Friday, June 15, 2012

garden bloggers' bloom day

Previously undiscovered daylily

I was too lazy to post last month. Check out blooms from all over the place at May Dreams Gardens. We Austinites are now entering the it's-never-going-to-rain-here-again days, which combined with highs in the mid to upper nineties, makes me a little grumpy. But at least we've only had one triple-digit (101) day so far. And who could stay grumpy for very long with these cheery daylilies. Although they were probably planted more than 30 years ago, I somehow missed them because they were squished between fences, but husband Kurt recently took down the old chainlink and weeded that area. They appeared within a few days.

Forsythia Sage (salvia madrensis) passalong from Renee Studebaker

When Renee gave me some of her Forsythia Sage a year and a half ago, it was less than a foot tall. Now it's close to six feet. It's fairly drought-tolerant, but this week I've had to water it. It's quite melodramatic when it needs more water, very droopy. 

Bee Balm passalong from Daphne Richards

This is my first experience with Bee Balm, but I really like it so far, especially because it seems to need little water and keeps putting on blooms.

Three-year-old Skullcap resurrected itself.

First spring bloom on the very tough seven-year-old miniature rose, "Red Cascade"

The last of the lovely larkspur, whose seeds were given to me by MSS at Zanthan Gardens

And finally, the Society Garlic planted at the edge of the vegetable garden is getting enough water to bloom.

Also blooming now are Blue Plumbago, Turk's Cap, purple and white trailing Verbena, purple and white Lantana, purple and white Ruellia, and white Gaura. 

4 comments:

Lancashire rose said...

What a lovely surprise to find the day lily. It looks very similar to the one in my garden that grew from seed. Is your S madrensis flowering. I had one last year but it didn't flower until the fall. I love, love, love it. Happy Bloom day Iris.

Iris said...

Lancashire rose-- The day lily has been such a pleasant surprise. The only other time the salvia madrensis has flowered was last September, so I was surprised at its showing now, too. Happy Bloom Day to you, too!

TexasDeb said...

Such gorgeous blooms. I was hoping to get a GBBD post out this month but alas, no such luck. Doesn't matter too much - it seems that nothing new is blooming around here so it was so refreshing to see your pretties all lined up this way.

Your day lilies are such a fun find. Thanks for sharing them.

Plant Stands said...

I'd say those day lilies were worth the weeding! Hope everything weathered the Texas summer heat OK.