Texas Mountain Laurel (Sephora secundiflora) surprised with early blooms despite a couple of deep freezes and a long run of cloudy days.
Love those grape-scented blooms.
Cooler weather should help the blooms last for a while. Some years the heat does them in.
Covered with bees ....
.....even though the camera could only get one at a time!
More blooms on this pretty February day
Blackfoot Daisy is a reliable survivor of hard freezes. It barely slows down and begins blooming quickly again. Even better is seeing this native plant shrug off our summer heat while blooming away through July and August.
Golden buds on a red barrel cactus promise the first blooms on this plant since I planted it about three years ago.
Succulents kept under wraps during the coldest nights bloom early like this Echeveria.
Kalanchoe daigremontiana blooms on a stem so large it dwarfs the plant
Rosemary thrives in my garden and commonly blooms through the winter
Suprisingly similar to Rosemary are these Silver Germander blooms
Bougainvillea were stuck in the garage during the freeze.
Mexican Honeysuckle is another plant that seems to have powered through the freeze on the northeast corner of the garden. Sparsely blooming, but still it counts.
Purple Oxalis hiding under stems of perennials
The first wildflowers are Prairie Verbena (Glandularia bipinnatifida)
Buds forming on the Texas Bluebonnets mean blooms will be here soon. You might have to look way down in there to see it.
Turns out there are quite a few blooms this February. Garden Blogger's Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.