!!! I was just responding to a comment from Steph - thinking it is silly we have all not met! Would you be interested in coming over for tea?lunch sometime? I'd love to meet you Shirley.

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    1. That would be lovely Heather, It would be nice to meet.

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  14. Yay for Hesperaloe parviflora!!!!!!!!! They bring my exceeding joy!

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    1. That's funny Louis, I like they because they stand up to everything the weather here throws at them.

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  15. I love those Lupine. So far, I haven't gotten them to naturalize for me here in SoCal but I'll keep trying...

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    1. The seeds are very tough and might need 10 or more years on the ground to germinate. We pick the seeds and replant them in the fall, so they aren't technically naturalized.

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  16. I grew up in Texas and miss all the wildflowers, they are spectacular in spring. I don't miss the summers, except the rain showers, no place I've lived has rain like Texas! I'm going to try some Lupines from seed this year. I'm growing some Verbena officinalis from seed, I hope it is like yours and will grow in grass and naturalize here. The Mexican Flame Vine is lovely. I have deer problems too, and I use circles of 5' welded wire fencing around plants with good success. It doesn't look all that great but works and doesn't wash off.

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    1. The wildflowers and native plants here are amazing all year. Some of my neighbors use the wire fencing around trees to protect from the deer but they only bother the blooms of hesperaloe. We don't have much problem with the deer repellent washing off as you would in PNW!

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